A Queen-Anne Charmer

It takes a woman of vision to buy a neglected circa-1760 Queen Anne London town house and, within a year, transform it into an elegant family home. That its graceful architectural features were intact and its room proportions generous naturally helped, and finding South African interior decorator Grant White to assist her was kismet. “When I walked into this magnificent period property,” says owner Georgie Penn, “I knew I need never move again.”

A Queen-Anne Charmer
A nineteenth-century French crystal chandelier, pictured above, drapes beautifully over the Georgian English mahogany dining table.

A Queen-Anne Charmer
The curtains, shown above, were custom-made for the owner in Italy. She chose from a selection of antique silk damasks, which were then sewn into a patchwork design. The white-painted table has its origins in nineteenth-century France.

A Queen-Anne Charmer
Above: The homeowner opened two existing rooms to create separate sleeping and sitting areas in the master bedroom. In front of the window seat, two buttoned English nursing chairs don updated, floral-print upholstery.

A Queen-Anne Charmer
The first-floor conservatory, above, just off the drawing room, captures brilliant sunlight. Potted orange trees and antique deck chairs add to the relaxing ambiance.

A Queen-Anne Charmer
In the master bedroom, pictured above, the walls have been battened in Bennison’s Faded Rose linen, with curtains and a silk eiderdown to match. The drapes are lined with a green Chelsea Textile small check. Beside the bed, an English mahogany chest of drawers is elegant beneath a floral bouquet.

Photography Jan Baldwin

To discover more English elegance, see “A Queen-Anne Charmer” on page 9 of the
English Cottage 2017 special issue from Victoria Classics.


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  1. I was delighted to find this Victoria Classics issue and I have since been mesmerized by every page !

    My favourite Victoria issues are the British issues (September) as well as any English Classics – there is something so wonderfully cozy and haphazard about the English country style that instantly warms my soul and feeds my mind of peaceful and pleasant things!

    A perfect pot of tea, a warm and inviting fire, and a good book to read while curled up on a comfortable sofa is my idea of perfection!

    God bless !

    Brandon Hartford
    Te Deum Cottage


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