Perfect English

Perfect English

by Ros Byam Shaw

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849759649
Publisher: Ryland Peters & Small
Publication date: 07/10/2018
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 566,631
Product dimensions: 9.60(w) x 11.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Ros Byam Shaw is a former Features Editor of The World of Interiors and Deputy Editor of the British edition of the US fashion and lifestyle newspaper, W. She now writes on interiors for The World of Interiors, House & Garden and the Telegraph. Ros is the author of Perfect English, Perfect English Farmhouse, English Eccentric, Perfect French Country and Perfect English Townhouse, as well as the bestselling Farrow & Ball Living with Colour and Farrow & Ball Decorating with Colour (all Ryland Peters & Small). Ros lives in Devon, UK.

Table of Contents


Introduction     6
Plain English     12
Model Manor     14
Farmhouse Chic     22
Back to Basics     28
A Simple Retreat     36
Plain English Design Elements     42
Plain English Finishing Touches     44
English Eccentric     46
Purple Prose     48
Upstairs Downstairs     54
Beside the Seaside     62
A Movable Feast     68
English Eccentric Design Elements     76
English Eccentric Finishing Touches     78
English Rose     80
Tudor Restoration     82
Artist in Residence     90
Preserving the Fabric     96
Material Wealth     104
English Rose Design Elements     110
English Rose Finishing Touches     112
English Country House     114
Reviving the Past     116
Elizabethan Jewel     124
A Stately Cottage     130
Country Legacy     136
At Home in History     144
English Country House Design Elements     150
English Country House Finishing Touches     152
ClassicEnglish     154
Small and Beautiful     156
Singular Style     162
Classical Illusion     168
A Well-balanced Arrangement     176
Classic English Design Elements     182
Classic English Finishing Touches     184
Directory     186
Credits     188
Index     190
Acknowledgments     192

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Perfect English 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
quaintlittlehead on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This book attempts to loosely categorise the homes presented here into different, non-canonical styles, such as Plain English, Eccentric English, English Rose, English Country, and Classical English, but really the common thread between them all is individuality. With the exception of a hotel, none of the homes shown is professionally decorated, and each offers a treasure trove of found objects and collected oddities that prevent any one of them from feeling like a decorator's showroom. These are the types of houses that make you want to know the owners, because in every room you see something that must have a story to it; they arouse your own creativity in thinking about how you could make such artful arrangements with the things that you own and love. As one owner says in the book, it is much more impressive to do something interesting on a budget and with things you already own than it is to decorate an entire home from scratch. The author offers general suggestions on what trends readers might try if attempting to decorate in any of the categories she presents here and includes a directory for further shopping, but overwhelmingly this book is a celebration of English people living their own way in homes that they love, rather than instructions on how to get a style. It is relaxed, comfortable, and inspiring, and I will be looking at it over and over again.
mplreference on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This book is a feast for the eyes, and also provided a few practical ideas that I can use.