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Perfect English Cottage

Perfect English Cottage explores 18 beautiful and inspirational homes that celebrate the best of classic cottage style in the English countryside. The classic English country cottage is both an icon and an archetype. Dozing beneath a heavy thatch and with roses around the door, it seems to epitomize all that is desirable about life in the countryside and to offer the perfect antidote to the stress of the urban grind. In Perfect English Cottage, Ros Byam Shaw takes a fresh look at the decorating and design solutions that make the classic English country cottage as attractive inside as out as well as practical and comfortable to live in. The book is divides into five different chapters that address different facets of the look: Romance, Character, Holiday, Simplicity and Elegance. The featured homes are incredibly varied, from a humble farmworker's cottage with exposed beams to a pared-down Georgian gem, to a picture-perfect cottage with roses round the door - and plenty more adorning the interior. At the end of each chapter there is an invaluable review picking up on ideas and inspiration from the featured homes. At the end of the book there is also a comprehensive directory of sources to help you achieve the English Cottage look in your own home - wherever you may live.
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Ros Byam Shaw is a freelance journalist and writes on design and interiors for The World of Interiors, House & Garden and the Saturday Telegraph, among others. She is the author of Old House New Home, Perfect English, Perfect English Cottage, Perfect English Farmhouse and English Eccentric, as well as Farrow & Ball Living with Colour and Farrow & Ball Decorating with Colour. Ros lives in Devon with her husband and dog.

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