Interior Design

Nicky Haslam's Folly De Grandeur: Romance and Revival in an English Country House

For anyone who has nurtured the dream of having a country house in the English style, celebrated designer Nicholas Haslam has created an inspiring series of exquisite yet relaxed interiors that blend traditional comfort with elegance and a passion for collecting art and antiques. Nicholas Haslam’s delightful "Folly de Grandeur" is a unique country house that many in the interior design community consider to be one of the world’s most inspiring and picturesque places. The interiors and grounds represent a tasteful yet relaxed vision for a country house in the English style. Haslam restored and nurtured the house and garden, and today it is the epitome of relaxed yet comfortable good taste and refinement. Haslam explains the intricacies and delights of carefully mismatched antique and vintage furniture, a color palette of subtle, warming, welcoming tones, and a collection of art and objects that is nothing short of inspirational. The wealth of muted colors and visual interest makes each room feel larger, and this handsome, inspiring volume will appeal to anyone interested in interior design and the art of living beautifully, comfortably—and well.

About The Author

Nicholas Haslam is one of the world’s leading interior decorators, credited with reinventing interior design in Britain and America. Based in London, he has designed interiors for many notable clients, including Ringo Starr and Mick Jagger. His work has been featured in The World of Interiors, Vogue, Architectural Digest, and many other publications.

  • Publish Date: March 19, 2013
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: House & Home - Decorating & Furnishings
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 9-1/4 x 11
  • Pages: 224
  • US Price: $50.00
  • CDN Price: $55.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-3997-1


"For a glimpse of a real, and gorgeous, English country house, dip into Haslam’s splendid book. Haslam’s rooms look as though they’re loved. Things are allowed to age and shred and crumble, and therein lies their charm. The 192 pages of Folly de Grandeur, uncover every smart, cozy, and chic detail of the designer " ~New York Times

"The book covers five centuries of the house, living with its history, as well as the traditional garden, the furnishings, the comfort, versatility and ease of every corner. ...Every page and each image is a design lesson—from vignettes showing how to make sofas comfortable, to creating tableaux, classical elements, hallways, evening cocktails (his bar is inspiring), and entertaining with panache."

"...the fascinating story of the country house through color photographs so lush you will feel like you spent the night there." ~Array Magazine

"...a charming yet detailed look at how the English country house can be re-imagined for today (and for any country location) in his decades-long makeover of a historic country house. In this book, Haslam presents in detail his "folly de grandeur," a beautiful English country house lovingly tended for over 40 years, and known for its exquisite architecture and decoration, providing new insights into the enduring appeal of the English country house."

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