Even though I live in a city, and have always been a city girl, a part of me dreams of owning a farmhouse in the country where I could plant fruit trees, finally get a dog, and, of course, hold barn sales. And Perfect English Farmhouse by Ros Byam Shaw (with photography by Jan Baldwin) totally feeds into my farm fantasy.
With wonderful photos and engaging text, Perfect English Farmhouse takes you far beyond linen slipcovers and shabby chic. Its five chapters — Organic Farmhouse, Traditional Farmhouse, Fresh Farmhouse, No Frills Farmhouse, and Funky Farmhouse — capture the wide range of farmhouse styles and highlight how uniquely charming, functional, and inviting English farmhouses can be.
Each chapter helpfully closes with a summary of defining elements of that particular style, guiding readers — wherever they may be — on how to create their own personalized farmhouse space.
Whether you live in a farmhouse or not, if you appreciate cheery spaces that are both lovely and livable, then Perfect English Farmhouse is sure to inspire.
Perfect English Farmhouse by Ros Byam Shaw (with photography by Jan Baldwin) (Ryland, Peters & Small, 2012)