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  • Posted on May 16, 2018

    Shabby Chic Interior Inspiration from the home of Rachel Ashwell

     

    Take a sneak peek into the home of Rachel Ashwell, founder of the Shabby Chic brand and discover her design and interior inspirations for creating a beautiful, comfortable and liveable home…

    Home truly is where we hang our hats, and I have hung my hats in a lot of different places.  When I move into a home, I never quite know my length of stay but “home is where the heart is” are the truest of words. My philosophy is that wherever I am, I make my nest, even in a rented home or hotel. With flowers, music, candles, and beautiful, comfortable, and functional things, a home will be that much lovelier a place for our hearts to be.

     

    Kitchen

    Authentic is the way I would describe my kitchen. While I have affections for squeaky cupboards, wonky drawers, and dripping faucets, the reality is that every kitchen needs careful planning and to function well. I removed most of the cupboards and installed a couple of open shelves, my philosophy being that if you don’t use it, lose it, and if I can’t see it, I forget I have it, so all my new and vintage dinnerware and odd useful charming things end up for daily use, not always as originally intended, but used nonetheless. The countertops are of pure white Thasos marble honed to take off the shine and straight-edged— any bevel would have been too fancy. A rough wood dresser houses a multitude of things, and baskets sit underneath, storing essentials. On top, a microwave and books rumble together in orderly chaos. Farmhouse sinks to me are a must for any home that can house one, and I love how they bring instant cottage or castle to the story. Pots and pans and cleaning things are actually hidden away in unsqueaky drawers under the countertop, concealed by crudely constructed rough wood doors.

     

    Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic

     

    My office at home

    Other than a couple of pale blue painted harvest tables, a white leather chair, and breezy voile curtains hung on a set of French doors, everything else in the room evolves and changes as my projects command. Fortunately everything that pops in is usually so lovely in some form or another that process and mess always look beautiful. Behind my desk is a memo board that’s an ever-evolving work of art. Cards made by my children share equal status with my bits and bobs and dates to remember, mainly already past.

     

     

    The hodgepodge room

    This room could easily have been the forgotten space or the walk-through room at best, had it not been the recipient of a misplaced but much appreciated fireplace more suited to a drafty castle than my sunny Californian home. But nonetheless, its presence gave the room the upper hand over its sister room where the television and the kitchen sit. I have always loved dark brown leather Chesterfield sofas but never had the right home. Finally this seemed right. However, I did change the leather set of cushions for sage velvet so I still had elements of my mushy comfort. The shallow but densely strung and clustered crystal chandelier hangs low over the coffee table. Dimly lit, with candles and the fire, it is nearly impossible not to have a romantic moment.

     

    Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic

          

     

    Beautiful boudoir

    I am just as happy in a beach shack or a barn in the fields of Texas; however, when I want the classical, luxurious hotel experience I am often left disappointed with corporate luxury. This bedroom was my stage to create the Grand Hotel that I have yet to find: a place to play out my imaginings of being a princess. Decadent plush silks, velvets, and crumpled linens were my vision. To me, a test of lovely bedding is if the bed looks equally yummy unmade. A vital glamour element is vintage lighting: chandeliers, wall sconces, and lampshades (often tattered) make the story real.

     

    Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic

     

    For more interior inspiration from Rachel, check out her book Shabby Chic Interiors, photography by Amy Neunsinger © CICO Books.


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  • Posted on April 4, 2018

    Inspiring Tiny Homes

    More recently, tiny homes have become the answer for many who need somewhere affordable to live and possess the creativity and energy to create something different. Gill Heriz has brought together a collection of some of the most incredible tiny homes from around the world, from boats and caravans to yurts seaside huts, to show how beautiful and achievable tiny home living can be.

     

    Inspiring Tiny Homes

    Inspiring Tiny Homes

    Inspiring Tiny Homes

    Inspiring Tiny Homes

    Inspiring Tiny Homes

    Inspiring Tiny Homes

    Inspiring Tiny Homes

     

    These photographs have been taken from Inspiring Tiny Homes by Gill Heriz. Photography by Nicolette Hallett © CICO Books.

