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Kirstie Allsopp
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Book Description

14 Oct 2010

'This book is packed with achievable ways to transform your house into a home that reflects you and the things you value, plus lots of gorgeous craft projects to try yourself. Welcome to my world.'

Kirstie Allsopp

Be inspired to create a home that reflects you and the things that you love with the help of Kirstie's Homemade Home.

Nothing compares with the pleasure and satisfaction of making something yourself and Kirstie shows just how easy it can be. Drawing on the advice and enthusiasm of a host of craft experts, Kirstie shows how to personalise your home and create your own gifts with simple and practical step-by-step projects. From stencilling wallpaper and sewing your own cushions and quilts, to making candles and soap and icing a cake, Kirstie's Homemade Home includes everything you need to get to get you started.

Packed with advice on how to find a style that reflects you as well as Kirstie's own little black book of shops and websites that have helped her to transform her own home, Kirstie's Homemade Home is for everyone who loves car boot sales and antiques and values the art of the homemade.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; First Edition edition (14 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444704087
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444704082
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 19.3 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kirstie Allsopp is the star of Channel 4's Kirstie's Homemade Home and the co-presenter, with Phil Spencer, of Location, Location, Location and Relocation, Relocation. She got her first job with interior decorator Nikki Haslam, worked for Country Living magazine before setting up a property buying business with a friend. Kirstie lives in Devon and West London with her partner Ben Anderson and their two sons and two stepsons.

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Do you aspire to live in a cosy home full of cute vintage finds as well as your own crafted efforts? You've just found your bible . . . Admirers of the mismatched, homemade look will find this book hugely inspiring (Heat)

Great for homeowners who want to add personalised and handmade finishing touches to their home without spending a fortune (Real Homes magazine)

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The beautiful, practical and inspirational book to accompany Kirstie Allsopp's hugely popular Channel 4 series.

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239 of 245 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Depends what you are looking for..... 3 Nov 2010
It really does depend on what you are looking for in a book with this title as to whether or not you will like it. It is a beautiful book and worth the Amazon price but not the retail one. However, it really is not a 'homemade home' that we are looking at. The book is filled with lovely pictures of crafted things that professionals have made, not Kirsty! From time to time Kirsty is pictured holding an item while looking nervously at it. It is not a projects book and although you will see some lovely things scattered throughout the book - you will not be shown how to make them and usually they don't even get a mention as to what they are, how they are made etc. The projects that have been included are pretty dull. Crochet is an exciting colourful medium but you get shown some dull little containers here, which is not at all reflective of what you can find if you look in other places. It's not an aspirational book if you want to make things for yourself. If you want to pay someone to make them for you, then maybe you will enjoy this more. If you have a particular interest then you are better off getting a book that both serves as a visual feast but will enable you to get started on making something really special. If quilts are your thing then try 'Material obsessions' - this gives information about how to make ALL the quilts you see. Otherwise prepare to have this book maybe whet your appetite a little but ultimately leave you starving. This book has more style than substance - a point illustrated by a dining table looking wonderful but with a rug as its covering rather than a cloth. Most people could not accommodate that look in their house - besides it doesn't tell you how to make it. It won't harm to add this book to your collection if you want a pretty coffee table book but if you seriously want to get started on a craft there are many better books and many resources online to help you.
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105 of 112 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kirsty shares her secrets.......... 15 Oct 2010
This isn't a purely a project book. It's a book about Kirstie's style and how she goes about achieving it. It's a very pretty book and full of inspiration and ideas. There aren't any specifically Christmas makes in the book - I hope this is because Kirsty intends to bring out more books in future years. I can understand the choice to bring out something more generic - homemade HOME - for the first book and (hopefully!) specialise subsequently.

The book is in 3 sections:

Part 1: Room by Room - includes sections on The Kitchen, The Sitting Room, Bedrooms, Bathrooms, Children's Corner, and Garden and Entertaining. Each of the sections is broken down further to provide guidance on some main elements in that room; The Kitchen for example includes Storage, Worktops and Surfaces, Cookers, Displays and Dressers, Tables and Chairs, and Crocks and Pots. Kirsty goes through the house, room by room, telling you how she achieves her style. She is full of hints about how to achieve things cheaply (second hand, auctions etc). These sections are a wealth of information. Kirsty has a very nice writing style - non-preachy and very friendly, although her commonsense approach does shine through.

