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About 15,000 people live permanently afloat on canals, rivers and coasts in Great Britain alone, but thousands more enjoy holidaying on boats or own them as weekend retreats in the UK and abroad. This book will feature not only static residential boats and floating dwellings but also those used as holiday homes and funky modern businesses - houseboats can range from canal boats, riverboats, narrow and wide beam boats, barges, Dutch barges, static houseboats and even seaworthy cruisers moored in marina. The book will cover stylish boats from the UK, North America, Europe and Australia. The houseboats engage the reader through their history and owners' stories, which are told in lively text and colourful images. People fall in love with boats and own them for a variety of reasons: out of affordability and necessity; a love of the water; closeness to nature and the environment; or just because they yearn for a different and more relaxed style of living/working space. This book shows how houseboats can offer an attractive, practical and alternative solution, as well as amazing and often idiosyncratic solutions to living successfully in a small space. My cool houseboat covers the following themes: stylish architectural, from San Francisco to Prague; thrifty and eclectic, as an affordable solution to conventional city dwelling; businesses, using houseboats as unusual workspaces, from a book barge to an allotment; modernist, from a Finnish floating office to an Amsterdam watervilla; recycled, ranging from an Ellis Island ferry houseboat to a converted minesweeper; and soulful, covering alternative ways of life, relaxation and recreation, from a New York City houseboat to a stylish Paris home. Word count: 25,000
These projects and patterns for accessories and home decor are guaranteed to work well for sewing novices and produce fun, fast, beautiful results. Created for new-to-sewing crafters who have little or no experience in hand stitching or using a sewing machine, each project offers clear instructions and everything readers need to stitch something they are sure to love. With a wonderful passion for sewing featured on every page, readers will soon discover just how gratifying sewing can be.
'A truly transformative read' Sunday Times STYLE 'More than ever, we need books like this' Jessica Seaton, Co-Founder of Toast and author of Gather, Cook, Feast A whole new way of looking at the world - and your life - inspired by centuries-old Japanese wisdom. Wabi sabi ("wah-bi sah-bi") is a captivating concept from Japanese aesthetics, which helps us to see beauty in imperfection, appreciate simplicity and accept the transient nature of all things. With roots in zen and the way of tea, the timeless wisdom of wabi sabi is more relevant than ever for modern life, as we search for new ways to approach life's challenges and seek meaning beyond materialism. Wabi sabi is a refreshing antidote to our fast-paced, consumption-driven world, which will encourage you to slow down, reconnect with nature, and be gentler on yourself. It will help you simplify everything, and concentrate on what really matters. From honouring the rhythm of the seasons to creating a welcoming home, from reframing failure to ageing with grace, wabi sabi will teach you to find more joy and inspiration throughout your perfectly imperfect life. This book is the definitive guide to applying the principles of wabi sabi to transform every area of your life, and finding happiness right where you are.
For many people, their home encapsulates their life. No matter how big or small, a home is a direct representation of the homeowner's attitude, their opinions, and their individual aesthetics. Using the home as a starting point, this compilation is filled with the first-hand accounts of local and international residents who live in Shanghai. People from all professions - office workers, chefs, designers, and even diplomats - describe their daily lives and how they have come to find themselves in this metropolis, whether they reside in small apartments, studio spaces, three-storey lane houses, or modern skyscraper apartments overlooking Pudong's immense skyline. Each resident tells their personal story, offering a unique insight into why so many people from around the world have made their home in Shanghai.
With this book in one hand and a brush in the other, you can learn how to transform everyday furniture into something special, all for the price of a pot of paint. Annie Sloan is a paint legend and one of the world's most popular experts in the field of decorative painting. In Colour Recipes for Painted Furniture and more, Annie presents 40 new projects and ideas, showing you the easy way to update tired furniture and transform your home. Working with her own range of chalk paints, Annie shows how to mix colours and how to achieve certain looks. Whether your taste is for colourful boho chic or restrained Swedish hues, cosy and comforting rustic shades, a modern and contemporary approach or an elegant French look, here you will find a project to suit you. Start off by mastering the simple art of colourwashing, and work your way up to transfer printing, gilding, stencilling and glazing. There are even instructions for dyeing fabric using paint. As well as painting furniture, the projects range from a staircase painted in a rainbow of colours to stencilled walls, transforming floors with a coat of paint to dyeing linen curtains and even painting a vintage chandelier. Throughout the book, Annie offers expert tips, techniques, shortcuts and guidance, showing you the easy way to create a stylish home.
