Our newsletter coverage of Ralph Lauren’s Hardwick Hall collection, which is based on the actual country estate of former English royalty, has inspired us to check out what the actual spot looks like. Its Renaissance architecture and interiors, which have been beautifully maintained throughout the decades, have us pining for rich damasks and tapestries. Check out Hardwick Hall and ways to incorporate the look of royalty into your home:
The High Great Chamber
Hardwick Hall was built for Bess of Hardwick, who, through a series of strategic marriages, came to be one of the richest people in England. She would often dine in the High Great Chamber, as if a queen, surrounded by breathtaking plasterwork frieze featuring figures of Roman goddesses in a forest with animals. Today, the freize still looms above a rich black floral canopy.
The High Great Chamber, Hardwick Hall
The Green Velvet Room
William Cavendish, the 6th Duke of Devonshire, inherited Harwick Hall in 1811. Known as ‘The Bachelor Duke’, he had a particular fondness for entertaining and lavish decor. The Duke restored the fabric interiors of Hardwick Hall and also brought in modern pieces which were furnishings from his previous home, including gorgeous 18th century canopy beds with silk bedding.
Four Poster Bed in Cut Velvet Bedroom
The Long Gallery
The Long Gallery is the largest room in Hardwick Hall, featuring the plasterwork detail on the ceiling and even more intricate molding. Below we see a luxurious canopy of red damask and ornate carvings. Further down the gallery are paintings of royals set in gold frames and hung on a wall of tapestry, which the Duke also added to the space, making it much like an art gallery.
The Drawing Room
Not all of the items at Hardwick Hall today are originals from the space. The drawing room does contain elements that may have been at Hardwick, with the overall intention being to evoke a country house effect with antiqued florals and wood panel frieze.