English Styled Pastel Interiors

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Clarence House is located in London in the city of Westminster. For over 50 years it was the residence of the Queen Mother and was also the official residence of H.R.H. Prince Charles and Camilla until 2009. The house was commissioned by William IV and built between 1825~ 1827 by John Nash

The north wing (facing the north private garden and Green Park beyond) contains the apartments used by the Queen and Prince Phillip.  The Queen uses the “Queen’s Apartment” – which runs from the northwest corner to about the middle of that wing.  In addition to the Queen’s Bedroom, Dressing Room, Bathroom, and Sitting Room, is an AnteRoom (just outside the Queen’s Bedroom), a private Dining Room (adjoining the Sitting Room), and a few smaller rooms near the NW corner.  At that point her private suite connects to the Queen’s Audience Chamber (facing the west gardens), then another good size room (name unknown), then finally the Royal Closet.  Beyond the Royal Closet is the White Drawing Room, the first of the proper State Apartments on the west front.

Prince Phillip’s suite is what was known as the “King’s Apartments” in past reigns.  In Victoria’s time it was occupied by her mother the Duchess of Kent.  Starting in the middle of the wing (where the Queen’s Apartment leaves off) and headed toward the Mall is the King’s Dressing Room (and bath), the King’s Bedroom, Sitting Room, and Study.  (Note:  The names of these rooms have changed over time).  Beyond the Study are two smaller rooms- the Indian Room and the Chinese Room, and the wing completes at the Chinese Dining Room which is at the northeast corner.

A wide corridor extends the full length of these apartments facing the Quadrangle, and on the Quadrangle side in the middle is the Queen’s Staircase, flanked by two small rooms which I’ve been alternatively told were small libraries, or rooms for attendants.

Informati0n and Pictures gathered at Alexander Palace Forums.

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I Am Love was a 2009 film directed by Luca Guadagnino set around 2000 in Milan. The film follows a haute bourgeoisie family through changing times and fortunes. The wealthy Recchi family are first and second-generation textile manufacturers in Milan and Eduardo Sr., the family patriarch, has decided to name a successor to the reins of his massive industrial company, and in so doing, surprises everyone by splitting power between his son Tancredi and grandson Edo. The movie features some beyond beautiful interiors which have both a Regency element to them with some underpinnings of Art Deco influences. Many of the scenes were shot in Villa Necchi Campiglio, a 1930s mansion in the heart of Milan designed by architect Piero Portaluppi. Tilda Swinton states in the DVD commentary to the movie that the villa was perfect because they were looking for a house “that was part palace, part museum, and part prison.” I think you will be blown away by the wood veneer walls, marble floors and drop dead

Check out Heathers Post on The Villa Necchi Campiglio , and Kevin Sharkey’s Blog where the source of these pictures were featured.

Hepplewhite Dining Chairs

George Hepplewhite (1727? – June 21, 1786) was a cabinetmaker and was regarded as having been one of the “big three” English furniture makers of the 18th century, along with Thomas Sheraton and Thomas Chippendale. His elegant furniture became fashionable between about 1775 and 1800 and reproductions of his designs continued through the following centuries and is popular today. His shield back chair is still one of the most elegant antique dining chairs today. Find more pictures of this home on Maureen Bower’s Blog

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