I often feel that I was born in the wrong era and I’m always very drawn to history. My love for period dramas, royals and traditional interior surely reflects in my style both at home and on the clothes I wear.
Last week I spent two days in an old estate, tucked away in the flourishing Kent countryside. Imagine stunning interiors, ladies in pretty frocks, cup of teas clinging and live piano music: pictured from the outside it looked like a scene of Little Women!
I was invited to Goodnestone Park by Ridley London and there I met Camilla: the designer behind the labels. She introduced us to the new spring collection: which is gorgeous! You know my love for delicate floral patterns and silk, well her dresses are a reflection of what I love. What’s so special about Ridley is that each one of their garments is made to order in London from the finest materials and can be tailored to fit to perfection. I could live in their dresses as they are so soft and cosy and can be easily dressed up or down depending on the occasion.
Among all the other lovely attendees, Francesca, who’s the interior designer behind a 3 year renovation project of the whole estate, gave us a tour of the house and explained its history.
She brought a delerict house back to its splendour which I find absolutely impressing.
If you love period interiors and history then you must follow her, here you can find her Instagram page where she gives loads of useful advices.
The stunning interiors of Goodnestone House designed by Francesca Rowan Plowden.
The house belongs to the Fitzwalters; an ancient noble family who go right back to the Magna Carta and feature in its famous painting. The story gets even more exciting as Jane Austen’s brother married a Fitzwalter daughter, and Jane would often visit Goodnestone as his chaperone: she would write there and organise balls! They think the house did, as a matter of fact, inspire Pride and Prejudice. Jane’s others sisters also got married at Goodnestone, as the Austen’s had no grand estate of their own.
Every single moment of my stay was planned to perfection and I never felt so spoiled. As a huge fan of Downtown Abbey, I did feel like I was living in that time for a couple of days: I even found Mr. Carson’s bong!