Imagine that these count among your favorite things: animal skins, purple textiles, old chipped china. Adorn your house in this eclectic style, and now you’re following the principles of British design, which hold firm to a single decree: When it comes to décor, there are no rules. “The residence of a relatively affluent 19th-century Victorian would have featured fabric from India, lighting from France, Turkish rugs, Irish linen, and Hungarian glass,” explains Andrea Brooks, owner of Williamsburg’s newest home shop, Grace & Favor.
The Story Behind the Name
“Grace and favor” is an old British term (naturally) for a residential property owned by the reigning monarch and leased rent-free to an individual, in gratitude for service rendered. Prime Minister David Cameron, for example, lives in a grace and favor mansion at 10 Downing Street, from which Queen Elizabeth could evict him at any time. “I just think the words are lovely together,” says Brooks. “It’s wonderful to think of filling your home with grace and favor.”
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