Image from page 118 of "Lutyens houses and gardens" (1921)
Title: Lutyens houses and gardens
Authors: Weaver, Lawrence, 1876-1930
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the carpet adds its note of fine colour. There is a general increase in richness as we go fromvestibule to staircase hall, and from the latter to the mainhall, which gives on to the terrace. The hall (Fig. 79) isnotable both in its plan and proportions. Its middle spaceis divided from the sides (which serve as passage-ways tothe terrace doors) by columns of a green Siberian marble,then for the first time used in England. The middle ceilingis treated as a great shaped panel with a rib of so heavy Heathcote, Ilkley in a section that nothing but the sure judgment of its designerhas saved it from seeming clumsy. The windows are towards the outside of the walls, anarrangement which gives a deep-set look within, and thethickness of the walls prevents the afternoon sun frompouring directly into the room. Notable among the manylittle devices which add to the amenities of the house arethe curtain blinds of embroidered brocade which opendoor-fashion on swinging rods, an improvement on ordinary
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79.—The Hall at Heathcote. 112 Architect and Client forms of blind and curtain. At each end of the hall areglazed cabinets for china, which show delicacy of detailcombined with a prevailing simplicity. It is rarely the case,as at Heathcote, that the architect has the opportunity ofdesigning every piece of furniture for the house and choosingevery hanging and carpet. The overruling unity whichhere prevails is not only a tribute to the skill of the designer,but to the unusual wisdom of the client. Mr. Hemingwayhad the judgment to value the policy of the free hand,and he is to be congratulated as much as his architect,who has risen to the occasion by devising every detail,
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