Happy Christmas!

25 December 2013
Ben Pentreath

With love from the Blog.  Yay! I found the vibe!! Nothing nicer than time with family.   I hope you’re having a really happy day, wherever you are, whoever you’re with!

Here are some photos of Christmas past.


27 comments on this post

Margaret Powlingsays:

Happy New Year, Ben! Have just put on a pan of home made pea and mint soup (more a spring flavour but so easy to make thought it would be suitable/soupable for winter!) Hope you have had a good Christmas and look forward to your blog in the New Year. The oranges on the mantelpiece looks great – nothing fancy, just a vibrant colour and a lovely scent. I managed to find some white cyclamen with which to grace our mantelpiece.
Margaret P


It didn’t occur to me that you would post something on Christmas Day, but today is Monday and, used as I am to my Monday morning fix (strong coffee in hand, cat on lap), I thought I’d check and here you are. Delighted though I am to see your blog I really rather hoped that you would still have your feet up. Don’t burn yourself out Mr P, your blogs are so delightful, we would all be rather bereft if that happened. Rest and relax.

Ben, a very merry Christmas to you and your family! Where else to find the “vibe” but in family? 2013 was my first Christmas without my mother, who passed in Jan 2012. I design my own card each year, so of course this year’s card was a tribute to her (you can see it on my blog, if interested.) I got lovely responses to it from my family–at least those of my own generation, who are also at an age to appreciate the ever-receding Past and the pleasures of partaking of family memories.

The blog photos are wonderful, dreamy, a perfect contribution to the iconography of The Christmas Spirit. Snow, warmed by the reflected glow of lights from within, picture glass reflecting the twinkle of candlelight and Christmas trees, and over all the invisible but readily evident tide of joy, contentment and sentiment that envelops us as at no other time of the year.

Happy Christmas and a healthy, prosperous New Year to you and Bridie! Looking forward to another year of lovely posts!

Best of everything to you, Ben!




Where do you get your nice plain parchment lampshades that cast such a lovely light in your pink sitting room.


Just caught up with your last two posts after our own family Christmas. Best wishes to you and all at Pentreath Towers from East Devon; looking forward to another year of the Best of Blogs! PS. Too befuddled to offer sensible comments on interior decorations other than be BOLD!


A belated happy, peaceful, domestic Christmas with family and friends with an odd multi generational walk with a dog to blow the cobwebs away. I hope that the New Year is calm, sunny and cold, no more wet and windy weather. Thank you for the snowy photo looking down the B. valley. One of my favourite views.
I hope that the coming year will be a very happy and healthy one for you.

Ben, these photos are so lovely and evocative of an English Christmas. For this Anglophile living in Los Angles, they are a wonderful Christmas gift. I have enjoyed reading your blog for years and wish you the happiest of holidays!

Happy, Happy Christmas to You


Merry Christmas from Northern Ontario with two feet of snow. Thank you for another year of your amazing blog. Looking forward to buying from your shop this year.


All good wishes for the festive season Ben. I had Alan Power’s Eric Ravilious – Artist and Designer for Christmas and I thought of you. Thank you for being such a great source of inspiration to me throughout the year. I love your blog and I got up to see your gorgeous shop too this year. All the very best for 2014 personally and professionally.

david noonansays:

happy christmas ben. i love your blog. and your shop.


Another Christmas greeting from Chicago. Hope you had a lovely holiday with your family.

Joyce Morrissays:

Your blogs ALWAYS brighten my week. Thankyou and all the very best of everything for 2014.

Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas from Auckland, N.Z. 26C so swimming in the ocean! Thanks for the great blog- always enjoy them 🙂


Merry Christmas to you and all best wishes for a very happy, healthy and successful 2014. Beautiful photos.

you ben are my english fix.
and you never disappoint. never.
style. humor. and joy.
thank you.
merry christmas!

Merry Christmas ! 16 degrees F here in North Carolina.
xoxo, Lissy


Merry Christmas from Chicago! Wishing you every blessing in 2014.
Thanks for a wonderful year of Inspiration.

Bette Leesays:

The Merriest of Christmases from Sunny Northern CA to one of the very best BLOGS in the whole world…
Many thanks and Happy New Year too…


Merry Christmas Ben, from a drenched French Riviera!


I’m glad you’ve recovered, Ben. But for the fellow-sufferer (winter solstice blues) your candor about that is welcome too. Thanks for your weekly doses of insight, drollery, fresh point of view, visual treats. Your posts actually do provide Inspiration, and not just aesthetically. Merry Christmas.

carol postsays:

Merry Christmas-a nice present to receive your pictures today!


Merry Christmas Ben, I’ve loved your blogs so much this year and look forward to reading next years and watching the decorating projects as they progress. X


We feel you have become an honorary son Ben. How generous of you to remember your faithful followers on Christmas Day. Merry Christmas to you. I say this with a glass of bubbly in hand.


Happy Christmas to you as well.

I like your style very much. And may your Christmas be also as special and unique as you are!

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