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Creative Walls [Hardcover]

Geraldine James
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Book Description

10 Mar 2011
Creative Walls will inspire you to organize and arrange your collections on any surface in your home to create character, charm and elegance. Any wall is perfect for display, whatever its size, shape or style. In this inspirational guide, Geraldine James, veteran collector of all things beautiful, shows ways to organize and display your treasured collections to celebrate their uniqueness and your creativity. Fans, teapots or clocks can illuminate a little corner, whereas a teenager's bedroom will transform instantly when hoarded football memorabilia makes the leap from the floor to the wall in a bold, clever arrangement. Look for unusual spaces and items: line up a series of themed prints above a picture rail, set heaps of floral china plates in grand style above the fireplace or simply add a mirror into a display to instantly create another in its image. Chapter by chapter, discover how to arrange virtually anything from scratch, rearrange the collections you treasure to best effect and begin a journey into colour, texture and themes to create elegant displays that give a home character and charm. From a memory wall of sepia family photographs to witty collections of kitsch art, this clever guide shows how to create a look that will bring any space to life.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: CICO Books (10 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907563156
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907563157
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 19.6 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Geraldine James started her career in fashion as a contemporary designer buyer, and from fashion she moved to home and gift. Geraldine soon developed a passion for collecting and finding the most unusual and beautiful things. She now works as a home buying manager at Selfridges and, as part of her role, spends time traveling extensively to find exciting new products for the store.

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About the Author

Geraldine James started her career in fashion as a contemporary designer buyer, and from fashion she moved to home and gift. Geraldine soon developed a passion for collecting and finding the most unusual and beautiful things. She now works as a home buying manager at Selfridges and, as part of her role, spends time travelling extensively to find exciting new products for the store.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real inspiration! 3 April 2011
By Rosie
For anyone who needs help finding innovative ideas for what to do with empty walls in your flat/house this really is all you need! The pictures are absolutely gorgeous and the ideas, so original. The author shows you just how easy it is to be so creative in and around your home with your very own belongings.

What I love most about this book is the personal touch. The author has included all her friends houses and used their great ideas for how to decorate your walls which brings out the real charm and character of this great read.

Would recommend to anyone looking for a fabulous present or merely just something to treat yourself to- I have!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, but not really as described 11 Sep 2011
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This is a beautiful book with loads of gorgeous photographs of highly individual rooms - some of which are actually shop interiors, rather than homes. Though it is lovely, and I will enjoy it, it's not really what I expected. I think the description makes it sound much more practical than it is. Most of the ideas shown are very very edgy and unlikely to fit into a domestic situation unless you really are uber-cool and live in a loft in Berlin or something (in which case, you probably won't need the book). So, I will keep it for pure enjoyment and for - perhaps - some degree of inspiration, but if you're looking for a more practical guide, this is perhaps not the one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and informative 26 April 2011
Not only did Creative Walls provide the inspiration for me to make the most of my flat but it also looks beautiful on my new coffee table. Just about everyone who enters my flat ends up thumbing through it and going away with plans to display old photos, a grandparent's collection of antique thimbles - even a selection of vintage hats! The rules only stretch as far as your own imagination!

The way the author uses her own home and those of her friends gives the book a massive personal touch and makes even the most original ideas seem achievable. The author also makes it very clear that good style has nothing to do with how much money you have to spend - it's about making the most of the things you probably already have so your home really reflects your personality.

The book is beautifully put together, well shot and very informative. It would make an excellent gift - I'm only hoping my mum doesn't buy a copy between now and Christmas as I've already bought a copy for her stocking!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Lovely! 24 Mar 2011
Creative Walls is completely engaging from start to finish. It focuses on something so simple -- walls -- yet manages to be a real page turner because the author builds out the topic so thoroughly. When you think of a book focusing only on walls you imagine that at some point, you'd fall asleep. I mean, how many options do you have? Wall decals, paint, wallpaper, pictures... But with Creative Walls the author and her friends show you tons of ideas and most are not at all typical. This book makes you think that anything is possible when it comes to decorating your walls. If you rip down the wallpaper and discover layers of old paper beneath it, keep it that way if you like it and don't apologize. If you want to group a million portrait paintings from a boot sale on your wall, go for it because it's your house. If you feel like sharing your cherished collection of insects, plates, or anything else you fancy, do it. If you want to put tons of things on your wall in the kitchen, why not? There are no limits to creativity and this book really opens the mind up to the possibilities.