Use your home as a tool to make better changes happen in your life. Through aligning your heart, home, and health, experience first-hand how small changes make a big difference. What does it take to be happy at home? It's not about buying or not buying a new sofa. It's about whether your home is working for you in the best way. Your home can directly improve your well-being and contentment with better health, sleep, and relationships, and ultimately decrease your stress levels to increase your all-round happiness. Design expert Rebecca West helps you to learn how to achieve a geographical cure without actually relocating and how to redecorate so you can feel best in your space. Along with beautiful photographs, there are a variety of self-assessment activities to connect your financial, emotional and physical health to your space to ensure it nurtures your vision - and while doing so, investing your time and money more effectively too. With the valuable advice in Happy Starts at Home, you can commit to a philosophy of buying fewer things and doing more to discover what's holding you back, in order to find joy and create a home that makes you smile.
Japanese interiors focus primarily on one simple philosophy, Zen. All the rooms in a traditionally furnished Japanese home strive to achieve a balance of peace and simplicity; their interiors are steeped in centuries of cultural influence, and a sense of calm is key to the whole aesthetic. This handbook shows how to create a tailor-made Japanese home. Working through the house one room at a time, it highlights classic items of furniture and signature accessories, from tatami mats and paper lanterns to shoji (dividing screens). In-depth case studies demonstrate the essential elements and provide inspiration, while colour combinations are explored to help personalize this iconic style for the home. Anyone who hankers after the Japanese look and is eager to bring it to their own home will find this book a valuable resource.
Bohemian style is characterized by free-flowing fabrics, bright colours and a multitude of clashing patterns. Heavily inspired by the 1960s and 1970s free-spirited way of life, it is one of the most versatile styles of decoration. Sometimes rule-breaking and always personal, it could be best described as a an effort to live in complete harmony with your surroundings. Forget about famous designers and carefully planned decorating schemes - boho is a style often built up over time and is the antithesis of trend-following. This handbook shows how to create a tailor-made Bohemian home. Working through the house one room at a time, it highlights classic items of furniture and signature accessories, from chandeliers and kilims to plants and lanterns. In-depth case studies demonstrate the essential elements and provide inspiration, while colour combinations are explored to help personalize this iconic style for the home. Anyone who hankers after the Bohemian look and is eager to bring it to their own home will find this book a valuable resource.
Interior designers have increasingly taken inspiration from the design philosophy of Scandinavia, which promotes the creation and use of everyday objects that are beautiful but practical, affordable and accessible. This handbook shows how to create a tailor-made home inspired by Scandinavian design. Working through the home one room at a time, the book highlights classic items of furniture and signature accessories. In-depth case studies demonstrate the essential elements and provide inspiration. Colour combinations are explored to help personalise these iconic styles for the home. Anyone who has found themselves seduced by the Scandinavian style and is eager to bring it to their own home will find this book a valuable resource.
Vintage clothing, vintage decor it simply never gets old and continues to be one of the hottest style trends! Now, you too can create a beautiful vintage home environment that is sure to be the envy all your peers. In The Whimsical Home, master crafters Sania and Susanna show us five different homes furnished with different vintage pieces. Each chapter ends with tips to achieve these fun and whimsical looks. And the best part? None of these exquisite looks will cost you an arm and a leg. Chances are you probably already have a lot of key pieces just lying around your home. Sania and Susanna will show you exactly how to use them. Crafts include: Concrete candle holders A stool decorated with domino pieces A picture made of potholders Follow Sania and Susanna as they travel from home to home, casting in concrete, crocheting, sewing, building, painting, and revamping. Learn how to mix and match unique flea-market finds with modern furniture, and how to reuse old trinkets you may have lying around your house. Be inspired by Sania and Susanna's expertise and advice. Let your imagination run wild; the sky is the limit. Your house will be beautiful, unique, and the envy of homeowners everywhere.
A stunning book of the art collections in the most exclusive homes in Belgium by Fiammetta d'Arenberg Frescobaldi, author of The Art of Living in Brussels, with photography by noted photographer Jean-Pierre Gabriel. An exclusive tour of the private homes of notable artists, entrepreneurs, and royalty. The gardens of the royal Belgian residence, Belv d re Castle, have been photographed here for the first time Artists, art collectors, entrepreneurs, even King Albert II and Queen Paola, welcome you into their homes with an exclusive invitation to see their art-filled, unique interiors and gardens. Author Fiammetta d'Arenberg Frescobaldi and photographer Jean-Pierre Gabriel take you to into places that are normally hidden from outsiders behind high hedges and closed doors. The owner's collections are highlighted with stunning photographs that illustrate the way their artwork resonates with the home's architecture and interior design. Peek over the fence of the royal residence, the Belv d re Castle, and look inside the houses of Jan Fabre, G rald Watelet, Isabelle Werner de Borchgrave, Boris Vervoordt, Gert Voorjans, Sybille de Spoelbergh, and many others.
