May 8, 2011

A Perfect Space

FEAST ON THIS — At one end of Dinder House’s former ballroom, the dining area has a custom marquetry cabinet by Studio Job, a dining table by Ilse Crawford and Rody Graumans’s 85 Lamps chandelier for Droog. Photographs by Magnus Marding

The other end of the ballroom is now home to the kitchen, the heart of the house.

The living room's hand-blocked wallpaper is a foil for contemporary furniture like Geoffrey Harcourt's Cleopatra chaise and Crawford's mirrored table for Baleri Italia.

OLD AND NEW — Dinder House and some of its 23 acres.

DOMESTIC TRANQUILITY — Scenic wallpaper lines the master bedroom.

The children's den, with a pouf by Donna Wilson.

Children's jackets and school uniforms hang on hooks in the boot room off the entrance; the hand-printed botanical wallpaper is by Marthe Armitage.

I love the combination of muted and bright colors in the dining room of this home. Definitely something I would like to experiment with in my own home.

"Dinder House, a historic Georgian building in Somerset, England, is like a child’s drawing of a house: three stories high, with floor-to-ceiling windows and a slate roof. Completed in 1801 for the Rev. William Somerville (think Jane Austen), it sits on 23 acres of landscaped and walled gardens, in a valley with a Constable-worthy view of the church spire in the village after which it is named. Like many large old English houses, Dinder House was converted to commercial use (in this case by a shoe company rather than, say, a hotel) in recent times, but in 2004 it was bought by Chris and Jo Mycock, the owners of a successful I.T. company. Four years (and five architects) later, they finally moved in, once the soul of the building had been restored — as a family house, for a modern family — by the London designer Ilse Crawford."

Via New York Times

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