Grand architecture is at the core of every stately home, but so are the amenities, best rendered in the tradition of great English country homes from which the concept derives. Topping the list of essentials: comfortable upholstery, fine wood pieces, antique Persian rugs, burnished oils in old gilt frames, luxurious linens and, of course, a handsome secretary with personalized stationery at the ready to dash off a handwritten note. Here, we keep the English country house tradition alive with a selection of the finest furnishings and appointments from some of St. Louis’ very best resources.