Interiors  Books

TOM FORD caused a sensation when it was first published in 2004. This giant slice of fashion history, now back in print, celebrates the designer's phenomenal career, during which he brought the house of Gucci back from the dead and then dethroned the great Yves Saint Laurent. With images by Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton, Steven Meisel and Terry Richardson, as well as texts by Anna Wintour and Graydon Carter, the book showcases Ford's magic touch on iconic catwalk pieces, provocative ad campaigns and elegant interiors. Anyone with an interest in fashion will want to own Tom Ford. Other's will want it because, put simply, it's one of the most iconic coffee table books and a must have for every blogger who wants to include it in photo backgrounds! As they say, if I had a pound for every time I saw this book in a magazine photo, I would be crazy rich. You just have to have it. 

 

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Chanel's  combination of tradition, originality and style has always made it the most seductive of brands. Here the House of Chanel opens its private archives, revealing a galaxy of brilliant designs created by Coco Chanel from 1920 onwards. Dazzling clothes, intricate accessories, beautiful models and timeless design leave no doubt as to the lasting fame of the brand and embody everything that has come to symbolize the magic of Chanel. This book is ranked #1 by Amazon in its fashion books division. Do you dare be seen without it? 

 

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The Interior Design Review Vol. 18 - Andrew Martin 

 

Richly illustrated with over 1000 colour photographs in 496 pages, this retrospective of the publication—now in its 18th year—has been dubbed “the bible of interior design.” A compendium of contemporary interior design styles, it’s essential for any professional interior decorator or design lover. The book is simply massive at 32.8 x 23.9 x 4.8 cm, making it an ideal coffee table book that is worth every penny. It retails at £45 (plus shipping) on the designer's website, however you can get it on Amazon for £37.49 and it is available on Prime (free shipping). 

 

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Colour - Abigail Ahern  THE COOLEST DECORATOR ON THE PLANET - The Times 

 

Colour is clever. It is the cheapest and most transformative thing you can do to a space; capable of injecting instant glamour and cool, making a space cosy, luxurious and indulgent, and defining your style more effectively than any other design element. If you want to introduce colour into your home but don't know where to start or are scared of taking the plunge, Abigail is your perfect guide, delivering the know how of a hands-on, super-exuberant stylist in brilliant, bite-size chunks.

 

Learn how to figure out your colour palette, to trust your instincts and identify your ideal shade - the core colour that will make a home distinctly and beautifully yours.Drawing on her palette of inky, swampy, bottom-of-the-lake hues, easy-on-the eye neutrals and intoxicating brights, Abigail reveals how to build a room through colour, showing how to up the ante with accents and focal points, layer lighting, add drama through accessories, and play around with paint, fabric and pattern. Beautiful photography by Graham Atkins-Hughes.

 

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Decorating with Style - Abigail Ahern 

 

Forget perfection - Decorating with Style gives you the confidence to take risks with interior design, embrace what you love, and fill your home with infectiously fabulous stuff: comforting, inviting and imbued with personality. Decorating Abigail Ahern style is about creating spaces that make you happy - not just buying the latest 'it' chair. According to the internationally renowned interior designer, the most successful homes always have an element of the unexpected. Good taste is wonderful, but without a touch of eccentricity - some tension between spontaneity and rigour, refinement and rebellion - beautifully co-ordinated rooms can leave you cold. Proving that style has nothing to do with money and everything to do with confidence, Abigail goes back to basics to help you determine your own style, then demonstrates how to take interiors to the next level by mixing and layering different styles and eras; injecting intrigue into a room with some maximalist lighting or a decorative rug; playing around with scale, colour and texture to create an enchanting, idiosyncratic vibe. Packed with original ideas, beautiful photography, speedy updates and easy DIY projects - that transform affordable furniture and accessories into something you'd see in a designer showroom - this hip, hands-on guide offers all the tips, tricks and inspiration you need to create a stylish home.

 

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 Creative Living: London  by Emily Wheeler and Ingrid Rasmussen

 

London is the worlds leading creative hub, aided by the winning combination of British sophistication and capital cosmopolitanism not to mention the energy generated by the Olympic Games and talents from around the world make the city their home. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the spaces in which they dwell. The thirty-four houses in Creative Living London are arranged by location West to East taking in the citys grooviest, on-the- edge neighbourhoods, from Shoreditch to Shepherds Bush, London Fields to Hampstead Heath. Whether in a charming mews cottage, converted piano factory, even a revamped fire station, Londons creatives are injecting funkiness and bright ideas into their highly individualistic and inspirational interiors.

 

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 Bright Bazaar  - A refreshing take on colour is from leading interior design bloggers, Will Taylor of Bright.Bazaar.

 

Are you keen to use colour to imprint your personality on the canvas of your home, but lack the confidence to do it? Whether you want to add temporary colour to a rented space or introduce a whole new colour scheme to a home of your own, like a helpful and encouraging friend, Will guides you through making the most of the cornerstone of your life – where you live.

He starts by giving you jumping-off points, from playing with fabric and pattern to layering in lighting, showing you how to learn to trust your colour instincts. Next, from soft and delicate pastel hues to bright and bold colour statements, ten colour cocktails each take on a different palette, arming you with the know-how you need to replicate the look at home. Will shares the personal photographs and memories that inspired his palette and shows you how to translate your inspirations into real life decorating schemes.He explores specific colour palettes for every room in your home to give you the confidence, knowledge and inspiration to get your colour choices right first time. Packed with personality and heart, playful but informative, engaging but practical, Bright Bazaar is brimming with ideas that work.

 

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Home for now  - Joanna Thornhill

Discover simple, budget-friendly ways to create stunning, temporary interior details that won't risk your deposit or change your home irreversibly. More people are renting now than ever before. The average age of first-time buyers in the UK is now 34, and many families choose to rent rather than buy due to uncertainty about house prices. However, the rental market remains surprisingly unflexible, with many tenants banned from making even the simplest alterations, such as hanging a picture or painting a wall. Even those who have managed to take that first leap onto the property ladder often find themselves with no cash left to renovate, so their first home is just a short stop-gap to their forever home ; they resort to a renter s mindset, unwilling and unable to invest vast sums in the fabric of their property and instead making do with quick fixes. Home for Now provides a blend of both inspirational and practical advice, showing how canny tenants have transformed their temporary abodes into stylish spaces. Organised by area of the house Living Spaces; Kitchens and Dining; Bedrooms and Bathrooms; Creative Workspaces; and Plants & Outdoor Living the book showcases standout interiors and offers helpful hints and tips. There are also simple step-by-step DIY and craft projects that both renters and DIY-phobic homeowners can easily achieve to make their temporary living spaces feel like home.

 

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 Room recipes for style & colour - Annie Sloan, the master of chalk paint

 

World renowned paint effects guru and colour expert Annie Sloan considers what makes a successful interior. Style and colour lie at the heart of the matter, but both can be stumbling blocks for the amateur decorator. Annie explains how to achieve your chosen style by creating moodboards and analysing key factors - scale, focus, display and layout. She examines nine popular styles: Boho Chic, Neoclassical, Vintage Floral, French Style, Swedish Style, Coastal Style, Classic Country, Modern Retro and Rough Luxe. Discover, then, the key techniques you'll need to recreate these styles in your own home: colour theory (Why do some colours work so well together? Why can the same colour look dramatically different in different rooms?), using storytelling with pictures and collected treasures, style fusions (combining your favourite styles) and, of course, paint techniques.

With stunning photography and packed with practical advice, this will soon become your interior style bible.

 

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