A Place To Call Home by James Farmer–Proof That Classic Design Is Alive and Well!

Over the past five years, the little decorating/design library in my home office has grown. There's still a little room left to add the occasional favorite book, but I have to be more selective now that space is becoming more limited. Recently I learned about a delightful designer by the name of James T. Farmer. Have you heard of him? I don't know how I missed him all these years, especially since he … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: The Romance of British Colonial Style

The book I'm sharing today is one I purchased back in March of last year. I looked through it and enjoyed the photos when it arrived, but only recently when I began to read it, did I realize how much history is woven through the pages. History never looked so lovely as it does in this book!   In the BNOTP Library: The Romance of British Colonial Style Author: Tricia Foley   3 … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: At Home With Country

Christina Strutt, a former stylist for vogue and the shop owner of Cabbages & Roses in Chelsea, London, is the author of several beautiful books including the one I'm sharing from my library today.   In the BNOTP Library: At Home With Country Author: Christina Strutt 3 Things I Like About This Book: I love a lot of different decorating styles and the beautiful homes featured … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Colefax and Fowler: The Best in English Interior Decoration

If you're a lover of English Country design, this book is about the firm that pretty much invented this style of decorating. They greatly influenced some of our favorite designers including Arthur Hadley, Mario Buatta and Mark Hampton.   In the BNOTP Library: Colefax and Fowler: The Best In English Interior Decoration Author: Chester Jones   3 Things I Like About This … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: John Fowler, Prince of Decorators

Being a big fan of the work of designer, Mario Buatta, a few years ago I went in search of books about John Fowler. Mario has mentioned many times in interviews and books how greatly influenced he was by his work. He credits John Fowler with teaching him how to use color and how to arrange and use furnishings in a room.   In the BNOTP Library: John Fowler, Prince of Decorators Author: Martin … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Classic Design Styles

When I discovered all the wonderful books written by the English designer, Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, elder daughter of the 11th Duke of Marlborough, I was hooked. I have several of her books (7 at last counting) and love them all! Her books never feel dated and are always relevant since the subject is always centered around classic, timeless design. If you love English design, you'll love this … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Equestrian Style

I've never ridden a horse, although I think they're beautiful, and I would starve to death if I had to hunt for my food, but there's just something about the whole equestrian and hunt lifestyle in design, decor and clothing that I find so appealing and intriguing.   In the BNOTP Library: Equestrian Style: Home Design, Couture, and Collections from the Eclectic to the Elegant Author: Vicky … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: The Art of Decoration

Though the book I'm sharing today is an older book, it's written about a topic that's classic and forever in style: English Design.   In the BNOTP Library: The Art of Decoration Author: Nina Camptbell Hardcover: 160 pages   3 Things I Like About This Book: One of Nina Campbell's first jobs was working with John Fowler of Colefax and Fowler. You can see John Fowler's … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: English Country, Living in England’s Private Houses

With the return of Downton Abbey, I have English Country decorating and design on the mind. Author, Caroline Seebohm is taking us inside beautiful English Country homes you would normally never get to see.   In the BNOTP Library: English Country Author: Caroline Seebohm Hardcover: 288 pages Size: 10.5 x 10.2 x 1.2 3 Things I Like About This Book: I'm not sure why the description … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: The Victorian Country House by Mark Girouard

Yesterday we toured Highclere Castle, the Victorian country house where the popular British drama, Downton Abbey is filmed each year. If you have an interest in learning more about Victorian country houses like Highclere, today's book is a good one to consider. You can tell the author has done his research.   In the BNOTP Library: The Victorian Country House Author: Mark Girouard Hardcover: … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Bringing It Home: England

Every time I pull a book off the shelf to share, I invariably think, "I love this book, I should have already shared this one." Then I remember, I always think that about all the books I've shared.   In the BNOTP Library: Bringing It Home: England: The Ultimate Guide to Creating the Feeling of England in Your Home Author: Cheryl MacLachlan Hardcover: 192 pages Book Size: 10.8 x 8.5 x … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: The Englishman’s Room

It was the title that drew me to this book, loving English design as I do, but this is far from your average decorating or design book.   In the BNOTP Library: The Englishman's Room Author: Alvide Lees-Milne Hardcover: 144 pages Book Size: 10.8 x 8.6 x 0.8   3 Things I Like About This Book: The author had 31 Englishmen share about their favorite room and why it's their … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: William Yeoward At Home

It's been a few days since I shared a book from my library. I'm still working on the logistics of setting up a separate "subscribe or sign-up" for the BNOTP Library posts. So, look for that soon. I'll make a big announcement on the blog and try to remember to mention it several times so if you enjoy the decor, gardening and entertaining book-post-reviews, you'll still receive those when they are published … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Nicky Haslam’s Folly De Grandeur

My main computer, the one where I store all my photos, is at the computer doctor getting worked on. It feels like I'm missing my right arm. Hopefully I will have it back in the next day or two. In the meantime, I thought I'd share a beautiful book from my decor library. If you're new to this series I started a while back, you'll find all the books I've shared on the topics of Decorating, Gardening and … [Read more...]




In the BNOTP Library: Perfect English Cottage

Having just featured a book depicting lots of wonderful rooms decorated in English style, I couldn't resist sharing another one of my favorite English design books. You may remember when I featured the book, Perfect English by Ros Byam Shaw. Last summer I was excited to discover she has also written a book on cottage design.   In the BNOTP Library: Perfect English Cottage Author: Ros Byam … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: English Decoration

I love English design! Long before I even knew what "style" or "look" fell under the moniker of English Design, I accidentally decorated my living room in an English/Hunt vibe. I decorated that room just buying what I loved, never thinking about a particular style or design.   It was actually a dearheart on Rate My Space (remember that site) who awoke me to the idea that my living room had … [Read more...]




In the BNOTP Library: Classic English Interiors

It was a happy day the day I discovered books authored by Designer, Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, the elder daughter of the 11th Duke of Marlborough. I don't remember which of her books was the first one I purchased, but once it arrived, I was hooked. I immediately began ordering others. I just counted before I started writing this post and I have 7 of her books, so far. Love them … [Read more...]




In the BNOTP Library: The English Country House

After our tour this morning of  the grand Shakenhurst Estate in England, I thought I'd share a book I purchased back in August 2011 that is one of the most comprehensive and best books I've ever found on the English country house.  The English Country House by Mary Miers is truly in a class of its own.   In the BNOTP Library: The English Country House: From the Archives of Country … [Read more...]




In the BNOTP Library: Hunt Country Style

I've so been looking forward to sharing this book with you but I almost changed my mind when I saw the price it's now going for on Amazon. I purchased my copy back on May 18th, 2008 for $34.65. I figured by now it would be less since it's been out a while, but it appears to have gone the other direction. Since I do love it, I'm going to share it anyway so you can add it to your "Wish List" if it looks … [Read more...]




In the BNOTP Library: Perfect English

Thanks so much for all the generous comments on this morning's post, a tutorial for building a Pottery Barn inspired Cubby Organizer. I've been lusting after that organizer for years. Appreciate the awesome tips you left, too. Had no idea a compound miter saw could be used for a project like that! This evening I'm sharing another fave from the BNOTP library, a book about English decor/interior … [Read more...]