Above: A Georgian-style mansion in London, designed by Philip Vergeylen of Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam
Wild about Bridgerton? Us too. Netflix’s steamy romance series, based on the novels by Julia Quinn, has earned legions of fans around the world for its witty dialogue, racy plot lines, and over-the-top design. Show creator Shonda Rhimes and her team used decorative sets, filled with extravagant fabrics, gorgeous brown furniture, and evocative chandeliers to evoke the drama of the Regency period. If Bridgerton’s sets have you longing for more inspiration, look no further than ELLE DECOR’s archive for a collection of real-life homes that have all the flair and beauty of Netflix’s imagined Britain. From a sumptuous Jean-Louis Deniot project in New Delhi to a David Hicks–designed home on the grounds of Baronscourt, the Northern Ireland country home of the Duke and Duchess of Abercorn, these interiors burst with all the spirit and humor of a Bridgerton estate. Just don’t tell Lady Whistledown we sent you.
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This New Delhi home, first shown in our November 2013 issue, may have been built from scratch, but it still has plenty of 18th-century panache, thanks to ELLE DECOR A-Lister Jean-Louis Deniot. Here, the drawing room includes custom sofas, a table by Collection Deniot, as well as 18th-century-style wall paneling designed by Deniot.
The hallway walls of interior designer Alidad’s London home are sheathed in suede with braided detailing. The ceiling lantern is antique, and the carpet is by Roger Oates. “I’m not really after what’s current,” the designer told us in our November 2013 issue. “If my work looks good in 20 years’ time, that means I’ve been successful.”
A Bedroom Fit for a Queen
In 2018, we paid a visit to Baronscourt, a historic estate in Northern Ireland decorated by legend David Hicks in the 1970s. Here, in the primary bedroom, the Edwardian furnishings are from the Duchess of Abercorn’s family home in Bedfordshire, England.
The mint green orangery designed by Philip Vergeylen includes mirror-backed trellis work and a chandelier with crystals and amethysts. Though we showed the room in our March 2020 issue, we think it’d make the perfect venue for Bridgerton gossip. It’s easy to imagine Eloise Bridgerton and Penelope Featherington rehashing events from the previous night’s ball.
Meanwhile on the grounds of Baronscourt—the 18th-century dwelling of the Duke and Duchess of Abercorn—we can envision Kate Sharma and Anthony Bridgerton sneaking away for a horseback ride.
The drawing room of a London townhome designed by Studio Peregalli is fit for any number of Bridgerton homes. The mahogany desk is from the 18th century, and the chandeliers and artwork are French. Added Bridgerton bonus: The home also includes a ballroom.
The Bridgerton-esque moments just don’t stop in that New Delhi estate designed by Jean-Louis Deniot. Here, he created an enchanting winter garden complete with custom mirrored trellis walls.
The staircase in the David Hicks–designed home, Baronscourt, features portraits of the Duke of Abercorn’s ancestors along the upper walls. You truly can’t beat the real thing when it comes to Regency decor!
In New Delhi, Jean-Louis Deniot created a sitting room fit for a queen just off his client’s primary bedroom suite. Here, the daybed is English, and the secretary and cocktail table are both custom designs.
Though the decor of Baronscourt is more than four decades old, thanks to David Hicks the sitting room still feels fresh with its bright orange sofa. The portrait (left) is by Sir Thomas Lawrence.
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