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5.0 out of 5 stars It's just the best!, 23 Oct. 2009
This review is from: Perfect English Cottage (Hardcover)
This book is fantastic! Like the other reviewer I thought the author, Ros Byam-Shaw, had reached the top in 'Perfect English' but this book is just as good. Each of the homes it features are superb, comfortable, homely, places you'll really want to spend time in. This is not a book for minimalists, or people who like contemporary homes. It shows how older, unique items, can be put together to make a delightful living collage of treasured items. You won't find anything designer here, no matching or toning touches, not even perfection. Many things do show the wear and tear accumulated by time. And it's all the better for that.

This book shows creative homes, where each item is valued for the story it tells as well as it's function. You can read the patina on ancient furniture, you can see elderly, mis-matching crockery and see the passion the owner has for it or gaze at the pictures on the wall and imagine you were talking to their creator. Each item shows a facet of their owner's life, a living manifestation of individuality and all the more interesting for that.

It's also the perfect role model of recycling, many of the items are not quite perfect, but the author shows us how this really doesn't matter in the creation of individual style. I just hope the author is working on more books!
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Initial post: 26 Jan 2010 13:06:38 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 8 Aug 2011 16:02:15 BDT
Last edited by the author on 10 Aug 2011 12:26:57 BDT
Peasant says:
Good review - ta. What I like about this book is it doesn't show a style which only works in an exceptional old house - like so many others do. This book could inspire you quite successfully to furnish a very ordinary house to make it unique and special. If you liked this, I think you'll also like English Cottage Interiors (Country Series)
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