Tall Living Rooms – The Adventure Continues…

Posted on: December 7th, 2012by John 8 Comments

One thing about this business I thoroughly enjoy is I never know where something is going to take me – especially when I ask. This week, on my personal Facebook page I asked for suggestions for the names of other designers and architects who had designed beautiful large residential interior spaces. Much to my delight, fellow ICA&A member Eric Daum of Merrimack Design Associates responded with a suggestion. “Look up Sir Edwin Lutyens.”  Which I promptly did… He’s an English Architect born in the latter half of the 19th Century, whose practice ranged from beautiful English country cottages to helping plan the city of Delhi, India. His classical roots are evident in the following examples of his work. And you’ll see why I was so delighted with Eric’s suggestion. (I do not know the original sources of the following two images.)


Then I came across an article in Architectural Digest covering the renovation of a Lutyens designed English country estate. I remember reading the article when it first came out. I re-read and studied the pictures with renewed interest.


I initially focused on the windows and the exterior walls, coming back to absorb the incredible paneling and millwork detailing.


The Library…


I will leave you with a shot of a room designed by Bobby McAlpine… It’s simplicity is breath taking…

I think I’m beginning to get a feel for tall rooms…

On the other hand, do you have any suggestions?


PS: A book devoted to Edwin Lutyens was published in 2000. It is available on Amazon. I’m adding the book to my Christmas wish list… Lutyens grand daughter owns and operated a furniture business devoted to reproducing Lutyens designed furniture.


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8 Responses

  1. Hi there! Both of you!

    I think this is what makes you such a wonderful and successful team!


    And John; the first second I saw those backlit cabinets I went right to “Beauport” in my mind! The astonishing thing is sthat Henry Davis Sleeper did that backlighting without electricity! Did you know that? I think that guy invented the skylight! At Beauport…….all those backit……..(a lot of them…..just ask me 50 times or something!!)

    all of those came from skylights! I think he invented them!

    HOW thrilling!


    • John says:

      Sleeper was ahead of his time in so many ways. We definitely have to do the Nooks and Crannies Tour together. Lobster rolls and wine for dinner.

      Have a wonderful weekend!


  2. You two are the best team!

    I had lunch with Julia from TG INteriors…..and we agreed we dare you guys!

    Thank you so much for all the info you share!



  3. My word was LOVE you guys,,,my mac corrected it…we don’t “dare” anyone; ever!


  4. Greet says:

    Dear John,
    I love the house of Luytens!! We are in the middle of a renovation project of a house that is very similar to a Luytens house! We are suggesting to use big chandeliers in the rooms!
    Wish you success with the project!!

    • John says:

      Thank you Greet!
      We’re having to create the bones of the architecture, which is turning out to be an exciting adventure.
      Make the project more exciting and interesting for us as we are creating the entire gestalt.


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