One of the highlights of my visit to London last February was the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum. I missed seeing the Thomas Hope exhibit by a little over a month. Ah, well. The V&A has such a thoroughly interesting website that I (almost) feel as if I'd seen it. Thomas Hope's book, Household Furniture and Decoration, was published in 1807. The black and white designs contained within it influenced the taste of a nation.
In addition to learning about Thomas's influence on early 19th century design, you can click on a link on the V&A site and decorate your own Regency Room. How fun is that? Click here to enter Thomas Hope: Design a Room.