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The House of Lancaster

Nancy Lancaster’s influence on interior design continues to this day, so Annabel felt it was right to use her as an inspiration when it came to creating a scheme for this English country house. Nancy is known for her individual use of colour, a lightness of touch and a well-developed sense of scale that allowed her to create the unexpected. She was a bold pioneer, with a wonderful looseness in her style that dispensed with the rigid grandeur of the Victorian age.

Sitting Room

The House of Lancaster - Sitting Room

When Annabel created this sitting room, she wanted to play with colour, in the same way that Nancy liked to. She chose a bold green and then mixed in traditional and contemporary elements. Annabel borrowed inspiration from different design periods, pairing classical paintings with Chinoiserie-style pieces and a rather sleek corner sofa.


Dining Room

The House of Lancaster - Dining Room

Nancy believed that oversized scale was more effective than undersized, so Annabel went bold with her dining room, furnishing it with a magnificent wooden table and expressive framed collages. She then incorporated colour by adding ceramics and a fleet of Stafford Dining Chairs in varying shades of green and blue.

The House of Lancaster - Dining Room



Bedroom

The House of Lancaster - Bedroom

Contemporary meets classic in this relaxing bedroom. The cabriole chair and powder blue walls pay tribute to the period setting whilst abstract wall art and a Berber rug imbue the space with unique appeal. Accessories are just as important to Annabel as they were to Nancy; here, she demonstrates how it only takes a scattering of them to transform the look and feel of a room.


Study

The House of Lancaster - Study

Annabel took the view that you’re much more likely to accomplish tasks in a study that’s beautiful. She combined faux shagreen, leather and faux tortoiseshell finishes to create a room that is as elegant as it is practical. The result is an ideal reading spot: the Ashmolean Shelves are perfectly sized to hold rows of books and both the Zola Chair and reading lamp are fully adjustable.

The House of Lancaster - Study



Hallway

This quintessentially English hallway is a minimalist take on Nancy’s style. The room was already blessed with incredible period features, like the flagstone floor and elegant architrave, so it only needed a few keys pieces here and there. Annabel chose several designs in gold, they evoke such an air of grandeur.

The House of Lancaster - Hallway

This quintessentially English hallway is a minimalist take on Nancy’s style. The room was already blessed with incredible period features, like the flagstone floor and elegant architrave, so it only needed a few keys pieces here and there. Annabel chose several designs in gold, they evoke such an air of grandeur.

The House of Lancaster - Hallway