The English Room
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Her husband, Keith Irvine, is an eminent interior designer with the renowned New York design firm, Irvine Fleming. About the Author Chippy Irvine is a contributing editor for Art & Antiques and the author of nine books, including two for Bulfinch.
The English Room takes you on a room-by-room exploration of the English home, contrasting town with country life, rooms designed for pleasure with those for more practical needs, and rooms meant to receive visitors with those that are private retreats. Country cottages and London flats, drawing rooms and kitchens all conjure up the essence of English life.
Five Stars great photos, informative. Catherine S. Vodrey said A sumptuous overview of English decorative style. Chippy Irvine's "The English Room" is a sumptuous overview of English decorative style. She is a stunningly effective teacher, deftly combining in very little space English decorative history, English furniture and architectural styles, and the uniquely warm English touch with fabrics, floor coverings, and drapery. The text is a miniature but very thorough education, and a delightful stroll through centuries of English history.The photographs are something to behold. Photographer Christopher Simon Sykes has presented a panoply of different takes on classically English style with a sober, all-seeing eye. Nothing is prettied up--ev. don't judge this book by its cover A Customer I, too, thought this book would be the penultimate guide to English style. That would only be true however, if one believes English style to be unrelentingly grim, grim, grim. All the photographs (and there were fewer than one might have wished) were of dark interiors and unwelcoming, depressing rooms. Maybe Chippy Irvine could have just explored her husband Keith's work. This book does not represent English style at all, to my mind, despite its misleading cover. Glad I didn't pay full price for it.
Chippy Irvine is a contributing editor for Art & Antiques and the author of nine books, including two for Bulfinch. . Her husband, Keith Irvine, is an eminent interior designer with the renowned New York design firm, Irvine Fleming