Nancy Lancaster

It is usually a mistake to impose an individual's taste on a room that has its own....style. Conversely, to put very fine pieces of furniture in a room that is without architectural distinction is as absurd as wearing a tiara with a bathing suit.
Nancy Lancaster

I had learnt from going to Houghton that to make a room quiet, to make it harmonious, you never wanted to have only one 'mouvement' thng like the Savonnerie rug that would stand out. You must have 'mouvement' everywhere.
Nancy Lancaster

If every piece is perfect the room becomes a museum and lifeless.
Nancy Lancaster

Understatement is extremely important and crossing too many t's and dotting too many i's make a room look overdone and tiresome.
Nancy Lancaster

I've always liked a formal layout and informal planting," she explained. "First get the structure right, like the bones in a face, then plant it like a crowded shoe. If you have a strong layout, you can let the plants seed themselves all over the place. Haphazard, unexpected... I like to be surprised by a garden.
Nancy Lancaster

I've lived too long and I've lived too well.
Nancy Lancaster

Even if it's not a style of architecture or period you like, a decorator has to have a feel for a house's personality and try not to fight against it. I like to get the juice out of a house and not spoil it.
Nancy Lancaster, Her Life, Her World, Her Art

[I like] to preserve simplicity rahter than over-polishing. Fashions are changeable. Taste is in realizing the essence of a place.
Nancy Lancaster, English Country House Style

I never think that sticking slavishly to one period is successful, a touch of nostalgia adds charm. One needs light and shade because if every piece is perfect the room becomes a museum and lifeless.
Nancy Lancaster, English Country House Style

Scale is of prime importance and I think that oversized scale is better than undersized scale.
Nancy Lancaster, English Country House Style

In restoring a house one must first realize its period, feel its personality and try to bring out its good points.
Nancy Lancaster, English Country House Style

In choosing a colour one must realize that it changes in different aspects.
Nancy Lancaster, English Country House Style

Understatement is extremely important and crossing too many 't's' and dotting too many 'i's' make a room look overdone and tiresome. One should create something that fires the imagination without over emphasis.
Nancy Lancaster, English Country House Style

A gentle mixture of furniture expresses life and continuity but it must be a judicious mixture that flows and mixes well. It is a bit like mixing a salade. (I am better at room than salads).
Nancy Lancaster, English Country House Style

How lucky I've been to live in such beautiful places and able to make them as I dreamed. I've been lucky. I've adored my houses more than my friends (or husbands).
Nancy Lancaster, English Country House Style

[on being forced to move from her beloved Haseley Court] We are meant to lose the things we love. Anyway I have no regrets, as I could not have enjoyed it more. It is like the end of a party.
Nancy Lancaster, English Country House Style

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