How to reinvent Regency style

Lizzie Gordon's home may be located in a picturesque Cotswolds village, yet its interior is anything but rural

Having studied art history, worked as a fashion PR and as an interior designer, before launching her antiques business, Lizzie Gordon, unsurprisingly, does not follow a traditional style blueprint. The Regency Cotswolds home that she shares with husband Tim and their two children, showcases her anti-minimalist style - a look that harks back to the golden era of Hollywood, encapsulating bold, exuberant colours and large prints. 

'I wouldn't say I'm a cohesive collector, but there are certain periods I'm definitely drawn to,' says Lizzie. 'I have an instinctive love of the masculine form of mid-century antiques - but I like to mix it up with art deco furniture, contemporary 21st-century pieces, statement vintage lighting and Hollywood regency - my greatest obsession.' 

Scroll down to take a look inside her home. 

For Lizzie, 1930s California was a gloriously glamorous place with a bold and unapologetic use of colour. The key shades emanating from that time and place: dusky pink and turquoise, black and white, gold and metal, are enduringly intriguing for her. 'I'm inspired by the work of American designers Dorothy Draper and Elsie de Wolfe and today's designers Jonathan Adler, Miles Redd and also Kelly Wearstler.' 



The mid-century Maison Jansen bamboo nest of tables in the living room were sourced in France by Lizzie as was the 1940s coffee table. The painting above the fireplace is Road to Mourne Mountains by Irish artist George Callaghan



The portrait of Lizzie is by The Unskilled Worker. The 'Turin' armchair is by Julian Chichester and has been re-covered in Dedar's 'Margaritas' fabric. The wallpaper is 'Cranes in Flight' by Harlequin


A contemporary country kitchen was handmade to Lizzie's specification by a local company. The marble island top is 'Calcatta Viola' from Mandarin Stone and the hand-silvered mirror tiles are from The Antique Mirror Company. The modern pendants from The Conran Shop add a contemporary vibe. 



The vintage French country table was sourced by Lizzie from an art shop in France. The Eames-style chairs from Graham & Green are mismatched with Tolix-style chairs from The glass display cabinet was rescued by Lizzie from a jewellery shop clearance and the original screen print by Stanley Kubrick was a gift from friend Guy Berryman, the bassist in Coldplay



The marble-clad bathroom adds a stylish boutique hotel feel. The Carrara marble is from Stone Theatre and the 'Napoli' bath is from Victoria & Albert Baths. Walls are painted in Farrow & Ball's 'Lamp Room Gray'. The blue mid-century German cocktail chair (one of a pair) from The Oscar Collective, and the 'Palmeral' towel from House of Hackney, add echoes of Hollywood regency to this simple yet luxe scheme.



Lizzie made the headboard using Christopher Farr 'Brisa'. The German mid-century chair is from The Oscar Collective and the 18th-century Chinese bench is from Jon Fox Antiques


This feature first appeared in the April 2017 issue of Homes & Antiques. Back issues are still available. To purchase a copy click here

Images: Brent Darby
Words: Ali Heath




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