Vivien Greenock began her career at the venerable Colefax and Fowler, leaving in 2000 to start her own firm. Her work exemplifies true English Country House style with its elegant charm, comfort, and timelessness. “Too often the English country look is anonymous – like a country-house hotel,” Vivien told House & Garden. “I don’t think you can really get the right look without using old things – rugs, paintings and antiques. It is those things that give a room a permanent look, and a depth of feeling. I don’t think the things have to be grand – much of the stuff here I have just collected over time – but I do think you have to have a bit of an eye.”
Vivien and her husband, Charles, purchased Gateley Hall in Norfolk over 30 years ago. The 18th century home had been neglected and was in a state of disrepair, but it had great bones and potential boasting its original staircase, paneling, and elaborate rococo plasterwork panels depicting scenes of country life (as seen in the dining room). The couple spent 25 years bringing the home back to life, and today we will take a tour with images from the July 2014 issue House & Garden, unless otherwise noted…
“If you came here knowing it was the house of a decorator, you might be surprised at what you saw. But I want it to be lived in and loved, not a flagship or a showcase” she told House & Garden. “The house itself has a strong personality and it dictates what you can and cannot do. It said to me, don’t do too much and don’t change things too much, so we haven’t.”
I think it is perfect, and I am a huge fan of Vivien’s work. To read more about this beautiful home, please visit House & Garden, and I also recommend viewing Vivien Greenock’s portfolio and press room.