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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Kyle Books (8 Dec 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857830627
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857830623
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 2.2 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Clare Nolan has worked within the lifestyle magazine industry for nearly 15 years as an interiors stylist and writer. She is currently the Lifestyle Editor of YOU magazine (Mail on Sunday) with a readership of over 5 million. Clare's work has also appeared in the Saturday Telegraph Magazine, the Sunday Times Magazine, Style and House & Garden. She has worked on a freelance basis as a consultant, trend forecaster and stylist for interiors trade exhibitions as well as UK high street stores such as Marks & Spencer, John Lewis and Ikea.

Clare lives between London and Oxfordshire, with her soon-to-be husband, Jonathan. She is a keen gardener and allotmenteer and loves to grow her own fruit, veg and cut flowers. In her blog, clarenolan.com, Clare shares her modern day homemaking tips - on gardening, flower arranging, decorating, styling and much more.

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'Clare Nolan's new book brings together her years of experience as a stylist and interiors renovator. Here, using her own home as a tried-and-tested example, she shows you how to turn those lust-list dreams into practical reality.' --Mail on Sunday's YOU Magazine

About the Author

Clare Nolan is the lifestyle editor of the Mail on Sunday's YOU magazine. She has been writing and styling for interiors magazines for nearly 15 years, during which time she has also renovated not only her own homes, but undertaken projects for clients in both private and commercial sectors. Clare's work has also appeared in both the Saturday Telegraph and Sunday Times magazines, as well as in numerous catalogues for clients such as Ikea, John Lewis and Marks & Spencer.

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116 of 117 people found the following review helpful By Third Time Lucky on 8 Dec 2011
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One of my grubbiest, guiltiest pleasures is 'You' magazine, which comes free with [shameface] the 'Mail on Sunday'. Even if you don't share my unhealthy interest in the shiny hair and vast wardrobes of minor celebrities, you'd have to agree that the visuals which accompany the magazine's articles are regularly gorgeous.

Over the last couple of weeks, 'You' has been serialising 'Making a House Your Home', the new book by its Lifestyle Editor, Clare Nolan. Although I loved the excerpts, I was hesitating over buying - it's Christmas, I'm skint, and I really don't need another interiors book, as you can see from my other reviews.

Then I discovered it was almost half price on Amazon, and I'd hit the lethal One-Click button before I knew it.

Very often, I'm disappointed with these media-led purchases; magazines invariably select the best pictures and content, so the actual book never lives up to the initial marketing hype. Surprisingly, 'Making a House Your Home' is even better than the extracts used in the press.

This book is very unusual in that it isn't about a famous interior designer's signature look, and doesn't only feature the homes of the plainly loaded. There's no encouragement to knock down walls, build ambitious new extensions, or call in professionals. As the title suggests, the emphasis is on styling: working with wallpapers and paints, furniture, fabrics and possessions to decorate, organise and personalise your own house.

Okay, there's no denying that most of the rooms photographed are big and airy, have proper architectural features, and contain a lot of expensive, lovely props.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lardeedar on 23 May 2012
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I'm always worried when I buy books like these thAt they'll be full of pictures of massive rooms (which I don't have), expensive antique furniture (which I don't have), or stupid suggestions that you spend more time or money on your home than you actually have. Luckily this book did not disappoint; it does have SOME photos of rooms and furniture which I'm sure the majority of the population don't enjoy but there's not too many. As the title states, it really is about how to make YOUR house a better home. I personally really enjoy this book, it makes me focus more on the little things that are more achievable. I dip into it every now and again and it fills me with fresh heart and my house normally looks a little better the following day thanks to whatever improvement the book has inspired me to make. And it has a ribbon. What more could a person want.
Only reason it's not getting 5* is because there are a fair few pages which have what in my opinion is quite boring/obvious advice and I'd have rathered it been filled with more inspirational photos or more handy tips from the author!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Eimear C on 6 Feb 2012
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Fantastic book! As someone who is not naturally talented when it comes to design this book is great full of ideas and beautifully presented.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Megan Jones on 16 Jan 2012
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Brought this for my daughter, but found myself hooked to the book. Lovley phots's, great ideas, and certainly something that inspires you to put into practice. Lots of guidance and tips, If you love your home, your love this book.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Culture Enthusiast TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 Jan 2012
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I bought this book after reading the reviews on Amazon. This book is great. Full of practical advice, it is not a coffee table but a book that will help you creating and personalising your home. Love it and highly recommend it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kate on 11 Jun 2012
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I have already bought at least 10 different books that promised the same as Clare Noland's book but none of them was so great. you get great ideas, lovely pictures (that have not been reprinted from somewhere else), practical advice concerning so many different things that I was totally amazed. Can look through the book and reread it for hours. A very good buy, perfect for a present as well, as it is not just about one particular style. she suggests different ways, patters etc. Simply love it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spider on 16 Oct 2013
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When buying books like this I usually borrow them from the library first to see if they are as good as I hope they are. This book is brilliant - it is not condescending, that is it doesn't assume we all live in palatial homes, enormous loft apartments (how do people heat those?) or grand estates and it doesn't assume that you have a massive fortune to play with. It gives sensible ideas that most of us can aspire to and can tweak to fit our own humble abodes. Also there are handy hints - getting rid of dents in carpets, getting rid of smells, etc. There are loads of pictures, one reviewer thought they were too much, but I loved it. It also realises that people live in their houses and doesn't show acres of gleaming white floorboards, have their owners learned to levitate?, there are never any scuff marks or kitchens the size of a small country minus any appliances - it is a "lived in book" and I would recommend it to anyone who needs a bit of help to get their home just right.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Spongy on 26 April 2012
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Love this book, great ideas for display and interiors. Superb photography. Enables me to indulge in my love of interiors.
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