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Perfect English Cottage [Hardcover]

Ros Byam Shaw
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Sept. 15 2009
"Perfect English Cottage" explores 18 inspirational homes that celebrate the best of cottage style in the English countryside. The book looks at the decorating and design solutions that make the cottages as attractive inside as out, as well as practical and comfortable to live in. Bestselling author Ros Byam Shaw takes a fresh look at this perennially appealing style, which she divides into five chapters: Character, Holiday, Romance, Simplicity and Elegance. The featured homes are incredibly varied, from a tiny house with exposed beams to a pared-down Georgian gem, to a picture-perfect cottage with roses over the door-and plenty more adorning the interior. Each section ends with a Get The Look page with ideas for recreating the style in your own home.
*Follows the success of Ros Byam Shaw's bestseller Perfect English (ISBN 978-1-84597-345-2: 24,000 copies sold), also published by Ryland Peters & Small.

*Specially commissioned photographs by Jan Baldwin of 18 beautiful cottage-style homes.

*Celebrate the characteristic style and comfort of homes in the English countryside, and learn how to turn your own home into a beautifully welcoming retreat, wherever you live.

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Ros Byam Shaw former features editor of World of Interiors, now writes on design and interiors for House & Garden, the Sunday Telegraph Review, and the Independent. She is author of "Old House New Home," "Interiors by Design," "Perfect English", Perfect English Cottage", "Farrow & Ball Living with Colour" and "Bedroom Essentials" (all Ryland Peters & Small).

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for me ! July 31 2010
By Libris
This book, as the title clearly indicates, is filled with interpretations of English Cottage style - whether in an urban, seaside or rural setting. The author presents 18 buildings, each 100 years or more old, profiles the owner and creative force behind each, and, relates the reclaiming, restoring and recycling efforts taken to make the cottages habitable. The chapters are organized to reflect what the author calls a variety of "moods": romance/kitsch, restraint/simplicity, character and elegance. The components of each are helpfully summarized at the end of the respective chapters. Beautiful photographs illustrate homes I've not seen in other books or magazines. Decorative and functional furnishings combine fine antiques, found objects and fond family pieces. Each cottage reflects individuality and creativity most often avoiding the sterotypical. I enjoy re-reading 'Perfect English Cottage' and would love to spend a month-long holiday in any of the cottages!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect English Cottage March 4 2010
Although I have read another review , which had negative elements to it, I am at a loss as to why.
A TRUE English interior is not perfect, nor set-up and "staged" like those seen in interior design magazines. It evolves over time, incorporting different elements and eras.
If you are looking for a book where all is PERFECT in a home, where everything matches, and where there isn't a cushion out of place...move on.
If you are looking for true English style, then look no further, you have found a most enjoyable read and a feast for the eyes!!
I have another of this authors books: "Perfect English", and she never fails to provide a most beautiful book.
Only downside, it was printed in China, something (and the only thing) which I find a negative.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quintessential cottages Aug. 15 2010
a delightful array of what can be termed "cottages", from yummy little gems to larger formal homes. Tonnes of decorating ideas and insights as to why cottages are a perennial favourite wherever you might call home.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Lovely Feb. 9 2011
This is another decorating book I am glad to own. A nice size with plenty of clear large colorful pictures. The homes pictured inside are a mix of different styles and do not appear overly staged like many magazine homes do. While not every home is to my taste there are a good many that are, making this an enjoyable read for myself and probably many others. I highly recommend this book!
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ENGLISH COUNTRY Dec 25 2009
By Minze
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I just received this book and I am more than disappointed. It is just the usual Cottage type book which you
have seen already since years. Lots of untidy interiors of cottages in England and which is not really the
true English style you see in magazines like "Country Homes an Interiors". All you see in this book is sloppy
and shabby interiors you would not want to live in. I don't think she is doing the "English look" a favour in
showing such homes. The English cottages I know are completely different and much much nicer and romantic.
Believe me. Waste of money!!!!
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