Bare Walls

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 at 6:37 pm
Posted by Jenny Hudson

Decorate by Holly Becker and Joanna Copestick

The Christmas decorations came down on 6th January and the only remnants of Christmas are a pile of cards to be recycled and a stray star ornament hanging over the back door. Everywhere looks so bare now, especially on these cold, grey mornings.

It’s particularly dull this year because we haven’t properly unpacked yet. We moved house in April 2011 and the spare rooms and the cellar are still full of boxes. I know. But it was such a busy year that after the stress of the move we never really sat down, took stock and worked out how to make the place our own. Since Christmas I’ve been looking for inspiration and in particular nosing around other people’s houses via a couple of design books I picked up.

Creative Walls is, as the title suggests, all about utilising wall space creatively and displaying your treasured collections, whether they’re made up of artwork, jewellery, ceramics or pretty much anything really.

The thing I like about this book is that the examples are so personal and provide clues as to the people who live there. In the introduction the writer Geraldine James writes, ‘Cold minimalism has its place, but not at my place.’

Creative Walls by Geraldine James, with photography by Andrew Wood
Creative Walls by Geraldine James, with photography by Andrew Wood
Creative Walls by Geraldine James, with photography by Andrew Wood
Creative Walls by Geraldine James, with photography by Andrew Wood
Creative Walls by Geraldine James, with photography by Andrew Wood

‘Creative Walls: How to display and enjoy your treasured collections’ is written by Geraldine James with photography by Andrew Wood. It is published by CICO Books (2011) and is available to buy from Amazon.

Another great book I’ve come across recently is Decorate by Holly Becker (of Decor8 fame) and writer and editor Joanna Copestick.

Decorate provides 1, 000 design ideas for every room of your home, from living rooms, kitchens and bathrooms to home offices and creative spaces. This design bible is packed full of advice on space, how to plan, how to work with colour and everything you need to know whether you’re planning to smarten up a nook or corner or overhaul the whole shebang.

I love the little nuggets of wisdom that appear throughout the book, like this tip from Carrie McCarthy, ‘Set an inspiration date for yourself. Visit an art gallery. Go window shopping. Spend the afternoon in a book store.’

Decorate by Holly Becker and Joanna Copestick
Decorate by Holly Becker and Joanna Copestick
Decorate by Holly Becker and Joanna Copestick

See also the top pic.

‘Decorate, 1,000 inspirational design ideas for every room in your house’ is written by Holly Becker and Joanna Copestick with photographs by Debi Treloar. It is published by Jacqui Small (2011) and is available to buy from Amazon.

The research didn’t stop with books and I came across the following little gems.

Tidy House Empty Mind Sampler by Miso Funky

Tidy House Empty Mind Sampler by Miso Funky. My mind is bursting!

Butterfly Wall Art Sculpture Flutter Set by Prince Design

Butterfly Wall Art Sculpture Flutter Set by Prince Design (available as single butterflies or as a set). So delicate and so pretty.

Multicoloured Lanterns by Radiance

Multicoloured Lanterns by Radiance. This site is definitely worth a visit. Hannah Nunn is an expert on lighting and designs and makes her own range.

Dream It Limited Edition Print by Doodle Love

Dream It Limited Edition Print by Doodle Love. Words to live by.

The Lady in the Woods by The Art of Adam Shaw

The Lady in the Woods by The Art of Adam Shaw. Just. Stunning.

Autumn Leaf Garland by Madeline Norris

Autumn Leaf Garland by Madeline Norris. So detailed and so intricate.

Rise and Shine from Hunkydory Home

Rise and Shine by Hunkydory Home. Hunkydory Home place is ‘the’ go-to place for ’something a bit different’. Great for Scandinavian design.

I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

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