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  • Posted on December 27, 2012

    Revitalize and rejuvenate

    Raw Food deTox Raw Food deTox

    If you’ve the year resolving to turn over a new leaf on the health front, Raw Food Detox might be just the book for you. Anya Ladra, Cordon-bleu trained chef and founder of London-based Raw Fairies (purveyors of home-delivered raw food menus) provides a collection of vibrant recipes which are bursting with flavour and bound to help restore flagging energy levels.

    If the thought of a 5-day cleansing detox seems a tad daunting as a starting point, why not dip your toe in the water with this super-easy to prepare salad of carrot, beet(root) and walnut coated with a piquant mustard dressing? Perfect for a wintry lunch.

     

    Carrot & beet salad with walnuts
    Serves 2
    2 carrots
    I beet (root)
    I handful of walnuts, quartered
    mustard dressing
    2 big handfuls of rocket/arugula

    Peel and coarsely grate the carrots and beet(root). Mix with the walnuts and stir through enough mustard dressing to coat

    For the mustard dressing
    Makes about 250ml/1 cup
    200ml/3/4 cup safflower oil
    60ml/1/4 cup white wine vinegar
    11/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
    Himalayan pink salt and freshly ground black pepper

    Visit the Raw Fairies on
    https://rawfairies.com/

    Raw Food Detox by Anya Ladra, photography William Lingwood is published by Ryland Peters & Small rrp £14.99

    Also of interest may be :-

    http://www.rylandpeters.com/the-salad-bowl

    http://www.rylandpeters.com/food-and-drink-books


    This post was posted in Book Reviews, Featured, UK and was tagged with New Year, resolutions, detox, carrot, beetroot, salad, mustard

  • Posted on December 27, 2012

    Overindulged this festive break?

     

    the guilt-free gourment the guilt-free gourment

    Jordan and Jessica’s gorgeous recipes are nutritious yet indulgent. They cleverly use healthier alternative ingredients and never compromise on flavour.’ Rachel Allen

    And so that was Christmas. The last of the Quality Street® are left rattling around the bottom of the tin like tumbleweed skittering across a wild west film set. And as 2013 has arrived, the time has perhaps come to consider the old maxim ‘ new year, new you’.

    Gentle introductions are often the most persuasive route to change and with this in mind we’d like to share a recipe from The Guilt-free Gourmet by brother and sister duo Jordan and Jessica Bourke. Their lovely book is packed with gorgeous wholesome yet indulgent recipes, all free from sugar, wheat and dairy.

    Here’s a recipe guaranteed to help set all good intentions on the right path.

    Aubergine, puy lentils & sun-dried tomatoes with mint oil

    A note from Jordan: ‘I was asked to cook for a dinner party last year and when I suggested lentils as a pairing for the meat, the host laughed at me! Her feeling was that lentils were ‘a bit too hippy, vegan’ for her, and that her guests would rather have potato. The problem is, people don’t realize that with lentils it is all about the seasoning – lashings of olive oil, lemon juice and salt. Here sun-dried tomatoes, lentils and aubergine/ eggplant make a delicious yet simple accompaniment to fish or meat.’

    300 g/11⁄2 cups Puy lentils (or other green lentils)
    extra virgin olive oil
    1 red onion, finely chopped
    2 garlic cloves, crushed
    450 ml/2 cups vegetable stock (or water with a carrot, 1⁄2 onion, celery stalk, dried bay leaf and thyme sprigs thrown into the lentils to make your own stock as they are cooking)
    3 aubergines/eggplants, topped, tailed and cut into 1⁄2-cm/1⁄4-inch slices
    sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
    grated zest of 1 lemon and juice of 1⁄2
    100 g/2⁄3 cup sun-dried tomatoes
    1 tablespoon agave syrup
    1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
    1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
    big handful of fresh mint leaves

    Serves 4

    Wash and drain the lentils.
    Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large, heavy-bottomed, lidded casserole dish over medium heat. Turn down the heat a little, add the onion and fry gently until soft and translucent but not coloured. Add the garlic and fry for 1 minute. Add the lentils and stir well. Pour the vegetable stock in and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat, simmer, then cover with the lid and cook for 25 minutes or until the lentils are tender and have absorbed most of the stock.

