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

How To Keep Your English Patio Furniture in Tip-Top Condition

Garden Bench

Leagrave Bench With a classic English garden design, the Leagrave Bench is both timeless and elegant. Constructed out of concrete with the Portland finish, gives the impression that the chair is wooden.

Everyone wants their outdoor furniture to stay in tip-top condition for a long period of time, so that your patio can look good and you can get your money’s worth. There are different methods to clean different types of furniture; following are some of the very useful and easy cleaning methods:

Wooden Furniture

If its wooden furniture then you might think, it is the right idea to pressure washes it for a deep clean, but that is not really the case.  Pressure washing is too harsh for wooden furniture. As long as the furniture is not made of redwood then the right way is to apply the mixture of water and oxygen bleach to the furniture with a brush, make sure the brush has soft bristles. For more protection from something like sand, it is a good idea to reseal it once it has dried out.

Plastic or Vinyl

If you possess vinyl and plastic products, take heed while cleaning them. Using harsh substances like detergents and soaps can make the surface of such products very dull very quickly. What you should really do is mix the mild dishwashing detergent with water and apply it with a scrub brush, which has soft bristles or even a sponge. If there are mildew stains on the vinyl or the plastic then small amount of ammonia can be used to remove them.

Metal Furniture

If the furniture is made of metal then a garden hose can be used with hard spray setting turned on. Mixture of car washing soap or detergent and water can also be used to clean the furniture. Use a scrub brush with soft bristles for cleaning chairs, tables and benches. Once done with the scrubbing rinse the surface with lukewarm water. Aluminum and chrome does not need a topcoat in most cases. If you possess metal or cast iron with enamel finish, apply a thin layer of car wax fusing a soft cloth, which is free of lint for good results.

Furniture made of Wicker

For furniture made of wicker, things that you will need for cleaning the debris are a broom, vacuum cleaner with all the brush attachments and a dry brush with soft bristles. To gently clean the scrubs use a combination of dish washing liquid and water with a brush or sponge. For rinsing always use as little water as possible, a small sponge dipped in water will get the job done very nicely. The process does not end there; always dry off the wicker you don’t leave it to try on its own. Use a soft cloth to dry it so the excess water does not get into the furniture.

If you keep, your furniture well maintained it will definitely last a lot longer and will look good at the same time. You will get your money’s worth and your patio will look good too. Regardless of how much money you have put into your furniture, you always want your items to stand the test of time.

Author Bio: Stephen Roshy is a professional writer and he writes quality and informative content on different industries. You can find him on Facebook , Twitter and Google+.

Ralph Lauren Home Collections

Ralph Lauren Home Collections

Bishopgate Mirror $7,875

Ralph Lauren Home released its Fall 2013 collection entitled Apartment No. One, it is quite impressive. The collection, that is full of rich fabrics, classic furnishings and wonderful accessories is inspired by the Duke of Windsor and named for the residence at London’s Kensington Palace where Prince William and Kate Middleton will make their home.

Noteable Links:

-Ralph Lauren Facebook- Here

– The Ralph Lauren Home Collection was launched back in 1983.  Architectural Digest put together a slideshow of all of the spaces that Lauren inhabits to celebrate their anniversary.

-Ralph Lauren Home Archived Home collections from Amy Campbell on Pinterest

-Ralph Lauren Home Collections Archive … Color Outside the Lines Blog Part One

-Ralph Lauren Home Collections Archive … Color Outside the Lines Blog Part Two

-Ralph Lauren in Architectural Digest Color Outside the Lines Blog

Check out the furniture from the Fall 2013 collection, Apartment No. One, and my favorite selections from many of their lines are below:

Ralph Lauren Home Collections

Indian Cove Lodge Carved Stool Fabric starting at: $3,525 Leather starting at: $4,335

Indian Cove Lodge Fauteuil Fabric starting at: $6,285 Leather starting at: $7,425

Indian Cove Lodge Sofa Fabric starting at: $12,345 Leather starting at: $17,775

Wyland Sofa – Fabric starting at: $7,995 Leather starting at: $12,135
Brittany Sofa Fabric starting at: $10,395 Leather starting at: $14,175

