Whether you live in a bustling home where a family of different ages with varying tastes and interests needs to be accommodated, in a compact city pied Ã terre, or in a country or seaside retreat, you will find inspiration here for your ideal living space.Â There are four chapters on different areas of the houseâ€”Cook and Eat features kitchens and dining areas, Relax and Socialize covers living rooms, Work and Create includes home offices and studios, and Sleep and Bathe, of course, shows bedrooms and bathrooms. A final chapter, Store and Display, shows how different areas of the home can be used to show off your treasures and store your collections. Each chapter features rooms of different stylesâ€”from sleek and minimal, to Aladdin's caves belonging to collectors of anything and everything, thrifty chic-style rooms furnished with second-hand buys, and renovated homes with no expense sparedâ€”as well as displays featuring designer items alongside inherited family heirlooms. However, the one thing every room has in common, whatever its style or purpose, is that it has been furnished and decorated with great attention to detail.
How to display and enjoy your treasured collections
Author: Geraldine James
Publisher: CICO Books
Any wall is perfect for display, whatever its size, shape or style. In this inspirational guide, Geraldine James, veteran collector of all things beautiful, shows you ways to organize and display your treasured collections to celebrate their uniqueness and your creativity. Collections of quirky items can illuminate a little corner, whereas a teenagerâ€™s bedroom will transform instantly when hoarded sports memorabilia makes the leap from the floor to the wall in a bold, clever arrangement. Look for unusual spaces and items: line up a series of themed prints above a picture rail, set heaps of floral china plates in grand style above the fireplace or simply add a mirror into a display to instantly create another in its image. Chapter by chapter, discover how to arrange virtually anything from scratch, rearrange the collections you treasure to best effect and begin a journey into colour, texture and themes to create elegant displays that give a home character and charm. From a memory wall of sepia family photographs to witty collections of kitsch art, this clever guide shows how to create a look that will bring any space to life.
95 Inspiring Ideas for Photographing Your Friends, Your World, and Yourself
Author: Elsie Larson,Emma Chapman
Publisher: Potter Style
Ready to show your photos some love? Whether it’s of your sister’s smile, your morning coffee, or your new puppy, photos are a way to connect on Facebook and Instagram, keep a visual diary of our lives, and create momentos for future generations. Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman, creators of the mega-popular DIY style blog A Beautiful Mess, are in love with photographing everyday life. Here, they share that love with 95 all-new tips and photo challenges that will inspire you to style and snap better photos and then transform them into simple yet stunning projects and gifts. You’ll learn how to: • Take the most flattering self-portraits • Be your own stylist to turn dull, cluttered photos into pretty lifestyle photography • Capture adorable couple portraits • Turn everyday moments, hobbies, and rituals into amazing photos • Show off your favorite photos by turning them into handmade jewelry, home décor, and gifts Packed with Elsie and Emma’s happy spirit and unique style, A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book will inspire you to capture your days, your friends, and your dreams in beautiful photos!
A companion to Decorate, the international bestseller, this interactive guide takes readers step by step through the decorating process of beloved stylist and blogger Holly Becker. In Decorate Notebook, Becker shares her personal design philosophy and explains how to carry a vision into a finished room, from the early paint swatches to the final accents. Readers will learn how to identify their style, create mood boards, outline a schedule and budget, source materials, and start decorating! Filled with expert tips, important checklists, blank space for making lists and plans, and 250 photographs of gorgeous interiors, this is an essential planner for home decorators whatever their budget.
Whether you have a single treasured objet dâ€™art or a collection of nature finds gathered on a country walk, a family of framed photographs or a set of leatherbound books, a trio of glass candlesticks or an ever-growing pile of bone china plates, here you will find new and exciting ways to present them. In Creative Display, Geraldine James shows how you can create the perfect table setting from mismatched plates and cutlery trawled from a fleamarket, how the simplest set of shelves can be arranged to create a miniature still-life, and how essential storage can become something beautiful in its own right. With a natural talent for seeking out the unusual, Geraldine introduces new ways to upcycle the everyday and recycle the reclaimedâ€”a weathered barn door becomes a striking side table, a stack of magazines reinvents itself as a lamp table, and a gently rusting metal radiator cover finds a new life as a display shelf for a treasured collected of seashells. In Geraldineâ€™s hands, the everyday item becomes a work of art and even the most mundane objects can be seen in a new light. In Creative Display you will find new and unusual ways to turn all your treasures into exciting art forms.
