I always love writing about my incredibly talented and inspirational friend, Holly Holden! Holly is an interior designer who in 1989 founded her design firm Holly Holden & Company, Ltd. on the premise that classic interior design transcends trends. In 2013 she published her first book, The Pretty and Proper Living Room in which she shares the secret code for creating old-school, classic interiors rooted firmly in English tradition. My copy, which I reviewed here, is dogeared and covered in notes from use! And earlier this year Holly began a YouTube channel, Classic Design Channel, where she provides an inside glimpse into her elegant world, sharing her tips and sources.
Holly’s videography became quickly in demand and she is now filming “You Are Cordially Invited,” a series for PBS! The first two episodes take us inside England’s Highclere Castle where Downton Abbey was filmed and Blenheim Palace, the family home of interior designer Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill. “You are Cordially Invited” will air on PBS in February 2018, but if you are in Connecticut, you can get a sneak peek via CPTV on November 6, from 9 -10pm and November 12, from 7-8pm (CPTV airs in Connecticut….and parts of MA and NYC). For previews, click here (Highclere Castle) and here (for Blenheim Palace)… I cannot wait!!
Holly also joined Instagram this year, and her daily inspiration is always a highlight of my day. Today I am sharing my favorite images from her account, all pretty, proper, elegant, and classic… Just like Holly herself! I particularly love the glimpses into her historic Connecticut home, Fox Hall, built in 1803. And her tips, recipes, and words of wisdom are not to be missed! Below are some of my favorite images along with original captions from Holly.
Pretty and proper indeed! You can read more about Holly’s book, The Pretty and Proper Living Room, via my review here. I also wrote about her YouTube channel, Classic Design Channel, here. Please tune into CPTV and PBS, and for daily inspiration, you will want to follow Holly on Instagram @classicdesignchannel. Holly never ceases to amaze and inspire me with her exquisite and classic style. She demonstrates that it is chic and elegant to eschew trends and stay true to the classics, because as Holly says, “Classic design, like manners, never goes out of style.”