There was a house listed in the New York Times’ real estate section that no fewer than five people sent me the link.
It’s called the Pagoda House and its main feature is a pagoda-like roof on one of the wings. The house is in Blackheath, a village in southeast London and is nearly adjacent to 200+ acres of parklands.
The designer was Sir William Chambers, the architect to King George III; the earliest part of the house, dates to the late 1760s, and was used by Caroline, Princess of Wales, the estranged wife of George, Prince of Wales.
The paneling in the entry hall is English oak in the arts and crafts style. I love the orange sofa and the ginger jar pillow. Looks like it’s Scalamandré's La Dame Aux Camelias print.
In the drawing room, the paneling is Western Red Cedar and the floors are English oak. I am not quite sure what to say about the ceiling, and neither, it seems, is the New York Times.
Another oak floor, with paneling from the early 20th century, and pray to god, another odd ceiling. It’s almost too smooth and too white to be the original plaster. The dining room table looks like it belongs in a conference room, and the chairs are too low for it.
I must say, it’s not too often that you see both an Aga stove and a disco ball in the same kitchen! Great built-in Asian influenced closets and drawers. Great Manuel Canovas wallpaper. Not great together.
I love the pale pink walls, the crown moulding and the coved ceiling. I think I would pick out the detail in a nice bright glossy white paint.
Seriously, if this was my house, this would be my bedroom. It’s got views over London and amazing windows. I wouldn’t care if the loo was all the way down the hall! And it’s got hand-painted Chinoiserie wall paper!