Beautiful DIY decor for a one-of-a-kind home! Can't afford to buy that amazing piece from your favorite gallery? Unoriginal, store-bought "art" leaving you...uninspired? With Handmade Walls, you can finally grasp that creative look you've always wanted without spending a fortune or succumbing to that cookie-cutter feel. Inside this book, you will find 22 imaginative ideas that will encourage you to fill your home with handmade creations. From showcasing a family photograph in a farmhouse-inspired frame to an elegant, multifaceted mirror that lights up an entire room, each of these projects will become a stunning addition to any space. Perfect for anyone who has ever wanted to fill his or her walls and rooms with personality, Handmade Walls shows you how to use beautiful, budget-friendly art to turn your house into a home.
The Sweet Spot Style Guide to Home Office + Studio Decor
Author: Desha Peacock
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
We are all born with an innate desire to creatively express the essence of who we are. This desire is embedded into our soul, a gift at birth, our own Northern Star in a galaxy full of the unknown. Your physical setting can either hamper or inspire this creative calling. Known for her eclectic style and helping others see the possibility within themselves, their homes, and personal style, Desha Peacock offers you tips on designing a creative work space that will also inspire you to do the work you are meant to do. Peacock’s design tips cover how to: Use your work space to inspire your best work. Choose the right color to enhance your mood. Create a cozy virtual office no matter where you live. Work with a tiny space in a closet or other nook. Mix vintage, modern, and thrift store finds so you can create the style you crave, no matter your budget. Gain more clarity so you can focus on what’s most important to your business or creative life. Your Creative Work Space features full-color photographs of unique, creative work spaces from the traditional home office to the artist’s studio or writing salon.
Art, craft and all things homemade have never been more popular and the trend for working from home continues apace. But it can be tricky to carve out a space in your house that lets you indulge your passion or earn a living from your creativity. Studio and study spaces are special places – full of creative spirit and practical potential – and there's never been a greater demand for a book that shows you how to carve out a corner that allows you to not only practice your craft, but inspires and facilitates the very work you create. Real-life case studies from seven different countries, ranging from crafters, writers, designers and artists, show readers just what can be achieved on every budget. Many of the studio owners featured have a dedicated and ever-expanding social media following, including fashion designers Kiel James Patrick and Sarah Vickers, woodworker Ariele Alasko, designer Sarah Sherman Samuel, fine artist Lisa Congdon and decor8 blogger Holly Becker. Detailed chapters outline the vital pieces needed to create a functioning and inspirational studio space, while also taking an in-depth look into different styles of studios for craft and creative activities. With Studio, Sally Coulthard shows you that spaces for creativity can be easy to make, look beautiful, and fitted into any home.
Welcome to the world of Fine Little Day. Take a peek into the fascinating life of Elisabeth Dunker. This is a woman of many talents: blogger, writer, stylist, designer, photographer and artist. This, her first book, is filled to the brim with inspiring images of everything that she takes joy in. We meet her in the studio, where she presents her workplace and sanctuary, before she introduces us to one of her greatest loves - collecting! With colourful baskets, crochet potholders, vintage embroidery patterns, Scandinavian china and retro novels just as a start... Next a tour of Elisabeth’s own eclectic home. Bursting with colour and pattern, her Gothenburg apartment is an enviable mix of handmade blankets, vintage finds, bold printed wallpaper and fabrics, smart storage and classic Scandinavian furniture. She also gives us plenty of ideas for recreating the look, with quick and easy projects to try at home. Press flowers, re-use textiles in a patchwork, make pearl baskets, decorate wooden spoons or print a sweatshirt... Enjoy a trip out of the city as we are shown around Elisabeth’s cabin in the woods, with atmospheric pictures of the beautiful Swedish countryside and yet more decorating ideas, this time with a more rustic feel. With home tours of Elisabeth’s creative friends and partners we also meet Japanese artist Mogu Takahashi, Swedish illustrator Henning Trollbäck and hear about her succesful collaboration with Swedish homewares brand House of Rym, to name a few. This inspiring book is full of pictures, fun and heart.
The Inspired Home: Interiors of Deep Beauty opens the door to twenty-five of the most beautiful homes in the world—ones owned by top interior designers, fashion designers, artists, and stylists—to reveal how simple principles borrowed from nature can inspire gorgeous, innovative interiors that both calm and embolden us. To create this unique volume, Karen Lehrman Bloch interviewed renowned aesthetes with homes all over the world, including interior designers Juan Montoya, Darryl Carter, and Vicente Wolf; fashion designers Donna Karan, Alberta Ferretti, and Consuelo Castiglioni; stylist Lori Goldstein; and artist Michele Oka Doner. The direct and practical advice featured inside, along with a wealth of extraordinary photographs of the homes, teaches us how to feel visually, understand color and texture, and find objects, new and used, with a sense of life. An inspired home, Bloch reveals, fulfills our physical and spiritual needs, provides an enduring sense of rejuvenation and pleasure, and is both easily attainable and timeless.
