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English Houses: Inspirational Interiors from City Apartments to Country Manor Houses Hardcover – 8 Sep 2016

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Ryland Peters & Small (8 Sept. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849757534
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849757539
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 2.5 x 29.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Renowned architectural and interior designer and shop owner Ben Pentreath explores 12 characterful homes offering an overview of distinctive English style.' -- Homes & Gardens, September 2016

'Celebrates the individuality inherent in our country and town houses. Everything from inspirational urban apartments to idyllic pastoral palaces are on display.' --Elle Decoration, September 2016

'Renowned architectural and interior designer and shop owner Ben Pentreath explores 12 characterful homes offering an overview of distinctive English style.' -- Homes and Gardens, September 2016

'Ben Pentreath is having more than a moment - you could say he's arrived at star status in the design firmament... You can study Pentreath's timelessly classic (though never dull) signature style in the tastemaker s new book.' --Sunday Times, October 2016

'The master of classic English interior design. A favourite of the aristocracy, he has built up a significant following among the owners of the nation's smartest homes, and his new book... affords us a glimpse into this private rarified world.' --The Daily Telegraph, October 2016

About the Author

Ben Pentreath is a leading figure in the London design world. An author, commentator and regular columnist for the Financial Times, he combines a busy architectural practice with a growing interior design studio, a popular weekly blog (pentreath-hall.com/inspiration) that boasts an army of followers and his interiors shop, Pentreath & Hall. Ben is the author of the best-selling English Decoration (also published by Ryland Peters & Small). He lives with his husband Charlie McCormick in West Dorset and London.


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Evocative photos (mainly), though I can't help feeling this is a lazy book and the author (whom I like though never met) could have done a much better job. It left me oddly unsatisfied and wanting more. The text is slight (he says, with the hint of an excuse, that the photos are all) but really there aren't enough. The text gives (or should give) the backbone and structure the book so badly needs. Having said that, it's enjoyable escapism, which is never (or seldom) harmful and a welcome escape from the miserable-ism of so much in contemporary life. A legion of fans may shout me down, but this is kindly meant.
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I received this book for Christmas along with a number of other interiors hardbacks (all on my list!) This was way by far my favourite. What is wonderful about it is that the homes featured a real, not overdone stage sets - you can see a set of keys on the side, some gardening gloves - a worn chair, even a pile of junk in one corner of a room. It feels as though one has just been invited in to look around a number of wonderful houses that are natural and comfortable but endowed with innate stylish flair. This is where you can find real examples of original English decorating where curtains and covers are not replaced just because they are a bit worn or don't entirely match. Where pieces of furniture of different types sit happily together because they are handsome and useful and perhaps passed down through the generations. Lots of wonderful colour too - no 50 shades of grey here. If you do not want your house to look like a hotel or show home (oddly some people do) then look at this to give you inspiration - not only that - to give you the courage to keep Granny's bookcase and put an old vase on top because you like it, not because you saw it in the latest swanky interiors shop! Much cheaper to decorate this way - much more comfortable and stylish too. We all develop and mature and become more confident with our decorating . If you read this and Ben's earlier book you will see that he has too. I heartily recommend this one...
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This is a book to stare at and dream. Can't wait for the next book - mind you, I think he's taken the classy shabby chic look as far as it can go. This will be useful for future reference into the lives of 20th C distressed gentlefolk. Well, obviously not that distressed but the sort of people who let their paint peel on purpose.
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This is an inspiring and beautiful book. You need not be well-heeled to follow most of Ben's principless for good design. I have spent many happy hours catching up with the details in the illustrations. A book to treasure.
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I love this book. Beautifully photographed and written in an easy-to-read style. I love the fact that the book shows us real homes of these families. The houses are shown in their gorgeous lived-in state - not perfectly polished and staged like in a magazine. In my opinion, this is key to the success of this book as interiors are far more interesting with context. Ben offers more than just another interior design book. It's a little window into the surroundings of some very interesting people.
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Amazon best delivery service ever! Enjoyed the book. Great read. Lovely pictures
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I love this book and have read it in one go ! great price compared with store price and wonderful packaging thank you +++++
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