Mary Gilliatt is a writer on interior design. In the 1960s she wrote for 'House and Garden' under the editorship of Robert Harling. In 1968 she wrote her first book 'English Style', and it was Ben Pentreath's post on that book that sparked my interest. (What would we do without Mr Pentreath?) 'A House in the Country' followed three books later in 1973. The photographer was Brian Morris. Although not so lavishly produced as 'English Style' - not so much colour photography or 'empty page' - it does acquit itself well. The photography is good, sometimes quite evocative. The layout too; the title pages are very good.
Mary Gilliatt's own house in the country in west Suffolk - a bold, eclectic mix of tradition, Victoriana and Italian Modernism. Note the same fabric recurring as table cloth, napkin and scatter cushion.
The home of artist William Scott.
This, I think, is the country home of Richard Guyatt, the designer (the text only refers to Prof Guyatt). 'Casa Pupo' rug in the entrance hall. Not sure about that fitted carpet! The dining room is really attractive - seagrass matting, brick floors.
The weekend cottage of Terence and Caroline Conran.
The country home of a retired general and is artist wife. I find the austerity of both the dining room and sitting room very satisfying. Shame that these are only black and white images though.
A House in the Country
The Second Home from Cottages to Castles
Text: Mary Gilliatt
Photography: Bryan Morris
Hutchinson & Co Ltd
ISBN 0 09 111610 4