    Inspiring Tiny Homes


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  • Posted on February 22, 2018

    Rachel Ashwell: My Floral Affair

    Rachel Ashwell My Floral Affair

    Rachel Ashwell My Floral Affair

    Rachel Ashwell My Floral Affair

    Rachel Ashwell My Floral Affair

    Rachel Ashwell My Floral Affair

    Rachel Ashwell My Floral Affair

     

    These photographs are from Rachel Ashwell's My Floral Affair, photography by Amy Neunsinger © CICO Books.

    My Floral Affair

     


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  • Posted on February 16, 2018

    Perfect English Townhouse by Ros Byam Shaw

    Perfect English Townhouse by Ros Byam Shaw

    Perfect English Townhouse by Ros Byam Shaw

    Perfect English Townhouse by Ros Byam Shaw

    Perfect English Townhouse by Ros Byam Shaw

    Perfect English Townhouse by Ros Byam Shaw

    Perfect English Townhouse by Ros Byam Shaw

     

    These photographs are from Perfect English Townhouse by Ros Byam-Shaw, photography by Jan Baldwin © Ryland Peters & Small

     


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  • Posted on December 12, 2017

    Decorate Your Christmas Table with William Yeoward

    Hurrah for Christmas! It’s one time of the year to really let rip in the dining room. It’s time to ferret in the loft, burrow in the drawers and pull out all those trinkets and baubles. Break all the rules, disregard the barriers between traditional and modern, dust off everything that sparkles and shines and rediscover all the rare and wonderful things kept for “best”. A Christmas table does not have to be a cliché, but it does have to be personal, and it should most definitely have a sense of humour.

     

    FAIRYTALE CHRISTMAS

     

    “Full-on fantasy never disappoints. Be brave and never ask for others’ opinions. It’s all about you!”

     

    William Yeoward Christmas table decorations

    William Yeoward Christmas table decorations

     

    Time for some magic. For a family gathering, I pulled out all the stops to present the full tinseltown crystal and candlelight experience.

    I took inspiration from those rich, dark, Dutch Old Masters like Vermeer whose velvety layers of darkness are punctuated with slots of colour and shafts of light. I do try not to take my Christmas decorating too seriously. I’m not one for the designer tree with themed baubles. If Christmas is a family tradition, then it should reflect past history. We do buy a little bit of something new every year, but old favourites never lose their status, and that includes the slightly tatty fairy with just the one wing. Her place at the top of our tree is sacrosanct.

     

    MODERN ALPINE

    William Yeoward Christmas table decorations

    William Yeoward Christmas table decorations

     

    A complete change of scene here, far away from family traditions of tinsel and crackers and dusty heirloom decorations. The setting for this youthful Christmas is an apartment in the Alps. Far from the wintering gloom, crackling fires, Christmas Specials on the television and the glow of candlelight, this setting makes the most of the sunlight that comes bouncing off the snow and streaming though the windows.

     

    A TOAST TO TRADITION

    “Sometimes it is right to relax into the embrace of Christmas past and go with the flow of tradition. A white tablecloth, cut glass and red flowers will never hit the wrong note, and it just takes a little twist to bring the party right up to date.”

     

    William Yeoward Christmas table decorations

    William Yeoward Christmas table decorations   William Yeoward Christmas table decorations

     

    Christmas is, of course, the one time of year when the decoration of the room does not have to speak in any way to the decoration of the table. The table is the star performer, and everything else justfalls away. I’ve chosen red raffia placemats, just the right size to peek out from under the bone china plates with their thick gold trim – definitely a touch of the luxurious. The informality of the placemats is picked up with the raffia napkin rings – too much luxe can be counterproductive. The crystal is clear, and the tall red coupe cocktail glasses add their zing of colour and are perfect for all the toasting that will no doubt take place as the meal progresses. As this is likely to be a long and leisurely evening, I’ve used shaded candle holders that take tea lights, so there’s no danger of the candles burning down to the wick before the Christmas pudding appears.

     

    This blog has been extracted from William Yeoward Blue & White and other stories with photography by Gavin Kingcome © CICO Books

    William Yeoward Blue and White


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  • Posted on December 5, 2017

    Christmas Gift Guide

    Whether they're a foodie, a gardener, a coffee expert or a star baker, we have a book they'll love this Christmas!

     

    GIFTS FOR FOODIES

    From quick family favourites to indulgent weekend meal ideas or healthy eating motivation for the New Year, you're sure to find the perfect gift for a foodie with our great range of recipe books...

