“Designer Notebook”: Our Continued Visits to Baker’s Stately Homes Collection

Our winner for today is, “Luke”! He correctly guessed yesterday’s clue.  Luke actually also correctly guessed the clue on Monday, but was not the first to guess.  Way to go Luke and thanks so much for participating. Wilton House is our focus today as we continue our study of Baker Furniture’s Stately Home Collection. Thank you again to everyone who participated! Stay tuned for 2 more opportunities to win a signed copy of my book, The Collected Tabletop!

Out again on our stately home journey, we will be going to Wilton House today.  Set in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside, Wilton House is home to the Earls of Pembroke since 1540.  Queen Elizabeth I relished her visits to the Lords Pembroke at Wilton House, where the combination of power, politics and military command blended well with poetry and theatre.  Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” and “As You Like It” were both first performed at Wilton ( YESTERDAY’S GIVEAWAY CLUE!!). Wilton House is as lovely from the outside, as from the interior.

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents baker showroom high point

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents baker showroom high point

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents baker showroom high point

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents baker showroom high point

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents baker showroom high point

The ceiling treatment in this dining room is simply magnificent, and the gallery ceiling is truly an architectural gem! Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents baker showroom high point Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents baker showroom high point

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents baker showroom high point

It is easy to transport yourself to a lovely country house like Wilton House when one stands in the Stately Homes “library” in the Baker High Point Showroom.

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents baker showroom high point

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents baker showroom high point

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents baker showroom high point

And a favorite piece in this space is the Chippendale Mahogany Bookcase.

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents baker showroom high point

What a magnificent way to store one’s books!!

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents baker showroom high point

This superb Chippendale carved mahogany and inlaid breakfront bookcase is from Wilton House, with its dentilled pediment and ebonized mouldings.  The central sliding door and hinged flanking doors set above a lower section fitted with four doors, each with raised double mouldings and inlaid with a multiple star motif in ebony and satinwood and mahogany veneer.  This piece is English circa 1762.   I think it is so interesting to see the provenance of these lovely pieces that Baker Furniture has selected for their Stately Homes Collection. I have not had the pleasure of visiting Wilton House, but will now put it on my British  travel schedule.  The 5093 Bookcase is 92 inches wide, perfect for a  spacious library, especially if one combined it with the sofa that we showcased yesterday from Chatsworth!

Wilton House has been the location  of many movies, including Sense and Sensibility, The Madness of King George, Pride and Prejudice, and The Young Victoria.

Tomorrow we head north for a look at two more stately homes and two more pieces of the Baker Stately Homes collection.  Hope you are up on your geography…today’s book giveaway clue is…

This river is 97 miles long and flows through the scenic Borders region between Scotland and England.  It is one of the great salmon rivers of Britian.  We will be close to this river tomorrow when we visit Mellerstain House in Berwickshire, Scotland.  If you are the first blog reader to correctly identify this river, you will win a signed copy of The Collected Tabletop!

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents baker showroom high point

Stay Tuned and Enjoy!

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents baker showroom high point

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11 Responses to “Designer Notebook”: Our Continued Visits to Baker’s Stately Homes Collection

  1. Vicky Smathers says:

    First performance in Wilson House.

  2. Luke says:

    Whoopee! Thanks Kathryn! I’m thrilled to have an autographed copy of your book!

  3. Marlis Bennett says:

    River tweed?

  4. Bonnie Cedolia says:

    The Tweed River

  5. Kathryn says:

    And I am most thrilled for you to have it Luke!

  6. Kathryn says:

    Actually it was Wilton House Vicky!

  7. Kathryn says:

    Yes Marlis, it is River Tweed, you are the first to correctly guess! Congratulations on winning the book!

  8. Vicky Smathers says:

    Oh darn! I am either late with my answers or I spell them incorrectly. I will keep trying!

  9. Marlis says:

    I am absolutely delighted to win this book! It’s been on my wish list for some time. Thank you so much!!

  10. Kathryn says:

    Marlis,
    I am so pleased and it will be a pleasure to send you your signed copy of my book! Hope you enjoy!

  11. Kathryn says:

    Sorry Vicky, but it is so good to hear from you and I hope all is well with you and your family!

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