British interior designer, Oliver Thornton, created his eponymous studio after a successful career as a theatre actor, writer and graduate of the New York School Of Design.  The London based design boutique considers projects in both New York and London.

To discover Oliver's theatrical work, click HERE





The Oliver Thornton Design Studio is currently accepting projects in New York and London.  To discuss your interior decoration or home renovation project, email home@oliverthornton.com


Oliver Thornton Home is a residential interior design boutique, principally inspired by the lives of the British aristocracy during the late 19th, and early 20th century.  A Great Britain as captured in the words of Evelyn Waugh, the music of Noel Coward, the rooms of Nancy Lancaster and the artistic hand of Sir Oswald Birley.  

The romantic, dream quality of this period is much of what Oliver is looking to emulate in his work. Filtered through a contemporary lens, the English country house style is reimagined for modern living, creating bold and elegant interiors.



Oliver Thornton, aka The Bygone Brit, spent more than seventeen years working as an actor in London's West End, having appeared in such musicals as Les Miserables, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert and Phantom Of The Opera. Alongside his career onstage, Oliver worked extensively as an interior designer and design influencer, creating and writing the highly successful blog, Design For Living, prior to a move across the Atlantic in 2014.

In 2018, Oliver made the decision to leave the spotlight and focus on his career as a designer, which began by enrolling at the New York School Of Design.  Upon graduation, his eponymous studio was established, delivering a contemporary take on the English country house style.  

Whilst much of his profession is in the looking forward, Oliver finds himself lost to a bygone era of style.  A world of eccentric aristocrats and gracious stately homes, blowsy cottage gardens and local village halls, black tie, theatre and dinners at the club. 

Oliver currently resides in London with his husband, Ryan and dachshund, Beatrice.