In this timeless and beautiful book, renowned architectural and interior designer, writer, shop-keeper and blogger Ben Pentreath presents a fresh and insightful overview of the classic English style.Â
Visiting 12 very different homes, Ben explores and appraises the unique spirit of the English House â€“ at once restrained and simple yet overflowing with a generosity of touch and a richness of color and texture.
The book is divided into three sections: London, Country, and Country House, and the interiors featured range from a 1930s pied-a-terre in London's historic St James to designer Veere Grenney's pocket-sized Palladian Temple folly in Suffolk and Wardington, a 16th-century stone manor house in North Oxfordshire. Benâ€™s own homes, in central London and West Dorset, are also included.
These homes vary greatly in architecture, size, shape and age, but they all have in common a peculiarly English style â€“ richly-layered rooms that deftly intertwine colour and pattern and a mix of old and new furniture to create timeless and comfortable places to live.