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

Cecilia Neal

Only the most confident of hostesses invites Cecilia Neal for tea without trepidation; she is renowned for mentally redesigning every room she enters. Anna Tyzack goes to meet her.