Saturday, 6 November 2010
Kirstie’s home sweet handcrafted home
Hot on the heels of the popular Channel 4 series, comes a fantastic new book aimed at those who want to create a uniquely stylish handcrafted home on a budget.
Kirstie’s Homemade Home by TV’s Kirstie Allsopp is packed with invaluable hints and tips to help you design the creative home of your dreams. As well as experienced advice on how to go about purchasing crafts, antiques and curios to dress every room in your house, the book also includes a wide range of practical projects. There’s something for everyone from knitting a tea cosy to screen-printing wallpaper. Kirstie’s clear step by step instructions mean professional results are easily achievable, so not only could you save yourself some money but you’ll also gain great satisfaction from having made it yourself. It also contains a useful directory of contacts from antique dealers to craftspeople, not just based in London but right across the country.
I really like this book, as well as its beautiful photography, it's well laid out and easy to follow. Throughout each chapter you can hear Kirstie’s calm and sensible voice guiding you, but at no point do you feel her impinging her personal tastes on you, rather your own style is gently developed.
Having been a bit wary of attending auctions in the past this book has given me the confidence to dip a toe in the water and try bidding online. I especially liked the section on children’s storage having a small but perfectly formed nursery and a strong aversion to flat packed furniture. I now have lots of creative ideas that I can't wait to try out!
In my opinion this book is the next best thing to having an interior designer at hand to give your home a makeover. Highly recommended.
Kirstie’s Homemade Home is published by Hodder & Stoughton RRP £20 and is available from all good bookshops.
We recieved a copy of this book free of charge for review. All opinions are our own.