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English Decoration

Timeless Inspiration for the Contemporary Home

Written by Ben Pentreath

Published: 06/09/2012

English Decoration

  • Hardback
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  • 9781849752664
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  • Sep 2012
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  • 192 pages

About the author

Ben Pentreath is one of London’s leading architectural and interior designers. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh, where he read History of Art & Architecture. Ben then worked with architectural designer Charles Morris and trained at the Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment, before working for Fairfax & Sammons Architects in New York. Ben’s blog was named one of the 20 best design blogs in the world by the Sunday Telegraph and currently receives around 25,000 hits a month. He is also a regular columnist for the Financial Times. Ben’s architectural practice has worked on projects from housing developments for HRH The Prince of Wales to private houses in the UK, Ireland and the United States.

Eighteen homes, many of which have never been previously photographed, provide the source material for his wide-ranging investigation of this classic look. The houses include Ben’s own homes in London and West Dorset, alongside those of Earls and artists, writers and architects, book designers and gardeners. The book opens with an essay on the English style in decoration, and then entrance halls, living rooms, kitchens and dining rooms and bedrooms and bathrooms are considered in turn, together with simple Rooms of Utility and spectacular Rooms of Display. There is also a foreword by Nicky Haslam, suggestions for further reading, and a style directory that reveals Ben's own favorite sources—helping you to achieve the classic English look, wherever you live.