A quote from Robert Sackville-West (from British House & Gardens, June 2010) regarding the style of Knole,  his family’s ancestral home:

“During two years of total immersion in the place, I have come to realise that whatever you do, you have to respect-and not fight against-that feel Knole has of fading magnificence, that magic which smolders rather than  sparkles.”

Now, the majority of us will not be able to learn that lesson from inhabiting our own homes, where , perhaps, there is more fading than magnificence, but it is rather a nice thing to ponder, and maybe even experience, by letting things be.

Interesting fact!!!!  Knole is one of England’s “calendar” homes, with 365 rooms, 52 staircases, and 7 courtyards.