    Meanwhile, heat a large, dry stovetop grill pan over medium heat until hot. Using a pastry brush, coat the aubergine/eggplant slices with oil on both sides. Place them on the pan and fry for a few minutes. Check they have gone a golden brown and then flip over and fry for another few minutes until golden. When they are cooked, they should be soft to the touch. Remove
    to a plate and season with salt. Drizzle over the agave syrup and plenty of oil. (The quality of the oil is key here, as the aubergine really soaks it all up so you will really be able to taste it.)

    When the lentils are done, drain them of all but a few tablespoons of the cooking liquid. While they are still hot, season with the lemon zest and juice, vinegar and soy sauce and a few glugs of oil. Mix well and allow to cool slightly. Taste it when it is at room temperature and season if necessary. Add the tomatoes and mix together.

    Finely chop the mint leaves (reserving a few for serving) and combine with enough oil to make a dense mint oil. To serve, nestle the aubergine/eggplant slices among the lentils, drizzle over the mint oil and scatter with the remaining leaves.

    Guilt-free because…
    Puy lentils have a wonderful ‘meaty’ texture yet contain no cholesterol, are high in protein and have a very low glycaemic index, which means they release energy at a slow and steady rate. They are a good source of fibre, magnesium, potassium and zinc.

    The Guilt-free Gourmet by Jordan and Jessica Bourke, photography Kate Whitaker is published by Ryland Peters & Small rrp £16.99

    Jordan and Jessica Jordan and Jessica

    Jordan and Jessica have their own website . Click here to see more.

    http://www.theguiltfreegourmet.com/

     


    This post was posted in Book Reviews, Featured, UK and was tagged with New Year, Guilt Free Gourmet, aubergine, lentils, olive oil, mint, Jordan Bourke

  • Posted on December 27, 2012

    The key to your wellbeing lies here…

    Nikki Page started her working life as a model. Now aged 61, she has had her own personal journey to discover how to improve her wellbeing.

    She is passionate about promoting a lifestyle that allows people to look and feel great.

    She believes looking and feeling good is a straightforward lifestyle choice that requires a little determination, but is much easier than people imagine.

    What’s more, once people have discovered the secret of healthy and happy living, they won’t want to go back to feeling tense, tired, and overweight.

    January is a particularly challenging time of year as we cope with our post-Christmas blues. So we thought that sharing our favourite part of Nikki’s book - the section entitled ‘always be positive’ – might give us a little inspiration for January and beyond… 

    “There is a reason for everything we experience…there is absolutely no point in always seeing the dark side of a situation.  That does not mean being unrealistic—what it does mean is looking for the positive.

    No matter how black things may seem, some form of compensation is usually to be found somewhere, and remember, every new situation opens another door. You will feel happier if you are looking for positives. Just being positive may help you to react better with other people, which in turn tends to lead to better outcomes.

    For example, after a very close friend of mine got divorced, she had her heart set on a little house with a garden for her and her two boys. Yet three times the sale fell through. I told her that it obviously wasn’t ‘her house’ and something better for her would come along. It did, and quite out of the blue. She found a flat that had a door onto a huge communal garden, which gave the boys somewhere much better to play. She has been grateful that she didn’t buy the little house ever since.

    If I am stuck in a traffic jam or on a train, I try to focus on something beautiful that I can see, even if it’s just a single flower growing in a built-up environment.

    Otherwise, I mull over what it is the extra time has given me space to think about. Is there something I haven’t noticed? The universe has just slowed me down so there must be a reason.

    If you go for a job interview and don’t succeed in your application, think about what you learned from the interview. That was someone else’s job. Something better for you will come along. Is it time to think about doing something quite different? Did you meet someone else on the way who may lead to another opening or a new friendship?

    I believe with all my heart that there is a reason for everything we experience and for us being wherever we find ourselves. Sometimes we go through very difficult times but what we learn during that period makes us stronger and it guides us to a happier and more fulfilling life.”

    The Little Book of Wellbeing by Nikki Page is published by CICO Books at £8.99, hardback and is available to buy online and at all good bookshops

     

     

     

     

     

     

    If you like Nikki's book, you'll probably like lots of other books we offer ...

     



    This post was posted in Book Reviews, Featured, UK and was tagged with january, New Year, self-help

  • Posted on December 27, 2012

    Are you ready for the Living with Less 100-item challenge?