St German Bed  Fabric starting at: $16,095 Leather starting at: $18,585    

Whitby Sofa Fabric starting at: $6,495, Leather starting at: $9,585

Westminster Lounge Fabric starting at: $7,395 Leather starting at: $8,025

Edwardian Brass Etagere $7,185, Brass End Table $3,585

Beekman Chair Fabric starting at: $2,625 Leather starting at: $3,405

Abrielle Campaign Stool Fabric starting at: $2,325 Leather starting at: $3,135

The Heiress Chest $8,850

Maxfield Tripod Table $3,135, Noble Estate End Table $5,037

Driftwood Bed Fabric starting at: $8,895 Leather starting at: $10,725

1st Row:

Maxfield Lounge Chair Fabric starting at: $4,995 Leather starting at: $5,805

Westminister Bergere Fabric starting at: $6,105 Leather starting at: $7,635

Forsyte Spool Chair Fabric starting at: $4,095 Leather starting at: $5,385

2nd Row:

Duchess Salon Chair Fabric starting at: $5,325 Leather starting at: $6,825

Director’s Chair $5,985

St. German Occasional Chair Fabric starting at: $4,125 Leather starting at: $5,625

The Heiress Painted Bombe Chest $8,625

Rue Royale Bed Fabric starting at: $16,395 Leather starting at: $19,875

How To Decorate With Mirrors For Your Regency Styled Home


When you walk into someone’s home, you get a feeling of how the whole home is just from the hallway. Halls can be wonderful spaces, whatever size they are. Here’s how to make yours more inviting.

If you have a large hallway you can use it like an extra reception room. You may decide to have some seating in there, and perhaps you could include one of the many sideboards that are now available. A console table is a handy occasional piece of furniture for a hall – and many people have a phone located on one of these in the hall.

With a small hall, the most important thing is to avoid a cluttered feel. You can do this by choosing appropriate décor and furnishings to make it warm and welcoming.

You’ll need some great storage solutions. Most important is a shoe rack that you can put a decent number of shoes in and that doesn’t take up too much space. Wall mounted shoe racks are good as they are usually quite narrow in depth. You’ll also need somewhere to store the family’s coats in or near the hallway. If you have an under stairs cupboard, this can be ideal. If you need to put the coat rack on the wall, make sure it’s not immediately inside the door, as this reduces the amount of space you have for people to come in and out without having to squeeze past a bundle of coats.

Halls can be a little dark due to the lack of natural daylight. Choosing some good lighting to have fixed to the wall will work wonders for a dark hallway, as does the addition of a beautiful framed mirror, which will not only provide you with somewhere to check your look as you leave the house, but also will reflect the light you have in the hall.

We all use mirrors practically every day. When we groom ourselves we want to be able to see how we will look to others. But few of us realize that mirrors can be useful for far more than just that. They can be used to make a small building or room look bigger—which is great news for the homeowner who has the misfortune to be claustrophobic. Let us look more closely at how this is the case.

1) How it works

The precise effect that a mirror or combination of mirrors will have on the appearance of the room depend on two factors—how large they are and where they are placed in relation to each other. Using mirrors to create the illusion of wide open spaces in a small room is therefore a science that takes a good deal of experience in order to get it right. The way mirrors make a room look large is by reflecting the light, so a mirror placed just above a fireplace will serve that purpose well. You can put up a series of mirrors lining both sides of your hallway to make it look larger, which you might want to do as hallways can be among the most notoriously confining of all the spaces in a house. Another way of arranging things is to have a mirror between two windows on the same or adjacent walls, which can also add depth. In the kitchen, a mirror can create a more cheerful atmosphere if it is placed behind a stove, which is one of the darkest parts of the house.

How many mirrors you include in a given room will depend on the overall effect that you are aiming to achieve. In a bedroom you can never have “too many“ mirrors and if it is small and crowded you will have an incentive to include as many as you can fit in. An appearance of spaciousness can be created with the mirrors on the doors of an armoire-style wardrobe.

There are also a few tricks that you can try. For instance you can place a long mirror on its longer side to make a wall look longer than it is. Other great places to put mirrors include:

·Near the table in your dining room—This arrangement can keep the lights soft and bright at the same time. You can see this effect in many restaurants.

·On the front of a cabinet—Mirrored tiles can be placed here, either at the top or the bottom or both. The effects will be marvelous however you arrange them.

