Published by Ryland, Peters & Small
UK £19.99 US $29.95
Nowadays we are more interested in achieving a happy, smooth-running, and contented home life, so it’s not just the aesthetics of our interiors that we’re pondering. Key to this more considered (and, some might say, realistic) approach to homemaking is the storage of all life’s paraphernalia, from everyday essentials (kitchen equipment, bicycles) to seasonal items (skis and suitcases) and, of course, all those bits and pieces you don’t need very often but still want to hang on to (wedding photograph albums, grandma’s china). We have more stuff than ever before, so where (and how) should we keep it all?
Both practical and stylish, this book is a new storage bible that showcases a wide variety of successful storage solutions (and they certainly don’t skimp on style). It demonstrates how our experience of every room in the house can be improved through a clever choice of storage solutions that balance form and function, and addresses the fact that – while storage is inherently practical – it also holds huge potential for decorative impact. Examining the subject from every possible angle, the book discusses what to store where and what best to store it in, before going on to discuss the storage demands of different items (clothes, books, crafting equipment) and even storage by style, from minimalist to vintage to rustic, to name but a few.
Published by Merrell
UK £24.95 US $39.95 CAN $43.95
Ask almost anyone to describe their ideal home, and the chances are that it’ll be spacious and glamorously decorated, as though it has leapt straight from the pages of a glossy magazine. But enviable decor alone does not result in happiness. The days of simply ‘getting the look’ are over; we are now more interested in achieving a contented home life than in considering purely the aesthetics of our interiors. After all, home is not simply a pretty backdrop to life, but a practical and integral part of it. This timely new title first considers what makes our homes so vital to our happiness, then outlines the basic principles that create a happy home. The main part of the book follows a clear room-by-room arrangement, with sections on such elements as layout, colour, coverings for walls and floors, storage and accessories for each main space in the house. Useful, down-to-earth advice is accompanied by inspirational photographs from stylish homes of all kinds, and every chapter concludes with a list of dos and don’ts for achieving the perfect happy room. Happy Home is not so much about a certain style as about a certain style philosophy. Follow these principles, and your home will be functional, beautiful – and ultimately happier.
- The essential guide to making a home that suits your needs perfectly
- Combines inspirational photographs from a wealth of stylish homes with down-to-earth hints and tips
- Provides specific advice for each room in the house, plus a guide to the basic principles of making a happy home