Thursday, 1 January 2015

2014 book round up

First off, Happy New Year, I hope you all had a good night last night, whatever you were doing!

I love this time of year, I'm full of plans for the year ahead and they include personal goals as well as home related ones. I'm starting this weekend with a continuation of the major clear-out I started last year, to reduce the number of items in our home and make it a more calm and peaceful space. Although, we may have to endure some fairly major building work this year, so maybe calm and peaceful will have to wait a few months. We should know the extent tomorrow.

Before we launch into the new year proper though, I thought I'd do a little round up of some of the best home related books that were published in 2014.

1.Eat Drink Nap by Soho House, £30, Soho House
A look at the distinctive syle of Soho House, this book features stunning images from all the houses as well as design tips and recipes so you really can 'take the house home'.

2. The Making of Home by Judith Flanders published by Atlantic Books, £15 from Foyles
The 500 year history of how our houses became home. This is a fascinating book that chronicles the changes in the way we live and what 'home' means. I'm a complete sucker for the history of houses and if you liked Bill Bryson's 'At Home' then this is right up your street.

3. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo, published by Vermillion £7.69 from Foyles
This book will change your life. This book will change your home, right down to the insides of your drawers. You'll never fold something the wrong way ever again and although some of her ideas are a bit extreme, I can honestly say this book helped get my clothing storage under control once and for all.

4. Plain Simple Useful by Terence Conran, published by Conran Octopus, £25 from The Conran Shop
The key to easy living from the master himself. A joy to read, inspiring images to look at and ideas a plenty on how to keep your home life simple, and in order.

5. Home For Now by Joanna Thornhill, published by Cico books, £16.99 from Ryland Peters & Small
A well overdue look at how renters and homeowners on a budget can customize their space. Absolutely essential reading! I reviewed the book here and interviewed the author here.

6. Mid Century Modern Complete by Dominic Bradbury, published by Thames & Hudson, £48.10 from Waterstones
Everything you'll ever need to know about mid-century style. Its a whopping coffee table book but worth every penny. Packed with information on designers and featuring 1000 images it's as well designed as it is informative.

7.Finnish Design by Pekka Korvenmaa, published by V&A Publishing, £30 from the V&A Shop
A study of Finnish design from the late nineteenth century right up to the present day, a more niche read than others featured here perhaps, but still, an indispensable guide to some of the biggest names and most influential designs in the world.

8. Design Bloggers at Home by Ellie Tennant, published by Ryland Peters & Small, £19.99 from Ryland Peters & Small
Twelve case studies looking at the homes of some of the most innovative interiors bloggers. Full of ideas that are easily adaptable to any rented home and particularly inspiring for styling ideas, plus, everyone likes a virtual snoop round other peoples houses right?

9. A Frame For Life by Ilse Crawford, published by Rizzoli, £35 from Waterstones
A look at the creative process behind the scenes at StudioIlse, this is billed as one of the most important design books of the year and it's as beautifully produced as you'd expect. Full of spaces and designs to aspire to.

10. Marimekko in Patterns by Marimekko, published by Chronicle books, £13.87 from Wordery
A behind the scenes look at the iconic Finnish brand this book is resplendent with stunning reproductions of Marimekko patterns. Inspirational on so many levels.

Happy reading!

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