Living in the House
Here we see how Georgian and Regency house was lived in. The South Drawing Room at 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields is shown, with its striking yellow walls and furnishings. We also see the Breakfast Room at number 12, Soane’s first house in Lincoln’s Inn Fields. This was decorated with a pattern of trellis and honeysuckle on the vaulted ceiling.
Soane’s bedroom and bathroom in number 13 show the intimate aspect of his life and we see how water was brought into the house. Dining is shown in an elegant, Soane-designed dining room and we see a Georgian kitchen designed by a contemporary of Soane’s - James Playfair.
Here are Soane’s own bedroom and bathroom. They were on the second floor and were simpler than other rooms in the house and similar to other Regency bedrooms and bathrooms in London town houses, although bathrooms were unusual. See drawing Water Pipes at Bagnigge Wells and Bill for Water Rates for how water was supplied to the house.
These rooms were both decorated with the same wallpaper, the bedroom has a four-poster bed and in the bathroom there is a large chimney-piece decorated with blue and white Chinese pots with a mirror or looking-glass above; in front of the bath is a mahogany panel. These rooms, together with others on this floor will be restored and opened to the public in 2013