The Peak of Chic had a wonderful post on Regency Redux the other day with some beautiful pictures and interesting thoughts. I received my newsletter from the Victoria & Albert Museum this morning and they're having an exhibit on Thomas Hope: Regency Designer. Hope was a designer and collector in the early 19th century and author of the book, Household Furniture and Decoration, which included line drawings and a scale for furniture makers. His two houses, Duchess Street in London and The Deepdene in Surrey were laboratories for his creative work.
One of the most fun links on the site is Design A Room, using Hope's actual drawings in three of his rooms, the Egyptian Room, the Aurora Room and the Third Vase Room, and then a blank room for you to design from scratch. There are furniture, ornament and ceiling options, as well as a huge range of colours that you click and drop. You can even print out your finished products.
The Victoria & Albert Museum is always hosting the most amazing events and exhibitions. When I lived in the UK, it was always a mandatory visit when I was in London. There was always something new to see, and their fabulous shop to visit.