Reveal: Match Point Parlour in Ardmore & 16 Inspiring Design Books

This captivating sitting room had fantastic historical features to inspire our design; with stunning views into the back garden, we just had to pull elements of the exterior into this light-filled space. The graceful arches of the windows and interior doors are subtly mimicked by softly curved elements within the room- the fantastically lush wallpaper, burl wood coffee table and arced chandelier just to name a few.

Creating a beautiful space to gather with plenty of opportunities for activities was a priority for this family. With multiple seating areas available, the symmetry of the mirrored sofas offers the possibility of relaxed lounging – while the marble-topped gaming table and caned back chairs presents a place for group fun. Anyone up for a game of chess or a quick 1,000 piece puzzle?

While this parlour has a gorgeous finished aesthetic, it took a number of behind-the-scenes trades professionals to make it happen – all of which were project managed by our team at Michelle Gage Interiors. We so enjoyed creating this simply swoon-worthy sitting room just off the dining area- the perfect space for entertaining or enjoying a beautifully slow morning.


Love the look? We’re sharing some of our favorite design books for inspiration and styling on coffee tables or stacking on bar carts with other vintage treasures. In addition to serving as a source of education and artistry, we love how they can bring a pop of color, texture or dimension in a pinch – as well as spark conversation and curiosity for one’s own home and style. 

For your convenience, we’ve included links to Amazon but strongly encourage you to support your local booksellers – a few of which we’ve recommended below. Jeff Bezos is doing just fine.

Evocative Style by Kelly Wearstler
Every Room
Every Room Should Sing by Beata Heuman
British Designers
British Designers at Home by Jenny Rose-Innes
a tale of interiors
A Tale of Interiors by Pierce & Ward
Kit Kemp_Every Room
Every Room Tells a Story: Kit Kemp
Island Whimsy
Island Whimsy by Celerie Kemble
Katie Ridder_More Rooms
More Rooms by Katie Ridder
de gournay book cover
de Gournay: Hand Painted Interiors
Inviting Interiors
Inviting Interiors: A Fresh Take on Beautiful Rooms by Melanie Turner
Domino: Your Guide to a Stylish Home
Glamourous Living
Glamorous Living by Jan Showers
Design Sponge
Design Sponge at Home by Grace Bonney
Made for Living
Made for Living by Amber Lewis
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The New Bohemians: Cool & Collected Homes by Justina Blakeney
May I Come In? Discovering the World in Other People's Houses by Wendy Goodman
A Life in Pattern by Anna Spiro

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