This house is designed by Edwin Lutyens and is called Homewood. It's basically what I had in mind for Winterfold, the house in A Place for Us. i love Lutyens houses, arts and crafts, all of that. I had this photo on my desk while i was writing it. (I've never been there, maybe it's next to a main road by the dump.)
Blackwell - The Arts & Crafts house - Bowness-on-Windermere
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I know it might look crazy, but it was really important that I understood the layout of the house so I could believe they were all there! So I bought a blank pop-up book from a children's art shop and filled it full of pictures of houses and did a floor plan.(Also proof that writers will use ANY excuse to get out of doing any actual writing)
I always had Carnation Lily Lily Rose in mind when writing the book. it is one of my favourite paintings (by John Singer Sargent). He painted it over a period of several months in the evening dusk each night just to capture that curious quality of the light. I love the girls' absorption of what they're doing and the Chinese lanterns, and the sense of an English garden around them. It doesn't feature in the book, just was important for the feeling overall.