I also love the cover of this book and the overall design is quite nice, as is the paper quality.

Creative Walls gives you hundreds of ideas to help you deck your walls with confidence and creativity. It encourages you to have fun and follow your creative vision. Bravo to the author for such a divine book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational and beautiful 25 Feb 2012
I have found this book to be very inspirational for my own rooms, and has made the task of decorating less daunting and more fun! It even pushed me into the attic to retrieve a stash of old photo frames that I have been 'saving'. The quality of the book is amazing, the pages are thick and the images crisp. I would recommend it to anyone, even if you have your perfect home, its great just to look at the pictures.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stimulating but a bit limited 24 Jan 2012
By Peasant TOP 500 REVIEWER
I do rather like this book, despite its limitations. The author seems obsessed with bits of dead animal (tender-hearted vegetarians beware), and the schemes shown are pretty much the same whatever the room; some more obviously kitchen-y, bathroom-y and bedroom-y schemes would have been nice. Also, the things displayed are very similar; collections of pictures, collections of photographs, and assemblages of bizarre unrelated bits and bobs make up the vast majority of what is shown. I would have liked to have seen more suggestions for how to display books, or vintage clothes, or kitchen antiques, or any of the many different kinds of collections that would lend themselves to putting on a wall. There isn't enough variety of object shown, that's for sure.

However the book does, unlike many designer guides, feature a wide range of styles from the vibrantly jazzy to the cool and monochrome, in a good selection of fairly ordinary rooms; whatever your taste I think you'll find something to like here. The children's and adolescent's rooms are very good too, and none of the rooms are sick-makingly "feminine" or so cluttered as to be impractical; photos taken without a coloured filter too, for a change! So what we see is actually down to the display, not the fact that the room itself is outstanding. This means there is a lot of inspiration for the reader.

Buy it for yourself if you haven't got the courage to tackle your bare walls unaided; it would also make a really good house-warming present.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book for inspiration
I really like this book.

The quality of the paper, cover and binding is really nice. It is laid out well and the photos are great. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Leanne
1.0 out of 5 stars I wish I hadn't bothered
I bought this book because of the rave reviews it had received in interiors magazines - I wish I hadn't bothered. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mrs. K.
5.0 out of 5 stars Endless Ideas
This beautiful book was exactly what I was looking for. If, like me, you have acquired tons of treasures, little drawings, postcards, sketches and pictures then this book is... Read more
Published on 17 April 2012 by A. Bailey
4.0 out of 5 stars Chic!
This is a gorgeous little book, prefect for a gift.
Despite not having much written text the book says it all without words. Read more
Published on 1 Mar 2012 by Kimberley
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative Walls
This book is nothing but pure inspiration!
Any spare moment i have i take this book and a cup of tea and let my imagination run riot! Read more
Published on 19 Feb 2012 by Tia Gallacher
4.0 out of 5 stars Some good ideas!
This book looks beautiful on a shelf or bookcase. Has some really nice ideas on how to display your pictures, wall art and other household accessories. Well worth a buy.
Published on 1 Feb 2012 by Edel K
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring and repetitive
I bought this book thinking I'd find lots of ideas but I didn't. There are horns in lots of pictures, what's with that? Read more
Published on 24 Jan 2012 by MONTSE
5.0 out of 5 stars A very happy birthday present receiver
My son's fiance had wanted this book for a year and when I bought it for her she was over the moon. She is an interior designer and really valued all the information and help in... Read more
Published on 15 Nov 2011 by Ms. Amanda Faulkner
5.0 out of 5 stars Very inspiring.
I absolutely love this book. Couldn't quite see how you could have a book on how to hang things on your walls! But it is more than that - very creative and inspiring. Read more
Published on 19 Jun 2011 by Maggie
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book!
Ordered this book for my sister who's into interiors in a big way. Absolutely beautifully produced and inspirational book. I want to 'live' on every page of it!
Published on 21 May 2011 by abfab
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