Part 2: Getting Stuck In - this is the crafty section. Broken down into further sections, it includes: All Sewn Up, Beautiful Things, Child's Play, Ligh Fantastic, Upholstery, Crafts to Take your Time over, Best of the Rest. Many of these crafts are recognisable from Kirsty's Homemade Home series. The Best of the Rest section includes those crafts that you can't do at home (unless you're already one of these crafts people!): Blacksmithing, Glassblowing, Pottery, Spinning and Weaving, Stained Glass, and Willow-working.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good , but there are print issues 23 Dec 2010
By Dave
Just bought this book for the wife for christmas. I was just flicking through it before i wrapped it up and noticed on two of the pages (104 and 112) that the print was all blurred. I have contacted the publishers and am awaiting a reply. There is a fair chance that most copies will be affected.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book but a little disappointed! 25 Nov 2010
This book is great, with some brilliant ideas for interior design. It all also contains some beautiful photography, however I was a little disappointed I was expecting more patterns and craft projects. The projects that are in the book are very good, I am looking forward to making a rag rug. There definitely aren't enough projects in this book to completely redesign your home. It would make a nice gift for someone with an interest in craft though, my Mother in law has already asked for a copy for her Christmas present.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what i thought it was. 30 Oct 2010
I pre-ordered this book and was really looking forward to its release as i absolutely loved the christmas series,i really thought there would be more on the christmas crafts especially the christmas stocking,it is a nice book to read but would have liked more craft items,if i had a chance to see the book first i dont think i would have bought it,i probably should not have assumed this was going to be more of a project book,just thought it would reflect the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Handmade with Style 26 Jan 2011
By Martine
Now I should say before we start that I really am a bit of a Kirstie fan. She is a woman after my own heart. Aside from the fact that she is 'just a little bit posh', she clearly enjoys the good things in life (that is to say, cake, craft and shoes!) This book is the product of her recent Channel 4 series 'Kirstie's Homemade Home' in which she draws on the advice of numerous craft experts to create unique, handmade items for her charming Devon home.

Before I delve into the content of this book I should say that it just looks and feels gorgeous. It is a chunky hardback containing 223 pages of beautifully styled, creative inspiration, printed on thick, matte paper. It literally oozes good, old fashioned British style. The pages are well laid out and contain numerous stunning photographs, many of Kirstie's own home.

The book is divided into 3 parts.

Part 1, Room by Room, is all about inspiring the reader. Kirstie takes you through her house, room by room, and offers ideas and suggestions to help you achieve her beautiful style (think: vintage, shabby chic, handmade and just a little bit kitsch. Cath Kidston meets Martha Stewart in Liberty's). This part is well organised and packed with information. For example, the bedroom section includes ideas about beds and quilts, mattresses, bedroom rugs, walls, pictures and plates, layout and storage and curtains and cushions. Kirstie encourages readers to scour second hand shops and go to auctions to achieve the homemade home style on a budget.

Part 2 is called Getting Stuck In - the crafty bit, hurrah! There are lots of lovely projects to attempt.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good tips
Like this book very much, gives you great tips and advice, loved her programme as well. Thank you very much.
Published 3 days ago by Tara Pettersen
5.0 out of 5 stars I just love all her activities
KIRSTIE ALLSOPP is a very intelligent lady and I love all her programmes. Her books and DVD's are informative as well as helpful.
Published 2 months ago by Jane oliver
3.0 out of 5 stars Book
I bought this for a gift that my sons girlfriend wanted, I think she liked it. What more can I say..................
Published 3 months ago by gillian nash
5.0 out of 5 stars Homemade home
What's not to love about Kirstie's homemade home - lots of things to make and do. Again a present and the recipient will have many happy hours ahead.
Published 3 months ago by Fi C Gee
5.0 out of 5 stars great really complements the tv series.
A nice easy to understand book Kirstie at her best.. love rhe book just what I needed to think about my house :-)
Published 5 months ago by Steve Champ
5.0 out of 5 stars My Wife likes everything "Kirsty". this book was an obvious choice of gift, She loves it - there are some really good ideas and suggestions in this book. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Goodsie
5.0 out of 5 stars really good book
I wanted to re upholsterer a drop in seat and the book was just perfect for me. it told me exactly what i needed. there are also some other good ideas in it too.
Published 7 months ago by Miss Caroline Brown
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Was so disappointed in this book, I enjoyed her series on tv so couldn't wait to get the book for Xmas but it wasn't interesting, I was deflated!
Published 8 months ago by mrs D HINGLEY
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the same
If you life the programme do not purchase the book. It just doesnt have hardly anything in it for you to craft like her at home. Read more
Published 8 months ago by zoe
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheers Kirstie!
Another great book from Kirstie, great content , well written and a joy to read! Read it in a day, couldn't put it down till I finished it!
Published 10 months ago by Alison Leary
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