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Inspirational Interiors

Classic English Interiors from Colefax and Fowler

Discover the world of decorating in the classic English style as revealed by Roger Banks-Pye, one of Colefax & Fowler's most innovative and talented designers.

Roger Banks-Pye was one of the most sought-after interior decorators of his time. Design director at the doyen of interior decoration Colefax and Fowler, his work appears traditional at first glance but is in fact spiced with innovation, originality and irreverence. This classic volume shows the decorator at work in a selection of the private homes he transformed with flair and panache, from a London studio apartment decorated on a shoestring to a Scottish hunting lodge where money was no object. This book is a record of the spaces he created and there are accessible, practical and creative ideas to be picked up on each and every page. Inspirational Interiors allows a privileged glimpse into his unique world of style.

Roger Banks-Pye was interior design director for Colefax & Fowler, the legendary interior decoration, fabric and wallpaper company founded in 1934 by Sibyl Colefax and John Fowler. His connection with the firm began in in 1977, when he joined the antiques department and embarked on a career with the company that spanned 20 years. Roger Banks-Pye died in 1996. Colefax & Fowler is celebrated for its distinctive style, a meeting of classic country house style and the romantic elegance of the late 18th century. The company’s interior decoration commissions range all over the world, from private houses to yachts and even aeroplanes.