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Keeping the Little Blighters Busy: 50 refreshingly different things to do with your kids before they're 12 3/4
Keeping the Little Blighters Busy: 50 refreshingly different things to do with your kids before they're 12 3/4
by Claire Potter
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best and most original of its kind., 19 July 2012
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What a brilliant and original book! I was feeling slightly nervous about the summer holidays looming...but now I can't wait! My copy arrived yesterday afternoon, and I've now completely devoured it - my children love it too, and have been suggesting their favourite ideas to me all day!


Cabbages & Roses At Home with Country: Bringing the comforts of country home
Cabbages & Roses At Home with Country: Bringing the comforts of country home
by Christina Strutt
Edition: Hardcover

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Country Style book review, 18 Aug 2010
Christina Strutt, founder of Cabbages and Rose, was, once upon a time, assistant Vogue Living editor. She certainly knows what's what when it comes to styling.

Her fifth book, At Home With Country: Bringing the Comforts of Country Home arrived this morning and I am simply bursting to share it with you!

One of the aims of the book is to show that the Cabbages and Roses style needn't be reserved for the classic traditional country home but can be applied, with thought, to enhance almost any look. However, it's the Modern Country Style pictures that most draw me in.
Each chapter (Classic Country,Modern Country, Island Country and outdoor Country) contains homes that Christina has styled using her Cabbages and Roses magic. Totally gorgeous without exception.

The Modern Country chapter is, of course, especially totally gorgeous but all the sections contain stunning styling that gets you into Christina's mindset: these are fabrics that can add beauty to any setting.


French General: 30 Projects for Every Room in the House
French General: 30 Projects for Every Room in the House
by Kaari Meng
Edition: Spiral-bound
Price: £15.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Country Style review, 11 Aug 2010
Home Sewn is a craft book but has lovely interiors too. It's by a shop of the same name (French General) in America who sell French-inspired interior fabulousness. The book has lots of great and quite original ideas. Original, not necessarily in terms of the basic premise, but in the choice of material, the intended use, or a twist in its make-up. For example, a roman blind (the standard part) is made from coarse hessian, designed to look like an antique flour-sack (the twist).

I've not yet made anything from the book so can't comment on the efficiency, or otherwise, of the patterns. They do come in a sweet little envelope in the book to save cutting them out laboriously.

The book is superbly presented and pure joy to look through. Plenty to keep me busy!

Read more at my Modern Country Style blog.


Old House New Home: Stylish Modern Living in a Period Setting
Old House New Home: Stylish Modern Living in a Period Setting
by Ros Byam Shaw
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Country Style review, 11 Aug 2010
I love Ros Byam Shaw. Her writing is always readable, relevant and inspiring. This particular book claims to help you 'show off the best features of a home built for another age, while adapting it for modern living'.

The book is for the coffee table so consequently has lovely large pictures. Perfect for showing up details in the many gorgeous homes featured.

It is divided into five sections: Period Piece, Urban Chic, Rustic, Recycled Spaces and Country House. Each of these has between four and six houses featured, as well as features on 'Furniture and Lighting' and 'Fabric and Finishing Touches'. All features are excellent.

The areas picked out cover all aspects of Modern Country excellently - from the traditional cottage through to converted warehouses and penthouse luxury.

It is reeeeeally lovely but doesn't quite reach the exalted spot for me. Some of the houses featured are too grand to get any real inspiration from (antique kitchen, anybody?). Drooling, though?.....Oh yes!

Read more at my blog, Modern Country Style ([...])


The Home Style Sourcebook
The Home Style Sourcebook
by Ros Byam Shaw
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Country Style review, 11 Aug 2010
This book inspired my blog, Modern Country Style ([...] The Home Style Sourcebook is one of a million excellent books by Ryland, Peters and Small publishing. It's written by a collaboration of Leslie Geddes-Brown, Katherine Sorrell and Judith Wilson, who have all written other great interior design books in their own right. This was the first book I saw that put a name, Modern Country Style, to the look I knew I loved.

The book is divided into two main sections. The first examines a variety of different styles: Contemporary (Sleek, Mellow Modern, Scandinavian and Contemporary Modern), Country (Traditional Country and yummy Modern Country) and Period Styles (Classic Period Style and Vintage and Retro). It's not only the Modern Country section that's utterly gorgeous. All the pictures are drool-worthy, and there's some especially good ones in the Mellow Modern, Traditional Country and Vintage and Retro chapters.

The second part looks at how to apply these styles to individual rooms, with general application and a case study for each style.The fantastic thing about this book is that it has superb pages on Modern Country Style but lots of aspects of the other sections could also be adapted. Home Style Sourcebook helps to narrow down specific styles so that you don't end up with a hotch-potch of different looks but, instead, have harmonious continuity throughout your home.This book has to be one of my absolute best, a continual reference, as well as eye-candy.

Definitely full marks from me.


Comfortable Country
Comfortable Country
by Enrica Stabile
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Country Style review, 11 Aug 2010
This review is from: Comfortable Country (Paperback)
Taken from my blog, Modern Coountry Style ([...]

Comfortable Country veers much more towards the Traditional Country side, rather than my favoured Modern Country Style. By that, I mean the rooms presented are more busy, patterned and full of knick-knacks and ornaments than those that I naturally lean towards.There is less of an emphasis on texture and quality, and more on chintz and swirls. That's not to say that some people wouldn't rightly love this style but it doesn't ring my bells.

A quote from the book is quite telling. 'Recapture the unassuming style of a contented era not so long ago..." Traditional style is more about looking back to the 'contented' past (although, life for a country cottage worker would have been anything but contented...) and Modern Country Style is more about taking the very best from the past and moving it forward, if that makes sense. Having said that, there are some lovely photos in Comfortable Country.

The garden section, especially, is beautiful.

The content of the book is divided into two parts, Country Influences (changing seasons, peacefulness, nostalgia, utility and natural materials) and Country Rooms. I love the utility and natural materials sections. There's plenty of inspiration.

The writing is lovely and really draws you into the heart of the book, which is about creating the feel of comfort and relaxation within a country setting and that is where Traditional and Modern Country Style's paths DO cross.

Overall, Comfortable Country is a nice book to have. Not so much for the pictures, although the are plenty of gorgeous images, but for the text, which has a good mix of practical suggestions and dreamy and evocative inspiration.


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