Glorious Georgian
2014 marks not just the 300th anniversary of the accession of George I, it also heralds the beginning of the most celebrated period in architecture. The Georgian era spanned over 100 years to 1830 and influenced the design and building of homes, from town houses and terraces, to rectories and classic country houses. This golden age was captured across the arts and culture. Its legacy lives on through glorious architecture, art and literature - Jane Austens world was set in parsonages and Palladian mansions, and artists such as Gainsborough and Reynolds, who captured the grand landscapes and the great and the good of the era. Dawn Carritt, director of Jackson-Stops & Staff in Curzon Street, Mayfair, and an expert in the period, said: Georgian houses are as much in demand today as ever. Their appeal lies in the classic convention of beauty a pleasing symmetry and proportion to the faade as well as an adherence to the classical rules of architecture. The interiors have generous rooms, large sash windows, high ceilings, simple panelling and decorative architectural detail, which look just as striking with contemporary minimalist furnishing as with antique furniture of the period.