Our first impressions of houses we meet are just as important as those we have of people. When the interior and furnishings designer Penny Morrison and her husband, the noted art dealer, Guy Morrison, first walked into “a complete wreck” of a 1790 house in Wales, she discovered something she had always wanted in a home.
“I could see right through it from the moment we walked inside,” she says. I loved the house immediately, just for that—the ability to look from the front door out through the back to the fields, meadows, and views of the distant Black Mountains. I’ve been told it’s bad feng shui to be able to see from the front to the back of a house.” But for the Morrisons and their now-grown son, she insists it’s been nothing but good luck and happiness since 1990, when they moved in after a two-year-long renovation.
Morrison points out, too, that this dynamic of transparency is more typical of traditional, narrower Scottish lodges, though their house is also typically country-Welsh in its architecture. The dwelling is a well-proportioned Regency Style residence, with thick white plastered walls, slightly pitched roof, a façade punctuated with three evenly spaced windows on two levels, and an entrance announced by a pediment and columns.
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INTERIOR DESIGN BY PENNY MORRISON
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MIGUEL FLORES-VIANNA
WRITTEN BY DAVID MASELLO
This story appeared in the Fall 2017 issue of MILIEU.
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