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Perfect English Cottage Hardcover – September 1, 2009

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About the Author

Ros Byam Shaw is the author of Perfect English, Interiors by Design and Old House New Home (all Ryland Peters & Small). She lives in Colyton, Devon.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Ryland Peters & Small (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845979044
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845979041
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 9.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By BeachBrights VINE VOICE on November 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I get so use to looking at magazine, staged rooms, that I have forgotten what real homes look like. This book gives you real cottage. Perfect English Cottage is about the quintessential charming, cozy, country inspired home.

I love the size of this book (9" x 11"). I actually chose this book based on the cover. It is so cheerful, cozy and bright. There are twice as many pictures as there are pages. The photographs are spectacular. The book is divided into 5 chapters; Romance, Character, Holiday, Simplicity and Elegance. At the end of each chapter there is a useful review picking up on ideas and also a comprehensive directory of sources. You can get the Perfect English Cottage look for yourself!

This book with it's pictures and stories took me to a place that I want to have in my home all the time. I can picture the cobblestone lined streets, thatched roofs and roses around the door. This book makes a great addition to any home enthusiast's collection!
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Does anybody do cottage better than the English? If you love cottage style, and want to see diverse and authentic examples of original cottage style, this book is a great place to start. There is a perfection in the authenticity of imperfect but real rooms which we love. These rooms display the personality of their owners, as good style does. It's a visual treat for those who adore cottage style and want to learn from those who originated it and yes, perfected it in all of its slightly disheveled and inviting imperfection. I love the quality of this book.
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After months, years, decades, MILLENIA of general disappointment with books featuring traditional decor -- we have a WINNAH! Abundant with gorgeous piccies of charming rooms filled with the romantic clutter of life, I drooled over most every photograph as if it were a rasher of crisply fried bacon. But the STAR photograph (it's also on the cover of the book & not the same as the cover featured on Amazon) has to be this ancient monster of a wing chair, large enough for two and upholstered in a faded yellow floral, a deteriorating green velvet & a beige linen. And scrunched together on the seat of this throne are 2 gigantic yellow silk pillows in which one can sink in a billow of joy. Blimey, you don't see chairs like this on Architectural Digest! I really must salute the photographer Chris Tubbs who imbued every image with the glorious shabby Englishness that many of us miss in today's contemporary interiors. This book makes we want to sell my Spanish Colonial & move to a tumble-down English rectory. I must also commend Ros Byam Shaw's well-written & superbly descriptive text, as contributing much to my pleasure.

So I say HUZZAHHH! 5 stars & a Cornish pasty!
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This book is wonderful. I have already looked through it for hours. It is so nice and I will enjoy it for some time to come. Pretty photos. You can lose yourself in tit.
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Delightful book about authentic, current cottage living. The author does admit early in the book, that our romanticized image of English cottages was not the reality to the poor landless families who resided in one-room cottages over 100 years ago. Those squalid abodes have mostly been demolished. What rose up in their place are the lovely homes that come to our minds when we imagine English cottages. That architecture, hodgepodge "decorating" style, those gardens and that way of life that the British are now struggling to preserve, is what this book covers so well. The pictures are outstanding and the descriptions clear and well-developed. The book will be treasured by those of us who dream of this idyllic lifestyle.
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This is my new favorite shelter book. The photos are lovely, and I particularly enjoyed her chapter breakdowns and discussion of styles such as eclectic English, classic English and so on. Most of the homes are very layered visually, with creative use of color and textiles(not just white on white here), many are in the country. They generally have great charm or architectural detail to begin with, although the ways they are decorated varies considerably. There is not much in the way of pure modernism, and also little of the aristocratic design of Haute Britain, although more than a few of these "cottages" of course are owned by decorators, antiques dealers, or other people with a professional interest in a beautiful home. I have not seen these homes in other books, and the book is generous on photographs. If you liked the Taschen Country Homes books, you will want this.
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This is not really a decorator book--not something you run to for the ideas on how to create a truly elegant dining room, for example. Rather, it's a collection of color pictures of country English homes.

The homes are much more about practical necessity than about decorator style, and they feature the kind of comfy, unmatched style of home that you can picture the characters of some mystery novel by Agatha Christie living in. There are glorious antiques galore, pots of just picked flowers from the garden, and the paintings of ancient relatives hanging above a fireplace.

Just the thing to sit down with a cup of tea, and enjoy browsing through.
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