So many "country" style design books are just a collection of tired decorating cliches such as beat up furnishings that look like they were run over by a tractor, farm animal motifs, barn inspired architecture fit for a cow, etc. It seems the only thing missing is an outhouse in the living room. Rooms to Inspire in the Country by Annie Kelly is so sophisticated and sometimes flamboyant in style it defies many"country" decorating cliches.
The "country" in this book refers not to cow pastures, but to idyllic landscapes that provide a beautiful backdrop for the rich and stylish to live out their design fantasies.
For all the flamboyant designs there are plenty of spaces where subtlety is celebrated. The diverse design perspectives go from serene spaces with milky white walls and neutral furnishings on one page to spaces saturated with bold colors on the next. These beautifully photographed spaces encourage the reader to explore the design possibilities beyond traditional "country" style.