Arts and Crafts designs - both originals and reproductions - are the timeless choice for today's pared-down interiors. They are associated with the use of fine natural materials, solid construction and the highest standards of craftsmanship. This book is for everyone who wants a taste of this style, whether your goal is a faithful recreation of the look or a sympathetic mix of the authentic and the contemporary. The Rooms shows a range of modern homes - some in which Arts and Crafts has been combined with modern living to create a fresh new look, and others in which a more traditional approach has been taken. The Elements of the look are then explored in detail, from pattern and motif to furniture, metalware, lighting and textiles.
Ros was born in London in 1960. She read English at Oxford and her first job was working for an antique dealer who specialised in early silver. Her most difficult task was being taken for a walk by two English mastiffs, both of whom weighed more than she did.
Fortunately, it wasn't too long before she was offered a job at The World of Interiors, an innovative magazine based in upstairs rooms on Fulham Road. She was Features Editor for several years, left to work as a freelance writer, and then returned after the birth of her first daughter to work part time. When her second daughter was born, Ros went freelance again which is where she has remained ever since, writing about houses, their occupants and their interiors. Ros has written and contributed to many books and is the recipient of several awards.
In 2002 she moved from London to the West Country to a 16th century house close to the sea. The restoration of the house is now finished, but the large garden is an ongoing project.
She is the author of the forthcoming title Farrow & Ball Living with Colour, along with Interiors by Design, Old House New Home and the bestselling Perfect English and Perfect English Cottage (all published by Ryland Peters & Small).
'Any book by Ros Byam Shaw inspires confidence and delight, being brilliantly researched and handsomely illustrated.' The World of Interiors