Superbly suited to its architectural shell, this charming, traditionally decorated room at the Menagerie reflects the unerring taste and imagination of English house historian Gervase Jackson-Stops.

Photograph by Christopher Simon Sykes

About The English Room

There is a certain distinctive look in home decoration that says “English,” an instantly recognizable style that is the result of diverse influences that have been adopted and adapted into English homes. In this book, Chippy Irvine considers important English interiors which epitomize all that is creative and inspiring in that unique aesthetic.

The town and country have long been the complementary aspects of life in England, and houses in both urban and rural settings are featured in this survey. THE ENGLISH ROOM takes you on a room-by-room exploration of the English home, contrasting town with country life, rooms designed for pleasure with those for more practical needs, and rooms meant to receive visitors with those that are private retreats. The interiors, influenced by the history of each house, are quirky yet sophisticated, inventive and dynamic. Terraces and verandas, patios and conservatories reflect a love of the outdoors that is an essential part of English living in both town and country. Chippy and Keith Irvine bring to life the history and changes in customs that have contributed to the creation of the English house.

Specially commissioned photographs by Christopher Simon Sykes illustrate this visual survey, from terraced town houses to a country rectory, from an imaginative warehouse conversion to a Regency villa. Country cottages and London flats, high-ceilinged sitting rooms and stone-flagged farmhouse kitchens, all conjure up that quintessential Englishness. Embracing work varying from the eighteenth-century ornamentation of William Kent, the first “interior decorator,” to the modern gravitas of John Fowler or the cosmopolitan freshness of David Hicks, THE ENGLISH ROOM shows how distinguished and delightful personal spaces can be created.

Chippy Irvine gives slide presentations across the country. Her most recent topic is a discussion and interpretation of the style of English rooms. Starting with the English character, with its quirky but benign eccentricity, she goes on to the influences of history on the interiors of this seafaring nation, its inspired architects and decorators, and she shows a variety of dwelling spaces. These include some of the great English country houses, contemporary cosmopolitan London flats, Regency parsonages, and humble cottages. The slides she shows are gleaned from many sources. Though her latest book, The English Room has photographs by the eminent English photographer Christopher Simon Sykes, her slide lecture shows entirely different illustrations that will inspire the creation of varied personal rooms in both town and country. The lecture can be followed by a book signing of The English Room which is published by Bulfinch, a division of Little, Brown.




*DECORATING FROM 1066 TO TODAY: a personal and quirky look at the beginnings of interior decoration in less than an hour!

*THE ROMANCE OF ELEGANT LINENS: how to collect and cherish household textiles.

*LIVING WITH ANTIQUES: how to enjoy, arrange and care for antiques in the home.

Hoop House Cover

I’m Ron Patterson with Utah State University Extension in Carbon County. Last night we had some calm – it’s been kind of breezy yesterday – and so we had some calm and I put the cover on this high tunnel so we’re just about ready to start growing things in here. read more