Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Home Stylin' Books

I've been going through a bit of a home interiors phase whereby I borrow thick, lush home styling books from the library, pour over the unattainable, and look dejectedly around my own place feeling inadequate. It's fun! No really.

I try to make things nice where I can but the reality of having two little munchkins means the place is childproofed within and inch of its life (child-gates and nifty but unattractive drawer locks are not exactly featured in these books) and the floor is often strewn with the debris of play, you know: odd parts from random toys, blocks here and there, sultanas under the couch, deflating balloons... can you tell I'm looking at my floor now?

Just to drive the point home, this is what I got when I tried to photograph the covers with Miss P as photographer's assistant:

But it's nice to dream and these books are the stuff of dreams. Beautifully photographed, stunningly styled and aspirational.

Special mention to Nomad. The concept of the book is how to incorporate your travels into your home when you return - whether it be through displaying a souvenir you brought home or using the dominant colour palatte of the place you visited. Some really interesting ideas here. It might be a while before I can travel somewhere exotic enough to warrant some home stylin', but in the meantime, I'll travel in my armchair...and redecorate in my mind.

Top to bottom: Modern Vintage Style by Emily Chalmers, Design*Sponge at Home by Grace Bonney, Decorate by Holly Becker and Joanna Copestick and Nomad by Sibella Court.