ex libris — Perfect English Farmhouse

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Perfect English Farmhouse by Ros Byam Shaw (with photography by Jan Baldwin) (Ryland, Peters & Small, 2012)

Enjoy!

Nicole

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