Tuesday, March 2

William Yeoward's Georgian Guest Cottage

I have long been a fan of acclaimed British designer William Yeoward. His style and interiors are always marked by subtle sophistication, easy elegance and creative charm. Certainly in the UK, Yeoward is star in the world of fine home furnishings, crystal, linens, fabric, lighting, sterling flatware and English bone china.

His book William Yeoward on Entertaining is one of my favorites. In my tower of magazines I still have a dog-eared copy of Southern Accents featuring a dinner Yeoward held at the home of designer Suzanne Rheinstein. In fact, every year around the holidays, I think of his advice, “When it comes to holidays I don’t experiment. Traditions can be very reassuring. I love the fact that things are tried and tested and work."

Yeoward’s Georgian guest cottage is a testament to his wisdom and genius. After the renovation of his country home left him seriously lacking in guest bedrooms he decided to convert a small unattractive building in the garden. I love that the ground floor is unified in 'Hortense Gold' wallpaper from the designer’s own collection. It gives the cottage such a cozy feeling. It’s has been said that he takes great pride in insisting that the guesthouse is a complete fake and reproduction from start to finish. With results such as this, I would boast too!

The ground floor of the cottage is one large living space with the staircase acting as the central divide.

I love the cheerful Babes chair covered in orange antique velvet and trimmed in yellow.

Hortense Gold wallpaper and fabric in the same colorway.

A chair upholstered in Yeoward 'Poincare Paprika' marries with gold tone walls.

Photographer - Simon Upton/ Editor at Large/ TIA Digital Ltd

20 comments:

Kelly Green said...

oh my - i have just been looking at pics. of this myself!!! i love this space and have been following William Yeowards work ever since hearing him talk in Australia a few years ago. He is very talented and a delightful speaker - thank you for bring a smile to my face with these lovely images! KG

heather @ what's blooming this week said...

gorgeous - how do we get on his guest list?

ALL THE BEST said...

That's what I want to know as well! :-)

Lovely Home said...

Hello Ronda (:
In fact, the entire table looks fantastic choice of colors, fabrics and wallpapers factor is very successful
And while this is not the end of the mine atmosphere is the end result I like
Yours sincerely
I am glad that he was on this blog is for me a mine of inspiration for my work and my hobbies
Once again I greet ((:
Patricia

ALL THE BEST said...

That is too funny KG! It's such a cozy space!!

Susie @ Maddie's Nest said...

Georgous. I recently discovered his furniture line and blogged about my new obsession, the Cherington bookcase, on my blog yesterday. Thanks for sharing these images.

Pigtown-Design said...

I am very lucky on two counts:
1) I have about 18 pieces of his gorgeous crystal stemware; and
2) I got to meet him in his shop in London in October 2008. He was charming and funny.

An Aesthete's Lament said...

Don't forget the influence of his companion, the terrific decorator Colin Orchard, on the interiors!

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Yeowards cottage is incredibly charming and full of life. The colors and patterns would make a person never want to leave. His fabric/wallcoverings against the stark white dazzles the eye.
Thanks for the peek inside this designers genius Ronda.

ElliD said...

To follow such a talented designer like William Yeoward or other designers afford us to take a lot of inspiring ideas for creating new homes or to make over old interior to a stylish and sophisticated place. I appreciate his decision to convert a small unattractive building into a beautiful guesthouse. His choice of colours, fabrics, wallpapers and all the small accessories made this project so successful.

Best regards,
Elli

Chic Coles said...

Now that is great design work.

Brillante Home Decor said...

Hi Ronda, I also loved the vibrant textiles and wallpaper. Life is a challenge at times and we all need to come home to a cheerful atmosphere. Great post. Ciao.

mb said...

Knock my socks off.

Topsy Turvy said...

I am loving that wallpaper .. and that fabulous orange & yellow chair!
-Lana

Elie's Papel said...

Makes me want to come over to visit... lovely space!

Hill Country House Girl said...

What an absolutely charming cottage. I want to move right in.Thanks so much for the peek - beautiful photos!

Karena said...

Ronda, beautiful images! I love Yeoward's design work!!
Karena
Art by Karena

pve design said...

Sunny spot!!!

The Muddy Dog said...

That wallpaper, those curtains....makes me want to snuggle into that gorgeous orange velvet chair with a good book.

My Vintage Blankie said...

I just received a William Yeoward crystal vase for my birthday. What a pleasure visiting his country cottage. Lovely.