In postwar England the the UK, the country house had often become a nostalgic symbol of the romantic past, and thus an vogue for English country house style had emerged during the 50s, a vogue which was almost intact well into the 80s. The source for this trend should be traced to one source, Nancy Lancaster, the American owner of the English
decorating company Colefax & Fowler who was born and raised in Virginia, a place which culturally, socially and politically was inextricably tied to its English origins. She moved to England in 1926 and became instrumental in creating what became popularly known as the English-country look. The yellow drawing room which she completed in her own London home in 1958 came to inspire generations of decorators, including Sister Parish, Mark Hampton, and Mario Buatta.