• William Yeoward’s Georgian Guest Cottage

    by  • 2 Mar ’10 • Simon Upton, the editor at large, William Yeoward • 21 Comments

    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

    21 Responses to William Yeoward’s Georgian Guest Cottage

    1. Kelly Green
      2 Mar ’10 at 11:18 am

      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

    2. heather @ what's blooming this week
      2 Mar ’10 at 12:40 pm

      gorgeous – how do we get on his guest list?

      2 Mar ’10 at 12:44 pm

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

    4. Lovely Home
      2 Mar ’10 at 12:47 pm

      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 ((:

      2 Mar ’10 at 12:50 pm

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

    6. Susie @ Maddie's Nest
      2 Mar ’10 at 1:16 pm

      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.

    7. Pigtown-Design
      2 Mar ’10 at 2:36 pm

      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.

    8. An Aesthete's Lament
      2 Mar ’10 at 3:08 pm

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

    9. Dumbwit Tellher
      2 Mar ’10 at 3:59 pm

      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.

    10. ElliD
      2 Mar ’10 at 4:59 pm

      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,

    11. Chic Coles
      2 Mar ’10 at 5:35 pm

      Now that is great design work.

    12. Brillante Home Decor
      2 Mar ’10 at 7:10 pm

      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.

    13. mb
      2 Mar ’10 at 8:28 pm

      Knock my socks off.

    14. Topsy Turvy
      2 Mar ’10 at 9:19 pm

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

    15. Elie's Papel
      3 Mar ’10 at 2:44 am

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

    16. Hill Country House Girl
      3 Mar ’10 at 3:47 am

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

    17. Karena
      3 Mar ’10 at 4:40 am

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

    18. pve design
      3 Mar ’10 at 1:01 pm

      Sunny spot!!!

    19. The Muddy Dog
      3 Mar ’10 at 3:01 pm

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

    20. My Vintage Blankie
      3 Jan ’11 at 11:29 pm

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

    21. 26 Feb ’11 at 1:39 pm

      Hello! I wonder how you get a hold of Mr. Yeoward if you want to ask permission to use copy from his books on a design blog? not sure about the protocol of this, so I would appreciate your ideas..Thanks!

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