Some styles of decorating have a longer shelf life than others. One of the most durable is what has come to be known as English Country Style, which works just as well in a city apartment or suburban home as it does in a rectory or manor house.
We may recognize an interior as archetypally English, but putting a finger on exactly what makes it so can be tricky. One of the strengths of English style is that it isn’t prescriptive. In fact, quite the opposite. It is relaxed, laissez-faire, and endlessly adaptable—all reasons, no doubt, why it has enjoyed such longevity. You may know it when you see it, but what are its essential ingredients? In Perfect English Style, Ros Byam Shaw looks at a range of rooms with a strong English feel to them. As it happens, almost all are in England, although this is a look that travels the world, from the Americas to the Antipodes, still predominantly English in flavor even when spiced with foreign ingredients. She explores the main rooms of a house, their characteristics and furnishings, and how they achieve that mix of comfort, informality, and visual charm that is the hallmark of English style. Ros also homes in on specifics: the qualities of patina, the important role of fabrics, how to buy and include antique and vintage furnishings, and how a collection, whether of pebbles or 18th-century glass, adds individuality and character.
About the Author
Ros Byam Shaw writes on design and interiors for The World of Interiors, House & Garden, and the Telegraph, among others. 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 (all published by Ryland Peters & Small). Ros lives in Devon, UK with her husband and dog.
The pictures are a repository of useful ideas, while the words paint for us the soft-focused dream of an English home, in which it is a pleasure to lose oneself - House & Garden
Enjoy beautiful images of gorgeous interiors and get tips for your own home - This England