There has been a house on this spot since the Jacobean era. But Witley Court as we know it today wasn't built until 1805, when the third Lord Foley hired architect John Nash to reconstruct the baroque building with grand porticoes. About 50 years later, Samuel Daukes was hired to "modernize" the house, complete with the Italianate look popular at the time. Left neglected throughout the Edwardian era, the estate suffered a terrible fire in 1937 that left it in ruins. Several of the house's paintings and the estate's church survived and are now protected by English Heritage. To learn more, visit english-heritage.org.uk.

Edwardian Style: Get Inspired!

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Look for primitive pieces that share structural characteristics with your favorite Victorian ones. Remember to keep it simple: Create an earthy and refined mood by using just a few select, practical pieces.

Simple but Stylish Primitive Decor

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The Doctors House Gets a Restoration for Christmas

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Discover Christmas at the Doctors House

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Set designer Gerard Marin decorated the dining room with understated elegance; entries and doorways were often swaged in this manner. The home boasts a beautiful collection of lamps, including the hurricane and hanging lamps seen here. The small table next to the banister is covered with an antique silk doily featuring hand-stitched, white-on-white embroidery.

A Holiday House with Victorian Flair

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A Victorian Christmas…Year-Round!

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How the Victorians Celebrated–and Decorated for–Christmas

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Receive a Victorian Reception at Riverside’s Heritage House

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A Victorian Home Office, Part 2

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With its ornamental crown, this fainting couch, which resides in the second parlor of Tony and Wilma Burton’s 1893 Queen Anne, is an ode in oak to Eastlake. It is defined by simple, angular lines that curve only at the crest of the headrest, and its distinctive decoration is placed for maximum effect.

Eastlake-style Furniture

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