    If post-Christmas clutter is starting to feel more than slightly overwhelming, Mary Lambert is on hand to offer some much needed advice in her new book. Too much junk collects dust and creates a fusty atmosphere, so why not embrace the minimalist way of life?

     

    Living With Less poses the ultimate de-cluttering challenge – can you downsize to just 100 possessions? This might sound like a tall order, especially for the impulse buyers amongst us, but Mary promises it is simpler than it sounds: First of all, divide your possessions into manageable chunks.  Tackle your clothes, beauty products and household goods separately and work through everything you own with a methodical eye. Be brave, take a breath, open up that bursting cupboard and get sorting.

    To prove that if you’re going to talk the talk, then you’ve got to be willing to walk the walk, Mary has taken up her own 100-item challenge. You can follow her progress on her blog: http://lambie123.wordpress.com/

    This will be the last time you’re greeted by a vision of chaos.  De-clutter your way to the myriad financial, emotional and spiritual benefits of Living With Less.

    Living With Less by Mary Lambert is published by CICO Books at £14.99 and is available to buy online and at all good bookshops.

    Want other homes and interiors books we publish? - find them here.


    This post was posted in Featured, News, UK and was tagged with New Year, 2013, resolutions

  • Posted on December 11, 2012

    Prepare For The Big Chill!

    Fireside Feasts and Snow Day Treats Fireside Feasts and Snow Day Treats

    With the latest headlines warning that this Winter will be the coldest for 100 years, we feel it our duty to send out a weather warning with a difference. Our message is simple. Stay inside, cosy down by the fire place and tuck into some hearty homemade Winter warmers. That will see you through the freezing months to come!

    Why not try an old favourite? There really is nothing like a steaming hot casserole to warm the soul on a grey midwinter day. Enjoy!

    Farmhouse Chicken Casserole with Carrots, Leeks and Potato
    This is the perfect dish to prepare on a chilly Sunday evening to provide a meal or two during the week. You will need a good-sized casserole dish, large enough to take the chicken in a single layer.

    2–3 tablespoons olive oil
    1 small chicken (about 600 g), cut into pieces,
    plus 4 chicken thighs
    600 g carrots, sliced thickly
    500 g leeks, sliced
    800 g small new potatoes, cut lengthwise into wedges
    a few sprigs each of fresh thyme and parsley and a bay leaf, tied firmly into a bundle with string
    sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

    To serve
    200 ml single cream
    2 tablespoons wholegrain Dijon mustard
    a large handful of fresh parsley leaves, chopped
    a bunch of fresh chives, snipped (optional)
    a large heatproof casserole dish

    Serves 6–8
    Preheat the oven to 150°C (300°F) Gas 2.

    Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a casserole dish set over medium heat. Add the chicken pieces, skin-side down, and cook for 4–5 minutes on each side, until browned. Transfer to a dish and season with salt. Cover and set aside.

    If there is a lot of fat in the casserole dish drain some of it off, leaving just enough to brown the vegetables. Add the carrots and leeks and cook for 5–7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until just browned. Add the potatoes and herbs and cook for a further 2–3 minutes. Season with salt.

    Return the chicken to the casserole dish and add sufficient water just to cover. Bring to the boil, cover with a lid and transfer to the preheated oven. Cook for about 1 hour.
    Return the casserole dish to the stovetop and uncover. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the chicken and vegetables to a large serving platter. Cook the juices over medium heat for 3–5 minutes to reduce slightly, then stir in the cream. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer gently, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Stir in the mustard, parsley and chives and a few grinds of black pepper. Taste for seasoning and adjust as necessary. Pour the sauce over the chicken and vegetables and serve immediately.

    Fireside Feasts and Snow Day Treats  is published by Ryland Peters and Small at £19.99.

    Check out our other food publications.


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  • Posted on December 7, 2012

    WonderWalls book signing at the EJF Pop Up Shop

    WonderWalls book signing at the EJF Pop Up Shop

    ‘She is Supermarket Sarah and very talented indeed’ Kirstie Allsopp

    Sarah Bagner, aka Supermarket Sarah, will be signing copies of her first book at the EJF Pop up shop from 6pm this coming Tuesday (18th December).

