In Perfect French Country Ros Byam Shaw celebrates relaxed rural France at its finest, visiting timeless and beautiful French country homes that feature ancient beams and stone fireplaces, panelled rooms and attics under steeply-pitched pantiles. In a busy modern world that seems increasingly overcrowded and monopolized by technology, the allure of the 'good life' is more potent than ever. As an antidote to texts and tweets, traffic jams and queues, additives and packaging, we seek out the simple and the wholesome, and long for the luxuries of space and fresh air. France can offer all these things, with its traditional farming methods, its authentic regional cuisine, and its low population density. Add to this the inimitable French sense of style and joie de vivre, and you have all the ingredients for an enviable way of life. Perfect French Country revels in the timeless and authentic beauty of the French country home.
Ros Byam Shaw is a former Features Editor of The World of Interiors and Deputy Editor of the British edition of the US fashion and lifestyle newspaper, W. She is now a freelance journalist and writes on design and interiors for The World of Interiors, House & Garden and the Telegraph, among others. Ros is the author of Perfect English, Perfect English Cottage and Perfect English Farmhouse and English Eccentric as well as the bestselling Farrow & Ball Living with Colour and Farrow & Ball Decorating with Colour (all published by Ryland Peters & Small). Ros lives in Devon with her husband and dog.