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Talented Experts & Valued Resources

Discover the most talented experts––conservators and others who can give you the best advice regarding clothing restoration, protecting antique furniture and more......

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Indispensable Housekeeping Books

There are excellent books that provide advice about the day-to-day management of your household. Other books provide more expert instruction about the care of important and historic collections.  A brief selection––read more here...

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The English Butler's Traditions

English Butlers and Housekeepers invented many of the techniques used in museum conservation today.  Read about their role in maintaining the grand, stately homes in England preserving and protecting extraordinary collections of art, silver and other objects.

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How to Use a Clothes Brush and Cut Dry Cleaning Bills

Step-by-step directions from an experience English Butler, Mr. Stanley Ager.  Using a clothes brush helps you cut dry cleaning bills and extends the life of the fabric.  Read more here...

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How to Protect Your Fine Furniture

Upholstered furniture is subject to many elements--layers of dust, hot sunlight beating down on fabrics, animals relaxing and children of a certain age leaving fingermarks or worse.  Here is a primer to help you protect what you own.  Read more.....

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How to Preserve and Protect Your Wardrobe

Your wardrobe is valuable and an investment.  Learn more here about the day to day care of your best clothing by reading more here.....

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How to Measure for Furniture Sun & Dust Covers

It is easy to measure for Furniture Sun & Dust Covers.  Here are instructions to follow...

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British Social History––a Brief Introduction and Books of Interest

The development of British society from feudal times forward is an interesting topic. Read about this and discover other books about English Social History. Read more here...

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How to Care for and Store Equestrian Clothing

Riding clothes are handsome and represent a serious investment.  Here is a brief guide showing how to  keep them clean and well protected between fox hunts and other activities.

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To The Manor Born: The Butler's Closet––a Great Article by Julie Carlson for Remodelista.com

Julie Carlson––the talented Editor-in-Chief of Remodelista––discovered The Butler's Closet and wrote a wonderful article.  You can read it here.

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Protecting Upholstered Furniture from Sun Damage

The sun is powerful and very damaging.  Read how one couple solves the problem in a  Hamptons' living room flooded with sun.....

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Winston Churchill's Chartwell: An Inspiring Visit

Visiting Chartwell was a moving experience.  One can appreciate Winston Churchill's contribution to the world we live in today.  The house is magnificent and full of memorabilia.  His painting studio is wonderful to see.  Read more here.....

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Mad About Downton Abbey? A New York Times Article About Books to Read

Can't get enough of Dowton Abbey?  Here is a list of interesting books about the excellent series...

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How to Polish Wood Furniture Using Christophe Pourny's Furniture Tonic

Christophe Pourny's furniture polishes are fantastic.  Read more to see a step by step demonstration of the Furniture Tonic applied to a beautiful French walnut table.  Before and After photographs.

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Sites in the Blue Ridge Mountains

The Blue Ridge Mountains have natural beauty and other special sites.  Read about places to visit here....

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