"A good starting point in designing beautifully, is to adapt to your surrounding architecture and nature - the materials and colours and decorate with your own personal style. Truly knowing your own style is tantamount to interior designing with that ever important personal touch. And finding your own individual style can be a difficult and confusing journey," - Katrine Martensen-Larsen. The (New) Nordic Style is here to stay. The use of rich Scandinavian materials, pure colours, and a distinctive graphic style turn out to be timeless. Yet many people who are looking to create the Scandinavian look at home do not find it easy to match these common elements of Nordic style. Step by step and using different mood boards, themes, materials, light, furniture and floor coverings, Katrine Martense-Larsen explains how to create your own ideal Scandinavian interior.
With the same chainstores to be found on every high street and in every shopping mall, it can sometimes seem difficult to inject individuality into your home without paying designer prices. Now The Homemade Home provides the solution. Designer and stylish Sania Pell provides 50 inspirational yet easy projects for you to make, all for next to nothing. Turn basic white bed linen into something special by adding ribbon borders and embroidered panels, and update lampshades by recovering with fabric or paper. Give old wooden furniture a facelift by repainting and adding paper collage decoration. Recycle glass jars into stylish tealight holders, and use old teacups as pretty plant holders. Create family heirlooms by framing special pieces of children's clothing, or display tiny treasures in wooden box frames. Turn felted sweaters into appliqued cushion covers or cosy scarves, and use the contents of your button box to revamp an old cardigan. With easy to follow instructions and artworks, this book will inspire you to get out the paintbrushes and dust off the sewing machine, and create a truly stylish and individual home.
Antique building materials immediately give timeless, inimitable style to a new or restored home. Reclaimed wooden floors, terracotta tiles, traditional Burgundy slabs, old roof tiling, antique fireplaces... these all fit perfectly into contemporary or classic surroundings. This new book presents dozens of inspiring examples. Text in English, French, and Dutch.
Using easy to understand do-it-yourself projects, Modern Living - How to Decorate with Style shows how investing just a little time and money can make a big splash in your home. Working on your own, you can give your home a facelift that will make it even more comfortable and beautiful.
"Hilton Carter's love for plants is infectious... His lush and exuberant displays are inspiring reminders that plants can be so much more than neat little containers on a window sill." Grace Bonney, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Design*Sponge Take a tour through Hilton's own apartment and other lush spaces, filled with a huge array of thriving plants, and learn all you need to know to create your own urban jungle. As the owner of over 200 plants, Hilton feels strongly about the role of plants in one's home - not just for the beauty they add, but for health benefits as well: 'having plants in your home not only adds life, but changes the airflow throughout. It's also a key design element when styling your place. For me, it wasn't about just having greenery, but having the right variety of greenery. I like to see the different textures of foliage all grouped together. You take a fiddle leaf fig and sandwich it between a birds of paradise and a monstera and.... yes!' You will be armed with the know-how you need to care for your plants, where to place them, how to propagate, how to find the right pot, and much more, and most importantly, how to arrange them so that they look their best. Combine sizes and leaf shapes to stunning effect, grow your own succulents from leaf cuttings, create your own air plant display, and more.
Welcome to the 'more is more' world of decorating, or as it's more commonly know in the business, Maximalism. A style that embraces the all-out: beautiful colour palettes, luxurious textiles, patterns and embellishment. Maximalism is the epitome of passion, one in which Scandi-style, stripped bare and pared-back interiors have no place. Abigail Ahern guides us through the sea change in the world of interiors as the pendulum swings away from minimalism, over to our increasing desire for self-expression and optimism. Learn how to break the 'rules' of interior design, play fast and loose with different periods in a single room and have fun. Maximalism allows you to dip into colour palettes and any decade or style, with the effect of stirring up emotions and creating a bedazzling space you'd never want to leave. Chapters include: Developing a Sense of Style: Research tips and how to begin, from trawling Instagram and tearing sheets from magazine. Expressing Yourself: Learning which rules to forget and which guidelines you would do best to remember to make your decorating foolproof. All-Important Accessories: Learn to create a story whereby every object in the room supports the same vision. Identifying Your Palette: Experiment with thinking outside the box and be curious with colour - what matters most is not the colour but the tone. Creating a Sense of Home: All homes should have a soul and you should be the mixologist, taking risks and mixing up furniture styles with aplomb. Creating Ambience with Lighting: Lighting is key and enables you to set a mood that is instantly tangible and has a direct impact on mood and energy. Styling Your Space: The secret ingredient to making a maximalist home work, and not feeling like a cluttered mess. Challenge the Norm: Harness beauty and oddity, sensuous and the macabre, to create a decorative melting pot where elements vibrate with energy. Little Black Book: Take a peek inside Abigail's little black book where we find the best global decor stores not to be missed.
