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English Houses

Inspirational Interiors from City Apartments to Country Manor Houses

Written by Ben Pentreath

Published: 11/10/2016

English Houses

  • Hardback
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  • 9781849757539
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  • Oct 2016
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  • 224 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.

In this timeless and beautiful book, renowned architectural and interior designer, writer, shop-keeper and blogger Ben Pentreath presents a fresh and insightful overview of the classic English style. 

Visiting 12 very different homes, Ben explores and appraises the unique spirit of the English House – at once restrained and simple yet overflowing with a generosity of touch and a richness of color and texture.

The book is divided into three sections: London, Country, and Country House, and the interiors featured range from a 1930s pied-a-terre in London's historic St James to designer Veere Grenney's pocket-sized Palladian Temple folly in Suffolk and Wardington, a 16th-century stone manor house in North Oxfordshire. Ben’s own homes, in central London and West Dorset, are also included.

These homes vary greatly in architecture, size, shape and age, but they all have in common a peculiarly English style – richly-layered rooms that deftly intertwine colour and pattern and a mix of old and new furniture to create timeless and comfortable places to live.