In our latest ‘Books of the Month’ feature in partnership with Potterton Books, we spotlight three quite different books. The first explores 21st Century homes of the Cotswolds, the second examines English farmhouse style whilst the third centres on renovations from around the world.

Here is a synopsis of each including our stone experts’ observations on how sections of each book identify closely with the theme of ‘Country Charm’ and how to achieve the look.


This is the first book from award-winning interior designer Pippa Paton that showcases the diversity of buildings in England’s famously bucolic Cotswolds region. An exploration of the breadth of styles that fall under the heading of contemporary design, Twenty First Century Cotswolds provides insight into how these beautiful buildings can be transformed sympathetically for life today. The habitable structures of the Cotswolds may be hundreds of years old, but the way we live has changed dramatically over the centuries. Today the predominant desire is for open-plan, multifunctional family homes, and for inhabiting living spaces in completely new ways. An underlying demand for functionality, communication, ease of living, high-end technology and luxurious amenities has also shaped the way homes are being designed and redesigned.

Twenty First Century Cotswolds demonstrates a less invasive approach to transforming properties with ancient character for contemporary living. The focus has shifted towards exposing, enhancing and protecting the historical features and materials of these buildings, and celebrating their individual nature. £40.00.

Flip to pages 94-95 and, with ‘New Lease of Life’, Pippa Paton captures the essence of how a restored 19th century barn provides the quintessential backdrop for modern family life. Recreate this serene bathroom look with white marble basins, driftwood framed mirrors and wood effect porcelain floor tiles. For more ideas browse Lapicida’s Bathroom Inspiration pages.


Farmhouse is a word that conjures an array of appealing associations: fresh eggs and baby lambs, chunky wooden beams and flagged floors, cream teas and harvest suppers; a place of welcome and plenty. With their generous kitchens and meandering layout, the architectural informality of the farmhouse suits modern lifestyles.

In Perfect English Farmhouse, Ros Byam Shaw explores both traditional and contemporary farmhouse style. The book is divided into chapters according to style: Organic, Traditional, Fresh, No Frills and Funky, and at the end of each chapter a spread highlights the key elements of that particular decorative look. At the back of the book, there is also a comprehensive listing of UK and US suppliers to help readers create their very own take on perfect farmhouse style. £30.00.

We love the traditional ‘Country Charm’ look featured on pages 62-63. The photograph depicts a kitchen of a timber-framed Suffolk farmhouse that has been lovingly restored. The building, that dates back to medieval times, features a spacious kitchen and dining room with a beautiful patchwork floor made from a mix of bricks, terracotta floor tiles, the occasional stone slab and planks of wood. Intriguing, yet entirely beautiful. Add character to your home with Lapicida’s Alora porcelain floor tiles – the earthy brown tones mimic century-old rustic interiors.


In Timeless Interiors and Renovations, sixteen renovations and interior projects are presented, surprising in their own variety and spread around the world. Projects by: Bernard De Clerck - Maison Hand - Lionel Jadot - Nicolas Schuybroek - Govaert-Vanhoutte- K2A Architecture / Permis de Construire - Stéphane Boens - Handelsmann + Khaw - Studio P Architects - Archiplan Studio - Obumex - Horsch Interiors - Atelier Passe Partout- Kathleen Walsh Interiors - Studio Charvet - Vlassak-Verhulst.  Trilingual version (English/French/Dutch).  £55.00.

In a ‘Common Passion’ on pages 42–43, Pierre Emmanuel Martin and Stephane Garotin completely stripped back an apartment to create a classic design suited to town or country. The bathroom featured here blends white marbles with wood furnishings, mosaic wall tiles and black herringbone floor tiles similar to Lapicida’s Nero Parquet.

If you wish to contact Potterton Books directly, either email or call +44 (0) 1845 501 218. Visitors to Potterton Books in Sessay are also welcome during office hours, or by appointment at weekends.

Interested in the Country Charm look? Read our blog here and gather even more inspiration with our Pinterest Country Charm board.

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