Designer Holly Holden founded her company Holly Holden & Company, Ltd. in 1989 on the premise that classic interior design transcends trends. In her first book, The Pretty and Proper Living Room, Holly cracks the code and spells out the secret language of old-school interior design. Her style is about decorating once… for a lifetime, and she is dedicated to teaching others how to create timeless, tailored interiors rooted firmly in English tradition.
Last year, Holly expanded her mission to YouTube, creating Classic Design Channel. Here, she takes us inside her glamorous world, exposing us to her tips and sources, touring grand homes, and introducing us to other experts to share exactly what it takes to create a classic interior that is timeless, just like a string of fine pearls. Highlights of Classic Design Channel include a visit to Highclere Castle in England (where Downton Abbey was filmed), a luncheon she hosted at her historic Connecticut home for Lady Carnarvon, and advice from Scully and Scully on how to create the perfect bridal registry. She also shares tips on how to shop at auctions, perfectly polish your brass, keep artwork level, collect and display Herend porcelain, write the perfect thank you note, and she even divulges her secret recipe for Southern Cheese Crispies.
Holly relishes sharing her knowledge and loves to impart her passion for well-appointed style and elegance. Please visit Classic Design Channel for more… not only are her tips fabulous and fun, but I also love getting inside glimpses into her gorgeous home, Fox Hall, built in 1803. Stay tuned for Holly’s next video, which will offer tips on how to shop at auctions (you can also check out pages 356-361 of Holly’s book for her Auction Primer.) And if you don’t already own her book, The Pretty and Proper Living Room (which I reviewed here), I cannot recommend it more highly. It is available for purchase through prettyandproper.com and Amazon.