Fantastic English Decorating Books

English Decoration: Timeless Inspiration for the Contemporary Home by Ben Pentreath with a foreword by Nicky Haslam. Photography by Jan Baldwin Published by Ryland, Peters & Small–CICO Books.- Buy It on Amazon 

London interior designer Ben Pentreath has had antiques columns in weekend editions of the Financial Times for years, and a blog in which he talks of his renovation of a Regency country house and garden in West Dorset.

In his new book, Pentreath writes lavishly about his clients’ libraries, Spitalfields, his Georgian flat in Bloomsbury, his Victorian shops in Rugby Street, a love of Piranesi, interiors and everything worth knowing about English design. ‘English Decoration’ is Pentreath’s approach on updated English interior design.  This book is exciting for the English collector. It shows bulging old sofas, antique collectable, English garden flowers and faded prints.

In English Decoration, London-based architectural and interior designer Ben Pentreath presents a major new survey of the best of the English style. Eighteen homes, many of which have never been previously photographed, provide the source material for his wide-ranging investigation of this classic look.   189 pages, Buy it from $29 on Amazon

Reviews on Amazon

– By Simon Knight “What a magic selection of homes to get inspiration from. Mayybe not everyone’s cup of tea, the minimalists will hate it, but right up our street. My wife and I can really relate to this timeless classic English look. Ben is a man after our own heart, we need a new light fitting, what does Ben use? How can we decorate our dining room, let’s see what Ben has done. Great stuff.”

-By Deborah Louise “I already have an extensive library of decorating books extolling the English style, yet I was lured to buy English Decoration: Timeless Inspiration for the Contemporary Home as much by Ben Pentreath’s delicious prose as by his book’s inspiring photographs. The English style – both country and city, high and low – is an intriguingly layered, soothing mode of decoration (if it can be called that, so evolved does it appear). Natural, attractive and livable, eternally aging gracefully with a common thread of practicality running throughout, each interior is as singular as its inhabitants. Mr. Pentreath’s book illustrates these qualities admirably and provides a much-needed update and reinterpretation of the style for the 21st century. For me, the glimpses into Peter Hone’s flat alone warrant buying this book.

Classic English Design And Antiques

Classic English Design and Antiques By Emily Eerdmans with a foreward by Mario Buatta

This lavishly illustrated volume celebrates classic English antiques and interiors.  This book features more than 150 objects from Hyde Park Antiques, as well as contemporary interiors from the world’s most recognized decorators such as Mario Buatta, Albert Hadley, Bunny Williams, Charlotte Moss, and Cullman & Kravis, among many others.

In this book the author takes you through 5 major styles from the periods between 1700 and 1830.  From Queen Anne to Georgian, Paladianism, English Rococo, Neoclassicsim, and Regency.  A spotlight is given to the most important designers in the English style such as Thomas Chippenddale, Robert Adam, and George Hepplewhite.

England at the end of the seventeenth century started to develop decorative arts to unsurpassed heights of excellence.  For the next 130 years, English craftsmen produced furniture and objects with the finest materials and advanced techniques, which became a style that caught the worlds attention.  Through this time, the English had a talent for creating extraordinary beauty with masterful craftsmanship, which often combined the various looks of the ornamental extravagances of the French king Louis XIV, the exoticism of the Orient, and the sober grandeur of classical Greek and Roman antiquity.

Antiques expert Emily Eerdmans educates the reader to the characteristics of the various styles found in England, beginning with William and Mary and Queen Anne and closing with the ever-popular Regency.

This book is recommended for both the serious collector and the more casual admirer of traditional English style and design.  Get this book from Amazon starting at $21.   This volume is a must-have addition for your library.

Influential Styles From Baroque to Bauhaus-Inspiration for Today's Interiors

Influential Styles From Baroque to Bauhaus-Inspiration for Today’s Interiors

Judith Miller has a number of fantastic books that I would highly recommend reading and owning for your library. Judith Miller started collecting antiques in the late 1960s when she was studying at Edinburgh University. Her knowledge of antiques then grew in 1979 she was co-founder of the best-selling Miller’s Antiques Price Guide. Miller was a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines, she is cohost of BBC TV’s The House Detectives.

Her book Influential Styles demonstrates how some of the world’s most talented designers create gorgeous interiors that are historically influenced, yet fresh and relevant as ever. She covers the main design influences from medieval times to today, each chapter begins with an introduction to each style, accompanied by an overview of the architectural styles, furniture and decorative details that typified the interiors of that period-for example. She reviews everything from moldings and columns to colors and furniture. This book contains dazzling photos of real homes that display these styles. This invaluable reference tool provides a wealth of creative inspiration for anyone who wants to capture the art, architecture, and visual drama of a period style in any room of their own home

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