    In the book, Sarah encourages you to believe in your own styles and ideas and WonderWalls shows you how to embrace everything you own and show it off on your walls – after all – you are your stuff! Whatever your taste, it’s about celebrating the beautiful, the eccentric, the simple.

    She travels around Tokyo, the UK and Sweden, offering up inspiration and variety as she illustrates novel ways in which people use their own walls to display themselves and their ‘treasures.’  She visits the home and studios of designers and collectors, viewing the displays of minimalists and hoarders.  The walls range from the quirky to the romantic, from vintage to brand new.  Whatever is displayed, and however it is displayed, everything has a meaning for its owner.

    The EJF pop up shop is based at 46 Carnaby Street and is open 7 days a week from 10.30am - 7pm, late night shopping on Thursdays-Saturdays and 11.30am-6pm on Sundays.

    More interior inspirations are here on this site.


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  • Posted on December 4, 2012

    The count-down to Christmas is on

    Fun Christmas Crafts to Make and Bake £14.99 Fun Christmas Crafts to Make and Bake £14.99

     As the weather suddenly takes a chillier turn and with an ever decreasing amount of sleeps until Christmas, we’re really beginning to get into the festive mood. There’s not a whiff of the Grinch nor a humbug in sight for us. Instead we chose to craft!

    Christmas is the perfect time to get creative and in  Fun Christmas Crafts to Make and Bake by Annie Rigg and Catherine Woram there are over 60 easy-to-make festive projects for children under the age of 11 to make with just a little help from an adult. But let’s face it, Christmas brings out the child in most of us, whatever our age.

    What better way to while away a few hours than by whipping up a fluffy bundle of adorably cute pompom tree decorations? Pompoms are so easy to make (I bet you made them when you were little) and all you need is some wool, cardboard, a pair of scissors and you’ll be ready to go! With the addition of a handful of pipe cleaners, some scraps of felt and a bit of ribbon, you can also create rotund little snowmen, a sweet robin and a cuddly Father Christmas. Perfect!  Here’s how you do it. Happy Christmas crafting folks!

    You Will Need:

    paper • pencil • cardboard • scissors • assorted balls of wool • 3-D fabric pen in red • approx 10cm gingham ribbon per bauble

    wind the wool  Trace the disc template on page 154 onto paper and cut it out. Place it on a piece of cardboard and draw round it. Repeat. Cut out the two discs. Cut a length of wool about 2m long and wind into a small ball that will fit through the hole in the discs. Start to wind wool around the discs, binding them together. When the ball of wool is finished, tie the end to the beginning of a new one. Continue to wind wool round the discs until they are completely covered.

    cut around the outside  When the winding process is complete, hold the pompom discs securely and cut around the edges of the wool using scissors. The wool will fall away from the disc and look like fringing at this point. It is important that the two discs are firmly held together.

    secure the wool
    Cut two lengths of wool about 20cm and thread between the two cardboard discs. Pull them together tightly and knot tightly. The loose ends of this wool will form the hanging loop for the decoration, so tie another knot about 8cm from the first knot and neatly trim the ends.

    finish off  
    Gently pull the cardboard discs away from the pompom. If it proves difficult, just cut them off. Trim any excess bits of wool, and fluff the pompom to give it a nice round shape. Use a 3-D fabric pen to draw tiny dots on the pompom and finish with a length of red gingham ribbon tied in a bow around the hanging loop.

    Pom-pom snowmen are easy to make and look so cute! Cute Pom-Pom Snowmen Are Easy To Make!

    snowmen
    Make one small and one large pompom using white wool and tie the two together using the wool ends. Trim any uneven ends. Now tie a green pipe cleaner around the snowman’s neck to create a scarf, and twist a black pipe cleaner into a hat shape. Glue on a triangle of orange felt for a carrot nose, and use a 3-D fabric pen to draw on his eyes and buttons.

    father christmas  Make one largeFancy Making a Pom-Pom Father Christmaspompom from red wool for the body. To make the head, wind red wool around one half of two smaller pompom discs and white wool around the other half. Snip around the edges of the disc and secure the pompom with a length of wool. Use the wool ends to tie the two pompoms together to form a cuddly Father Christmas figure. Add a hat formed from a quarter-circle of red felt, and a black felt belt. Use a black 3-D fabric pen to draw on his eyes and buttons.

