Picks and Pans Review: The Decorated Room

updated 06/06/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/06/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Lorraine Johnson and Gabrielle Townsend

Done in collaboration with the prestigious British firm of Osborne & Little, which designs and manufactures fabrics and wallpaper, The Decorated Room focuses on creating traditional rooms with an English flavor. Johnson, a publisher and author, and Townsend, a writer and editor, give readers room-by-room examples of how Sir Peter Osborne and Antony Little combine fabric and paper patterns and bind them together with color to create stylish, comfortable interiors. Window, bed, chair, side table, lamp and screen treatments get special attention. The more than 150 color photographs are beautiful, and the engaging text is written with an occasional historical twist. Johnson and Townsend note, for instance, that " 'tent rooms' appear to have been resurrected in France at the end of the 18th century by the decorators Percier and Fontaine, perhaps inspired by Napoleonic campaign tents." (Overlook, $29.95)

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