A little while ago, some friends and I visited Calke Abbey in Derbyshire. I was intrigued as soon as I read about it. Who wouldn't be - an English country house preserved in a state of decline?
I love going round old houses - probably my favourite things to photograph, actually - but it's true that a lot of them are quite similar. Calke Abbey seems as if the last residents just up and left, abandoning everything. Chaotic, but fascinating.
The house itself is such a weird mixture. Some rooms are in semi-darkness, because the condition of the furniture and walls is so bad that they can only take minimal light. Others are better lit, but crammed to the rafters with... STUFF. It made me think of poking around an eccentric relative's house - you know, a crazy great-uncle who never throws ANYTHING away.
Love this wallpaper (yes, it's wallpaper!):
Guess which iPhone app I'd recently become obsessed with when I took this?
Plus, there were stairs that lead to nowhere. I LOVE STAIRS THAT LEAD TO NOWHERE.