The Stuff of Life

The Stuff of Life

Book - 2014
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Demonstrates how possessions can be used to decorate interior spaces, and showcases homes accessorized in styles that include neatnik, bohemian, and naturalist.
Publisher: London : Ryland Peters & Small, 2014
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781849755054
Branch Call Number: 747 R546S 2014
Characteristics: 208 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm


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ksoles Jun 11, 2014

After spending much of the past decade in New York styling home interiors for magazines like "Real Simple" and "Town & Country," British designer Hilary Robertson has become an expert on "The Stuff of Life," a perfect title for her new book devoted to the art of display.

In its first two chapters, "How to Arrange Your Stuff" and "Where to Arrange It," the book dispenses valuable advice on showcasing the objects in your life. The second part of the book, "Stories Told by Real Homes," provides inspiration from real-life examples. Albeit slightly esoteric and unachievable for most, the collection of decorating ideas will certainly prod readers to think outside the box. Vignettes include a sage green wall behind a display of mottled enamel kettles; an Eames Eiffel chair paired with a farm table; daybeds placed at right angles to each other in lieu of sofas and cabinets painted a deep cobalt blue in a kitchen where utensils are repurposed as light fixtures and frying pans hang as wall decor.

Whether you identify as a naturalist, a bohemian, a collector or a minimalist, "The Stuff of Life" will certainly have you rearranging your coffee table.


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