Perfect English Farmhouse


For an inspiring read, look no further than the latest in Ros Byam Shaw’s ‘Perfect English’ series, Perfect English Farmhouse which explores contemporary farmhouse style: Organic, Traditional, Farm Fresh, No Frills and Funky. The houses shown are no longer working farms but have been adapted to modern lifestyles and the way they are decorated varies from old-fashioned charm to laid-back modern.

Perfect English Farmhouse

The cover image and the photographs below are all of potter Patricia Low’s Hampshire farmhouse. Above, a sofa covered in Polish grain sacks stands against the oak screen wall of the living room.

Perfect English Farmhouse

The farmhouses rises behind a screen of box and holly.

Perfect English Farmhouse

The original granary has been converted into Patricia Low’s studio, where she makes her exquisite coil pots, examples of which are displayed on a shelf next to the wood-burning stove.

Perfect English Farmhouse

A quintessential English bedroom, furnished with antique floral textiles. The chair has two layers of old fabric; its original loose cover, and another slip cover on top, which Patricia says is ‘incredibly torn and tatty but very pretty’.

At the end of each chapter a spread highlights the key elements of that particular decorative look. There is also a comprehensive list of suppliers to help readers create their very own perfect farmhouse style.

Perfect English Farmhouse is published by Ryland, Peters & Small, £30.

Photography by Jan Baldwin.



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