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Ben Pentreath on Designing English Houses at WWS

January 10, 2020

Renowned UK architectural and interior designer, writer, shop-keeper and blogger Ben Pentreath dazzled invited guests at a standing-room-only lecture and luncheon Friday at the 2020 Washington Winter Show at Katzen Arts Center.

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

"Designing places that work for the long term," Pentreath shared some of his inspirational interiors from city apartments to country manor homes, all with the unique spirit of the English House – at once restrained and simple yet overflowing with a generosity of touch and a richness of color and texture.

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

His 2016 English Houses book is divided into three sections: London, Country, and Country House, and the interiors featured range from a 1930s pied-a-terre in London's historic St James to designer Veere Grenney's pocket-sized Palladian Temple folly in Suffolk and Wardington, a 16th-century stone manor house in North Oxfordshire.

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

Ben’s own homes, in central London and West Dorset, are also included.

(Photo by: Judith beermann)

There’s still time to get tickets to weekend Design Panel events!

The Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys Choir (Photo by: Judith Beermann) The Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys Choir

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Bob's Your Uncle

January 1, 2020

After putting on the kettle for a cuppa every 10 minutes, and getting blotto at the pub every evening, gobsmacked, I did it!


Of course, I am a bit knackered after streaming Acorn TV (with sub-titles) for a fortnight straight, but feeling proper chuffed. Brilliant!


Now when I go over, I won’t be a grockel anymore. 


I do hope if I order champagne instead of soldiers at elevenses I won’t be too much of a pillock. 


A chockablock day of motoring will get me clapped-out, but after a lie-down, I’ll be right as rain. 


Ta to the British for their wizardry with the written word, and magic with mysteries!


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Look What's Up in 2020!

December 30, 2019

2020 will be a banner year for skywatchersCount em’: six eclipses, four super moons and one great solstice appulse! That last celestial happening is when Saturn and Jupiter appear to be adjacent right at sunset during the winter eclipse.


Great balls of fire disappearing, reappearing. Catherine de Medici's court painter, Antoine Caron captured the mysterious phenomenon on canvas in sixteenth-century France.


We've come a long way since modern research into solar eclipses began in the mid 1800s, especially when it comes to guidelines on how to safely view them.

(Photo by: aas.org)

Read more here and mark your calendars!

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