‘On the Fringe: A Life in Dec­o­rat­ing’ by Imo­gen Tay­lor (The Pim­per­nel Press, £50)

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Imo­gen Tay­lor joined famed dec­o­rat­ing firm Cole­fax and Fowler in 1949 and was for many years the trusted as­sis­tant of its co-founder John Fowler. When he re­tired in 1971, he passed onto her his pres­ti­gious client list, which in­cluded HM The Queen, duchesses, film stars and cour­te­sans. Pub­lished to cel­e­brate Tay­lor’s 90th birth­day, this book re­counts her colour­ful ca­reer cre­at­ing English coun­try house style: read­ers will learn the se­crets of fab­ric walling and trompe l’oeil paint­ing, plus how passe­menterie was made for Buck­ing­ham Palace.

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