·Behind a group of furnishings—This is a technique that will work especially well with a floor length mirror, which has a way of leading the eye all over the room as well as of providing light.

2) Utilizing the proportions of a room

The ratios between a room’s length, width and height can be taken into consideration to produce a variety of effects. If the room is “boxy” and has white walls, for instance, you can place a mirror in a place where it will reflect those walls, adding light and creating an impression of roominess. This arrangement also plays down the angular appearance of the room.

3) Other spacial effects that can be produced with mirrors

Mirrors can have other effects in addition to increasing the apparent size of a room. They can be used to accentuate certain key features in it. If a mirror is placed opposite a prominent object such as a sculpture or a painting, that object will be “shown off” a second time. Similarly the light from a beautiful ceiling lamp or chandelier can be multiplied by its reflection. Smaller mirrors can be placed near large ones to create space without weighing things down.

Mirrors can really do a great deal to improve the overall appearance of the rooms in which they are placed. It can make a world of difference in how both you and your guests feel when they enter. Besides they can themselves be a form of decoration, as you can see by the often elaborate borders they have around the glass.

Author Bio

Katelyn Roberts is a frequent contributor for NetQin, helping couples explore ne woptions for their new lives.

18TH C GILTWOOD MIRROR Seller Kevin Stone Antiques & Interiors

18TH C GILTWOOD MIRROR Seller Kevin Stone Antiques & InteriorsArchitectural Digest Cover

Architectural Digest Cover

English Regency Convex Mirror with Eagle Seller Susan Silver Antiques

English Regency Convex Mirror with Eagle Seller Susan Silver Antiques

Layering Mirrors- Mirrored Wall With A Convex Mirror

Layering Mirrors- Mirrored Wall With A Convex Mirror


George II Mahogany and Parcel-gilt Mirror

Tiger Maple MirrorTiger Maple Mirror

Courtney Coleman

“A red dining room is perfectly acceptable, so why not a deep persimmon sitting room? The color is so warm and cozy that it makes you feel as if there’s a fire in the fireplace, even when there is none. It reminds me of those Regency period interiors, with all those vivid colors inspired by the excavations at Pompeii. They say people who choose orange are very self-confident and extroverted. For this library, we borrowed the unusual finish from the parlor of the Thomas Everard House in Colonial Williamsburg, where varnish is applied over your base paint.” -Courtney Coleman

Neo-Classical Mirror Seller Jeffrey Tillou Antiques

Neo-Classical Mirror Seller Jeffrey Tillou Antiques

Dan Carithers

Dan Carithers

Neoclassical Italian Burled Walnut & Parcel Gilt Mirror Seller Assemblage

Neoclassical Italian Burled Walnut & Parcel Gilt Mirror Seller Assemblage

Chippendale Mahogany Mirror - The Paisley Shop

Chippendale Mahogany Mirror – The Paisley Shop

Katie Ridder

Katie Ridder

Darryl Carter

Darryl Carter

The Brooklyn living room of designer Edward Wilkerson
The Brooklyn living room of designer Edward Wilkerson, via New York Magazine.

Jacques Adnet

Jacques Adnet is a furniture designer best known for his avant-garde designs, Adnet was one of the first to integrate metal and glass in the structure and decoration of furniture. His style is the epitome of luxury. In 1950, Adnet formed a partnership with the French fashion house, Hermes, where he developed a collection of leather-covered furniture and interior accessories. Accordingly, he made a round leather mirror with brass hinges. Besides the remarkable leather and brass details, the mirror is also unique as the strap that holds the mirror is in direct proportion to the dimension of the mirror.

Carved Giltwood Chippendal​e style Mirror, 19th century- The Stanley Weiss Collection

Carved Giltwood Chippendal​e style Mirror, 19th century- The Stanley Weiss Collection

The Collection of Will Fisher

The Collection of Will Fisher

Ashley Goforth

Ashley Goforth

2007 Hampton Designer Showhouse -Arthur Fowler

2007 Hampton Designer Showhouse -Arthur Fowler

Skona Hem Magazine

Skona Hem Magazine

Oval Gilt Mirror with Eagles- R. Jorgensen Antiques

Oval Gilt Mirror with Eagles- R. Jorgensen Antiques

Antique mantel mirrors

Antique Mantel Mirrors Used As Floor Mirrors