    Try your hand at making a pom-pom Father Christmas! Try your hand at making a pom-pom Father Christmas!

    Robin Tree Decoration

    Make a small pompom in brown wool for the head. Now wind brown wool around one half of two larger pompom discs and red wool around the other half. Snip around the edges of the disc and secure the pompom with a length of wool. Use the wool ends to tie the two pompoms together to form a robin. Add a triangle of red felt for his beak and bend brown pipe cleaners into shape for his feet.

    little tips
    Remember: the more wool you manage to wind around the discs, the fatter your pompom will be. For a really plump pompom, try winding the wool around the discs twice.

    And if you feel like spreading your creative wings in the kitchen, why not try making marshmallow snowmen? It’s the perfect recipe for little hands. These cute chaps are fun to make and taste great too. Best of all, they won’t melt before you have chance to eat them!

    This is what you’ll need:

    200 g large white marshmallows
    brown writing icing
    coloured liquorice strips or fruit leather
    chocolate-coated mint sticks (eg Matchmakers)
    large chocolate drops
    100 g white mini-marshmallows
    icing sugar, for dusting
    about 10 cocktail sticks

    makes about 10

    Fun Christmas crafts to Make and Bake Fun Christmas crafts to Make and Bake

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    1 Place the marshmallows on a tray.

    2 Push 2 large marshmallows onto each cocktail stick. Trim off any of the stick that is poking out of the top (Adults among you may chose to help with this part).

    3 Using the writing icing, pipe dots and lines of icing onto the face to make the eyes, nose and mouth.

    4 Cut the liquorice strips or fruit leather into thin strips and carefully tie around the snowman’s neck for a scarf.

    5 To make the arms, break the chocolate-coated mint sticks in half and push into the sides of the large marshmallow.

    6 Pipe a small blob of icing onto the top of the snowman’s head and position a large chocolate drop on top. Pipe another blob of icing in the middle of the chocolate drop and stick a mini-marshmallow on the very top.

    7 Finally, using the writing icing again, pipe dots down the front of the snowman to look like buttons.

    8 Keep making snowmen like this until you have as many as you need to make a fabulous winter wonderland!

    9 To serve, scatter icing sugar over the serving dish, arrange the snowmen on top and dust lightly with more sugar.

    Fun Christmas crafts to Make and Bake by Annie Rigg and Catherine Woram is published by Ryland Peters & Small rrp£14.99

     


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  • Posted on December 4, 2012

    In need of a little inspiration

    Christmas Crafting in No Time by Clare Youngs contains a veritable smorgasbord of festive projects and inspirational ideas.

    Christmas Crafting in No Time by Clare Youngs Christmas Crafting in No Time by Clare Youngs

    It’s hard to know which of the 50 projects to chose, but these lovely little felt owls are pretty hard to resist. Here Clare uses felt and embroidery to make adorable decorations to nestle among the branches of your Christmas tree or sit perched on painted twigs. It’s easy to see why these little creatures are so perennially popular!

     

     

     

     

     

    Learn how to make this super-cute owl, the perfect Christmas tree decoration!

    You will need:
    Tracing paper and pencil
    Card
    Felt in assorted colors
    Matching sewing thread
    Embroidery floss (thread) in assorted colors
    Embroidery needle
    Buttons or silver beads for eyes
    Ribbon
    Mini pom-pom trimming
    Sewing machine
    Toy stuffing

    Here’s how you do it:

    Owls are perennially popular and no wonder—it is such a cute image that lends itself to all kinds of projects. Here I have used felt and embroidery to create these adorable little decorations. They look perfectly at home nestled in among the fir tree branches or perched on painted twigs.

    1.  Copy the owl templates and stitch markings on page 148 onto card (see page 146) and cut out. Draw around the card templates on felt and cut out.

    2. Sew the eye pieces, the two wings, and the beak to the front section of the body using appliqué stitch (see page 145) and matching thread.

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    3. Next, embroider the patterns on the eyes, body, and wings, following the markings on the template and using contrasting floss (thread) where desired. Sew on a silver bead or button for each eye.

    Felt Owl 3

     

    4. To make the tassels, wind some embroidery floss (thread) around three fingers a few times. Slip the floss from your fingers and wind a length of floss around one end. Tie with a knot to secure. Trim the loops at the opposite end to make a tassel approx. 11⁄2in. (4cm) long. Repeat to make a second tassel.