     

    Flavours of the world...

         

     My Modern Indian Kitchen by Nitisha Patel  - over 60 recipes for home-cooked Indian food

    Laura Santtini's Pasta Secrets - over 70 delicious recipes from authentic classics to modern & healthy alternatives.

    Real Mexican Food by Ben Fordham - Authentic recipes for burritos, tacos, salsa and more

    Sushi Made Simple by Atsuko Ikeda - From classic wraps and rolls to modern bowls and burgers

     

    Healthy Eating and Free From...

       

    The New Nourishing by Leah Vanderveldt - delicious plant-based comfort food to feed body and soul

    Super food Slow Cooker by Nicola Graimes - Healthy wholefood meals from your slow cooker

    My Vegan Travels by Jackie Kearney - comfort food inspired by adventue

     

    Recipes for the weekend...

       

    Party Food to Share by Kathy Kordalis - Small bites, platters & boards

    The Lambshank Redemption Cookbook by Lachlan Hayman - 50 blockbuster movie-inspired recipes

    Saturday Pizzas from the Ballymaloe Cookery School - The essential guide to making pizza at home, from perfect classics to inspired gourmet toppings.

     

    GIFTS FOR BAKERS

    They'll be star bakers in the making everywhere this Holiday season with our range of baking books - bring on Bake Off 2018!

         

    LOLA'S: A Cake Journey Around the World by LOLA's Bakers - 70 of the most delicious and iconic cake recipes discovered on our travels

    This is Gluten Free by Victoria Hall - Delicious gluten-free recipes to bake it better

    Fantasy Cakes by Angela Romeo - magical recipes for fanciful bakes

    Japanese Patisserie by James Campbell - Exploring the beautiful and delicious fusion of East meets West.

     

    GIFTS FOR DRINK LOVERS

    Whether it's time for a cup of coffee or a cocktail, we've got your covered!

     

    Winter Warmers...

       

    Easy Leaf Tea by Timothy d'Offay - Tea house recipes to make at home

    Hot Drinks - Over 25 warming recipes for cold days

    Coffee Drinks by Merlin Jobst - An illustrated infographic guide to what's in your cup

     

    Cocktail Time...

         

    The Curious Bartender's Rum Revolution by Tristan Stephenson

    Gin Tonica by David T Smith - 40 recipes for Spanish-style gin and tonic cocktails

    Prosecco Cocktails by Laura Gladwin - 40 tantalizing recipes for everyone's favourite sparkler

    Dr. Adam Elmgirab's Book of Bitters - The bitter and twisted history of one of the cocktail world's most fascinating ingredients

     

    Wine Lovers...

     

    Natural Wine by Isabelle Legeron - An introduction to organic and biodynamic wines made naturally

    Wine and Food by Jane Parksinson - Perfect pairings every time

     

    GIFTS FOR INTERIOR DESIGN

        

    The Scandinavian Home by Nicki Brantmark - Interiors inspired by light

    Rockett St George: Extraordinary Interiors - Show-stopping looks for unique interiors

    New Nordic Colour by Antonia af Petersens - Decorating with a vibrant modern paletteo

    Books Make a Home by Damian Thompson - Elegant ideas for storing and displaying books

     

    GIFTS FOR GARDENERS

    Whatever size your garden, you can get green fingered with our range of gardening books.

         

     My Gardening Journal & Planner

    Tiny Tabletop Gardens by Emma Hardy - 35 projects for super-small spaces - outdoors and in

    The Art of Living with Nature by Willow Crossley - 50 beautiful projects to bring the outside in

    Teeny Tiny Gardening by Emma Hardy - 35 step-by-step projects and inspirational ideas for gardening in tiny spaces

     

    STOCKING FILLERS

    These little books are perfect to pop in a stocking and make someone smile this Christmas!

         

    What Your Dog Breed Says About You by Jo Hoare - A fun look at the peculiarities of pets and their owners

    So You Think You're a Hipster by Kara Simsek - Cautionary case studies from the city streets

    Don't be a Nordic by Jo Hoare - Why embracing the Scandi lifestyle won't change your life

    The History of Insults - Over 100 put-downs, slights and snubs through the ages

     

         

    The Little Pocket Book of Natural Beauty by Karen Gilbert - 35 step-by-step projects for homemade beauty

    ScandiKitchen: The Essence of Hygge by Bronte Aurell

    Easy on the Eyes by Lisa Potter-Dixon - The pocket book of eye make-up looks in 5, 15 and 30 minutes

     

    GIFTS FOR KIDS

    Meet the cute characters in our range of gorgeous and fun kid's books this Christmas.

