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English Furnishings in America

Classic English furnishings reproduced in America. By Mary Ellen Polson

    Fabrics from the Mary Isobel Collection

    Recognized by Morris

    In the 1890s, a seamstress named Mary Isobel embroidered panels for a tri-fold screen designed by J.H. Dearle. Now the Mary Isobel Collection includes fabrics including the namesake Mary Isobel (curtains) and Lily Leaf (chair).

    To the trade from Morris & Co. by Sanderson

    Lebus Reborn

    Inspired by a 1903 English original, Nancy Hiller constructed her own version of a Harris Lebus sideboard from red oak. A similar piece with art glass by Anne Ryan Miller and artisan-made brass and copper hardware would sell for about $7,950.

    From NR Hiller Design

    Watermeadow Snake

    Inspired by a watermeadow fritillary that grows near Oxford, Snakeshead Two is an 1887 William Morris design. Shown in one of two colorways, the newly available, all-linen fabric measures 56½” wide. It costs about $118 per yard.

    From Historic Style

    Medieval, and Evergreen

    A custom fireplace installation in Lee Green is accented with Medieval Animal tiles, inspired by the floors of old English abbeys. The field tile is about $110 per square foot. The 3″ x 3″ Medieval Animal tiles are $14 each. The custom relief panel is $900.

    All from Motawi

    Bespoke Pendant

    Crenshaw Lighting has been making custom light fixtures by hand for more than 50 years. The company’s growing collection of Arts & Crafts fixtures includes this bronze, stained-glass pendant hand-built for a private residence.

    For a custom piece in a similar vein, contact (540) 745-3900,

    Beautifully Fulfilled

    Inspired by the English “House Beautiful” movement, Aesthetic papers like Eden and Persia embody the 19th-century ideal of art for art’s sake. Eden (top) is $60 per roll; Persia is $57. Both papers are 27″ wide.

    From Mason & Wolf Wallpaper

    Voysey Lace

    David Berman of Trustworth Studios has transformed a CFA Voysey design of 1900 into Oak and Acorn. Newly available, the lace panel measures 33″ wide and comes in lengths from 54″ to 72″ (custom shortening is also available).

    From Cooper’s Cottage Lace

    Medieval Rambler

    The rose has been a favored English motif for centuries. In reds and greens on a sage ground, Craftsman Rambling Rose is hand-knotted in Nepal from hand-carded, -spun, and -dyed Himalayan wools. The 6′ x 9′ size retails for $1,944.

    From Tiger Rug

    Dainties from the Garden

    Pulls and knobs from the English Garden collection include (from top) Dianthus, Mountain Ash, Poppy, and McKenna’s Rose. All are available in two or more finishes and different color options. Prices range from $19 to $40 per piece.

    From Notting Hill Decorative Hardware

    Published in: Old-House Interiors March/April 2010

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