Dream Room: The Study

The study is a sanctuary of peace and quiet which individuals make entirely their own, although a desk, light source and a comfortable chair are prerequisites

Create your dream kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the country house and its importance only grows. We begin our new series on some of the attractive and practical rooms in Britain with…

Gas Lighting in Victorian times

The Victorians were pleased to be able to control gas more than the wax candles of Georgian times, although it wasn’t always the safest method of lighting the house

How to decorate your house

Our latest bloggers from Projectbook explain that it pays to be prepared if you’re about to start decorating with paint or wallpaper

Shutters and country houses

They keep the heat in and the light (and burglars) out. Shutters are a great asset for a country house-provided you install the right ones, says Carla Passino

How to interior design a period property

A successful interior is one that comfortably blends the twenty-first century with a sensitivity for the period style, without descending into period pastiche.

How to perfect a Georgian exterior

William Palin wonders whether the renovation of his Georgian townhouse will be copied by others looking for perfect examples of restoration in the late 20th century

Restoring a Georgian kitchen

William Palin finds that restoring his Georgian kitchen is not as easy as one might expect, and in fact the one he ends up designing leaves much to be desired

Creating a library

Mrs Danvers gives advice on how to create a library in a newly acquired country house

Best shops for Asian design

We recommend where to source Asian antiques, reproductions and old and modern art to get that perfect Chinese twist in your home

Dream house: Pargeter

Ornamental plasterwork often found on the outside of houses (and ceilings) in East Anglia is known as pargeting