Edward Bulmer is an interior designer by training and one of Britain’s leading architectural historians, specialising in the restoration of historic buildings. He is the founder of Edward Bulmer Natural Paint and an exponent of practical sustainability in everyday living. His architectural and decorative commissions include work at Althorp, Goodwood House, Chequers and Chevening. His first book, The Colourful Past: Edward Bulmer and the English Country House, is out now, from Rizzoli. He lives with his family in Herefordshire.
Were you brought up in the country? And did you always know you’d
Yes, Herefordshire has always exercised a hold over me!
Can you describe your house?
My present home is a red-brick William and Mary house surrounded by ornamental fish ponds.
Why did you choose this location?
It was close to an area of woodland my family owns. Houses of this sort are not plentiful in this county and we liked that it had not been restored or had the outbuildings converted.
What’s the view from your study?
I look out onto a straight-edged fish pond fed by the River Arrow beyond. There is a small footbridge on which a kingfisher often perches.