     

    Step 4

     

    5. On the wrong side of the back section of the owl, position the tassels at the two points on the head, with the tassel ends facing upward. Center a loop of ribbon at the top and position two pom-poms centered at the bottom. Baste (tack) in place.

     

    Step 5

    6. Position the front section of the owl over the back, with wrong sides together. Pin and machine stitch around the edge with matching thread, taking a seam allowance of 3⁄8in. (1cm) and leaving a gap of approx. 11⁄2in. (4cm) for stuffing.

    Step 6

    7.  Stuff the owl until firm and well shaped, using the end of a paintbrush handle to push the stuffing into the ears. Sew up the gap with machine stitching to finish.

    Step 7

    Christmas Crafting in no Time by Clare Youngs is published by Cico Books rrp£14.99.

    More craft books here.


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  • Posted on December 3, 2012

    In a panic about what to wear

    The Little Black Dress The Little Black Dress

    The Christmas party season is well and truly upon us, and, if you’re anything like us, you’ve probably already found yourself staring deep into your wardrobe or roaming the high street, desperately searching for the perfect outfit.

    In her new book, The Little Black Dress, Tracy Martin advises on all styles of dresses, suits, skirts, shirts and even underwear, ensuring that the fashion savvy (and the not-so-savvy) can showcase their wardrobes with style. And what could be better than dancing the night away in a classic Little Black Dress?

    The golden rule of fashion is that no woman’s wardrobe is complete without a sophisticated yet simple Little Black Dress. A staple garment, it should have a clean silhouette and a feminine elegance, and be short length in length as well as versatile enough for any occasion. A design classic, from its first appearance the LBD revolutionized the way women dressed, and even today it is considered one of the most important garments for a woman to own.

    Whether you are seeking a stylish ensemble for early evening cocktails followed by dinner, or even a showstopping dress in which to dance the night away, the LBD is an ideal choice. It’s all a question of dressing it up or down and choosing the right accessories for the look you wish to achieve.

     Wear you LBD with pride at this year's Christmas Party...

     you are going to a dinner dance, wear a sparkling shrug or a faux fur jacket over your LBD. Choose a necklace and earrings that make a big statement and finish off the look with a pair of killer heels. It is not imperative that you stick to black shoes—in fact, introducing vibrantly colored shoes that pick up a shade in your necklace will dramatize your look.

    So dig out your LBD, throw on some sparkly jewellery and high heels, and paint the town a festive shade of red!
    You may also find other books in our Gift Book section of interest.

    This post was posted in Book Reviews, UK and was tagged with christmas, party, jewellery

  • Posted on December 3, 2012

    Take a privileged peek

    English Decoration English Decoration

    ‘It is entirely possible that Ben Pentreath is the creation of P.G Wodehouse come vividly alive and magically teleported into the here and now.’, eloquently opines interiors designer and socialite Nicky Haslam in his foreword to Ben’s newly published book English Decoration.

    Within the pages of his lavishly illustrated book, shop keeper, architect and impeccable tastemaker, Ben Pentreath offers a sneak peek into 18 of Britain’s most individualistic homes from the very grand to the more modest, taking in farmhouses, vicarages, manor houses and others along the way.

    At times apparently haphazardly arranged and with more than the occasional whiff of faded elegance, it is almost impossible to reduce to component parts what makes the rooms in this book so unique. There’s a real sense of the lived-in, that home is truly where the heart is, and that the rooms we’re seeing have grown over time, and without the influence of a stylist.

    Worn flagstones, faded fabrics, a child’s tricycle, plaster casts, paintings and myriad other curios abound. And of course there are books, books galore!

    Ben’s own favourite influences David Hicks and Eric Ravillious – both of whom are currently enjoying something of a revival – are evident in his own homes, which are featured in the book, one a tiny flat on the edge of London’s Bloomsbury, the other an 1820s Parsonage set snugly in the Dorset countryside. English Decoration is a truly contemporary survey of a much-loved style.

    English Decoration by Ben Pentreath rrp£30.00

    Log onto Ben’s wonderful blog for further inspiring musings.
    http://www.benpentreath.com/inspiration/


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