How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections
Author: Amanda Blake Soule
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
Category: Family & Relationships
When you learn to awaken your family’s creativity, wonderful things will happen: you’ll make meaningful connections with your children in large and small ways; your children will more often engage in their own creative discoveries; and your family will embrace new ways to relax, play, and grow together. With just the simple tools around you—your imagination, basic art supplies, household objects, and natural materials—you can transform your family life, and have so much more fun! Amanda Soule has charmed many with her tales of creativity and parenting on her blog, SouleMama. Here she shares ideas and projects with the same warm tone and down-to-earth voice. Perfect for all families, the wide range of projects presented here offers ideas for imaginative play, art and crafts, nature explorations, and family celebrations. This book embraces a whole new way of living that will engage your children’s imagination, celebrate their achievements, and help you to express love and gratitude for each other as a family. To learn more about the author, Amanda Soule, visit her blog at www.SouleMama.com.
In this, his third book, celebrated interior stylist Hans Blomquist reveals his lifelong passion for colorÂ and the way in which it canÂ affect our emotions. Color canÂ soothe, enchant or excite. And as Hans demonstrates, itÂ has the ability toÂ render rooms cool and calming, dynamic and stimulating or moody andÂ intriguing. As ever, Hans draws his inspiration from the treasures of the natural world, exploring shades from the dazzling optic white of newly fallen snow to the fiery crimson heart of a newly unfurled poppy and the inky canopy of the midnight sky. Divided into fiveÂ sections â€“ Dark, Pale, Soft, Natural and Bright â€“Â In the Mood for ColourÂ will make you see color in a completely different light.
Florals, vintage fabrics and soft pastel colours have taken the fashion world by storm - and all the signs are that this look is set to take over our homes too. After the trend in recent years for neutral, minimalist interiors, this refreshing return to colour, texture and comfort is likely to be embraced in homes everywhere. In VINTAGE STYLE, designer Cath Kidston provides a guide to creating the look throughout your home. The essence of this eclectic style is the combination of beautiful old fabrics and textures with modern comforts. Taking each room in the home, from the Living Room and Kitchen to the Bathroom and Outdoors, Cath Kidston shows how the elements work, from the big picture - wallpaper and paint ideas for walls, floors and woodwork - to the essential details and accessories - from lined storage baskets for the kitchen to fabric-edged antique blankets for the bedroom. Her inspiration is drawn from a broad palette, from the faded beauty of old French wallpapers to the bright patterns of fifties' North American oilcloths and many contemporary sources. Informative captions and text, together with a Practicalities section at the end of each chapter. VINTAGE STYLE transforms the charms of the past into a fresh, contemporary approach to decorating for today.
How do you make room for making art? Do you long to uncover secrets to sneaking more creative time into your day, or to making your studio the perfect place to unleash your artistic potential? Have you often wondered how successful creative types seem to manage both with ease? In her inspiring follow-up to Living the Creative Life, author Rice Freeman-Zachery has gathered together a talented new group of artists to share their time-finding tricks and studio-savvy tips, to help you find your own Creative Time and Space. Whether you're looking to clear more space in your head for creative thinking, or to make the most of the time you do manage to sneak into your studio, the help you need is all right here. Discover ways to keep the creative part of your brain engaged even during activities such as shopping or doing "business work" on the computer. Learn how to budget your time by spending less of it surfing the internet and more time sketching out your next creative project. Pull yourself out of a creative rut with ideas from reorganizing your studio to remembering that mistakes can be fun to forcing yourself to try a new color palette. Obtain an insider look into the studios of several successful artists and get a glimpse of where they get to go to work every day and the rituals they use to get the juices flowing. Try out jump-starting exercises for your brain and unleash an entirely new creative direction. Creative Time and Space is just the friendly push you need to work more of what you love (making art) into your life and to love whatever space you create it in.
First edition published in Japan in 2005 by Kodansha International. The Very Small Home is an inspiring new book that surveys the creative design innovations of small houses in Japan. Eighteen recently built and unusual houses, from ultramodern to Japanese rustic, are presented in depth. Particular emphasis is given to what the author calls the 'big idea' for each house-the thing that does the most to make the home feel more spacious than it actually is. Big ideas include ingenious sources of natural light, well thought-out loft spaces, snug but functional
'One theme that has become quite clear is that all of the characters embrace, cultivate, or are naturally inclined to take a wonderful childlike view of the world. That is evident in their homes, as well as their work' Robyn Lea Modern Day Bohemians sidesteps the world of carefully constructed interior design images and instead, dives into the liberated and nonconformist atmosphere of offbeat beauty and artistic delights. It asks the question: what does it mean to be bohemian in the modern world? Robyn Lea is an incredible storyteller - both visually and in the written form. She understands the creative spirit. In each profile she traces the journey from unusual childhoods to creative, often unorthodox, adult worlds and along the way reveals the interesting twists of fate that have allowed each person to realise their full bohemian potential in the spaces they live and work in.