An indispensable source of inspiration and advice for anyone undertaking home design or redecoration, whatever the scale or budget. Through tapping into this world-renowned designer's exceptional talent and professional experience, creating a home for the way you live becomes not only achievable, but an exciting design prospect. From walls to windows, floors to doors, stairs, lighting and more, Kelly considers ever element of a home, explaining how she works and offering creative solutions for every aspect of design and decoration -- from evaluating and reconfiguring space and layout, to planning the lighting, choosing materials and furniture and adding individual touches. Full of checklists, tips and advice alongside stunning photography, this an invaluable resource for anyone embarking on a home design project, giving you the know-how you need to make informed decorating decisions whether you're starting with a blank canvas or merely giving one room a fresh look.
From the editors of domino magazine, two essential guides to interior design and decorating, now in one gorgeous gift package. Since launching in 2005, domino has attracted a fiercely loyal following, which looks to the brand as the definitive source for decorating and style. domino: The Book of Decorating, now with an updated resource section, takes readers room by room through a home, breaking down the elements of a successful design. domino: Your Guide to a Stylish Home dives deep into the specifics of home decorating, showing how to use key elements like rugs, lighting, and fabric to build a design. These two complementary volumes, both in the friendly and authoritative voice of domino, are full of lavish, four-colour photography and art; sidebars; tips; tricks of the trade; and resources, making this boxed set the perfect gift for any home decorator.
Cut, place and embellish. With the easy 3-step technique and design guidelines in Easy Ikebana, making an extraordinary flower arrangement is that simple! You don't need exotic flowers or expensive vases to create a stunning floral arrangement. Even a single flower from your garden or local market, combined with a simple container that matches its size and shape, will result in a uniquely beautiful addition to your space. Water, a pair of scissors, and maybe a few leaves, sprigs, or wildflowers are the only other items you'll need to complete your arrangement. With Easy Ikebana, even the most inexperienced beginner will: Become familiar with different types of seasonal flowers, what they require and how to handle them Develop a sense of proportion to create a balanced arrangement Learn how to choose and use greenery in your arrangements, whether you're placing one flower or several Pick up tips for making cut flowers last longer Discover ways to make a strong statement using very few components These arrangements show how striking understatement can be-not to mention how affordable. The gentle lessons in this book will make flower-arranging a relaxing and satisfying activity season after season, and the stunning photos will inspire practitioners at all levels with the beauty and power of simplicity-the heart of ikebana.
Use your shelves to display your collections and create ever-evolving works of art with Geraldine James's inspirational ideas. Find out how you can use what you already have in a stylish and unexpected way to revitalise a room. Whether you want to group a collection of colourful vases against a dark wall, use picture rails to line up a selection of prints, or organise plants and treasured finds from the natural world, any shelf can be a stage for artful arrangements with this innovative guide. You can find a home for all your prized possessions, and the best thing about shelves is that you can change a display whenever the mood takes you. Chapter by chapter, discover ideas for how to arrange virtually anything and begin a journey into colour, textures and themes to create elegant focal points that give a home character and charm.
Personalize your space with beautiful, nature-inspired prints!
Featuring dozens of stylized, vintage illustrations, Instant Wall Art: Botanical Prints captures the intricate details and vibrant colors of the world's most stunning plants. Each page encourages you to frame your favorite pieces and personalize your space with the beauty of the outdoors.
From the blooming Cape blue water lily to the flowering peach tree branch, this book's beautiful, budget-friendly art makes it easy and inexpensive to transform your entire home. With Instant Wall Art: Botanical Prints, you can finally say goodbye to blank walls and hello to the nature-inspired look you love--all at an exceptional value!
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