Ever Visited Dennis Severs’ House in London?

It’s on my list now! The exquisite breathtaking work of photographer Louis Gaillard (his photos of Sophie Lambert’s unforgettable property outside of Paris are transcendent!) led me to a magical property known as Dennis Severs’ House. Gaillard’s photos of this preserved still-life dramatic treasure in Folgate Street, London reveal interiors wrapped in wonder at Christmastime! If you love Old World character and authenticity, you’re in for a holiday joy ride of an English house tour.

Dennis Severs House in London decorated for the holidays - photo by Louis Gaillard. #oldworldstyle #dennissevers
Doesn’t the charmingly aged exterior with its festive red shutters beckon you to hurry inside the door?

Photography: Louis Gaillard

Dennis Severs’ House in London

In the 1960s, Mr. Severs (an American from California) moved to London and in 1979 purchased a derelict house in Spitalfields built in 1724 and saved by the Spitalfields Trust.

Dennis Severs House in London decorated for the holidays - photo by Louis Gaillard. #oldworldstyle #dennissevers

Doesn’t it appear to be a movie set? And yet this home exists and is open for tours.

Dennis Severs House in London decorated for the holidays - photo by Louis Gaillard. #oldworldstyle #dennissevers
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Mr. Severs poured his heart into his home, reimagining it to reflect the story of a Huguenot family of silk weavers living there for hundreds of years.

Dennis Severs House in London decorated for the holidays - photo by Louis Gaillard. #oldworldstyle #dennissevers

However, he didn’t keep the magic to himself. He began sharing it with others and offering tours.

Dennis Severs House in London decorated for the holidays - photo by Louis Gaillard. #oldworldstyle #dennissevers

The interiors? There are layers and layers of interest and secrets and whimsy.

Dennis Severs House in London decorated for the holidays - photo by Louis Gaillard. #oldworldstyle #dennissevers

Can you say drama and wild imagination?

Dennis Severs House in London decorated for the holidays - photo by Louis Gaillard. #oldworldstyle #dennissevers
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To tour Dennis Severs’ House is to time travel, and what a lovely trip it is!

Dennis Severs House in London decorated for the holidays - photo by Louis Gaillard. #oldworldstyle #dennissevers

The Preservation of a Spitalfields Home by Dennis Severs

I marvel at the thought of pouring so much love into a single property you hope will stand for generations to come.

Dennis Severs House in London decorated for the holidays - photo by Louis Gaillard. #oldworldstyle #dennissevers

It’s so remarkable and rare a prospect in this age of transiency and disposable everything.

Dennis Severs House in London decorated for the holidays - photo by Louis Gaillard. #oldworldstyle #dennissevers

Just one interior moment or corner in the home seems alive and breathing with mystery and magic, yes? Do you see the petite shoe peeking out beneath the skirt above? The stains to the fabric toward the bottom of that skirt?

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Dennis Severs House in London decorated for the holidays - photo by Louis Gaillard. #oldworldstyle #dennissevers

It’s one thing to read historical fiction or escape into a period film, but to tread upon creaky floorboards is quite another.

Dennis Severs House in London decorated for the holidays - photo by Louis Gaillard. #oldworldstyle #dennissevers

To be transformed by the magical yet material objects of desire collected by a free spirit who derived such joy from English history, English light, and a single English home.

Dennis Severs House in London decorated for the holidays - photo by Louis Gaillard. #oldworldstyle #dennissevers

For someone like myself who moved frequently in childhood and even now, there’s a mystique in such deep-rootedness.

Dennis Severs House in London decorated for the holidays - photo by Louis Gaillard. #oldworldstyle #dennissevers

To a lifetime of nurturing a home, layer by layer, piece by piece, and room by room.

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Dennis Severs House in London decorated for the holidays - photo by Louis Gaillard. #oldworldstyle #dennissevers

You can tour this enchanting home which is a 3-minute walk from Old Spitalfields Market and find more info HERE.

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Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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2 Comments

  1. Vincenza
    November 30, 2022 / 8:46 am

    Can I just say i absolutely LOVE THIS POST!!!! Beautiful, thanks for sharing….definitely going to PIN this one. Merry Christmas.

    • Michele
      Author
      November 30, 2022 / 9:51 am

      Yay! So happy you liked – I want to be in London for Christmas someday, and would love to visit this home! 🙂 Peace to you right where you are.

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