       

     Talulla Bear Goes Exploring by Heather Roan Robbins - A Mindful Tale of Discovery

    Shady Bay Buddies: Archie Goes to the Doctor by Emma Brown

    Shady Bay Buddies: Archie's First Day at School by Emma Brown


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  • Posted on November 22, 2017

    New Nordic Colour

    New Nordic Colour

     

    New Nordic Colour

     

    New Nordic Colour

     

    New Nordic Colour

     

    New Nordic Colour

     

    These images are from New Nordic Colour by Antonia Af Petersens, photography by Beth Evans © Ryland Peters & Small

    New Nordic Colour


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  • Posted on November 7, 2017

    Recycled Home by Mark & Sally Bailey

    Recycled Home

    Recycled Home

    Recycled Home

    Recycled Home

    Recycled Home

    All these images are from Recycled Home by Mark & Sally Bailey of Bailey's Home, photography by Debi Treloar © Ryland Peters & Small.

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  • Posted on November 2, 2017

    Rockett St George Extraordinary Interiors

    Rockett St George

    Rockett St George

    Rockett St George

    Rockett St George

    Rockett St George

    These photographs are from Rockett St George Extraordinary Interiors by Jane Rockett and Lucy St George, photography by Debi Treloar © Ryland Peters & Small.

    Rockett St George

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  • Posted on October 10, 2017

    5 Reclaimed Wood Projects for a DIY Home

    Using reclaimed wood in your DIY projects is a great way to add character to your home and keep the cost down. We've picked some of our favourite projects from Hester Van Overbeek's newest book, Made with Salvaged Wood, to give you some DIY upcycling inspiration.

     

    1. DISPLAY - Plants stands

    Made with Salvaged Wood

    Every house needs indoor plants—not only are they good for the air quality, but they also add a welcoming touch to your living room. These two plant stands are great for grouping plants together. You could fill your stands with pots of pussy willow, aloe vera, succulents, and sansevieria, but you can fill the stands with flower vases or magazines as well. Made from a wooden box and a broom handle, this is such a simple project and very quick to complete.

     

    2. STORAGE - Mug Storage

    Made with Salvaged Wood

    This mug storage used to be an old cupboard door, but by giving it some picture hangers and hammering in some large nails, it is transformed into very handy kitchen storage. It’s the ideal place to hang your mugs, spoons, and pans, and super easy to make. You can also make one for your craft room or workshop and hang your paintbrushes or tools from the nails.

     

    3. FURNITURE - Slab Coffee Table

    Made with Salvaged Wood

    This side table is so easy to make and will introduce some rustic charm to your living space. All you need is a thick tree slice and four legs. The hairpin legs used here are 8 inches (20cm) high—the perfect height next to a comfy chair. These legs are an untreated metal, but you can buy these legs spray painted in a range of colors if you prefer a bright color pop. The tree slice that makes the top of the table needs to be dried correctly and treated against bugs. You can buy these slabs from a garden center or farm store.

     

    4. DECORATION - Decorative Houses

    Made with Salvaged Wood

    Sometimes you have scrap pieces of wood that are too small to reuse in other projects, but also too big to throw away. Why not turn them into these decorative houses? Painted in a range of toning colors, they will look great on your windowsill, mantelpiece, or bookshelf. Keep making these houses with leftovers from other building jobs and you can create a whole city! Make the houses even more versatile and turn them into candlesticks by adding a small piece of copper pipe to the roof.

     

    5. OUTDOORS - Outdoor Bookcase

    Made with Salvaged Wood

    This bookcase is super easy to build from a few old floorboards. If you have a patio garden, it’s nice to introduce a few pieces of furniture to turn your space into an outdoor room. This bookcase will not only hold pots of herbs but also drinks and snacks for your barbecue parties.

     

    For the full projects and more inspiration check out Made with Salvaged Wood by Hester Van Overbeek.

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