The Italian Drawing Room is sumptuously decorated by Italian designer Peter Malacrida from the firm White Allom. The room incorporates a number of items salvaged from their former home in London at 47 Grosvenor Square an example of this is the cupboard which is lit in the back of the photograph. These cupboards housed Stephen’s Italian ceramics collection, and still has some of these examples of 16th century maiolica. The marble fireplace is Italian in inspiration and was probably designed by Malacrida, which the painted decoration and false plaster beams imitate Hungarian folk art. The hollow beams accommodated concealed lighting directed on to the paintings – a chic device borrowed from Paris. The walls and ceilings were painted cream with the addition of a honey-coloured glaze on top.