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Home Is Where The Heart, Not The Designer Lightstand, Is,
This review is from: Home is Where the Heart is? (Hardcover)
Once again, I find myself thinking of doing something to the inside of my house, and once again I turn to Ilse Crawford's book for.. Ideas? Inspiration? I bought it when I was trying to re-decorate, and was stuck in a beige-y, paint-catalogue-match-y look which I just felt was wrong. I couldn't see what was right, and was looking for anything that would shake me out of the rut. This book did it.
Re-reading it reminds me that the interior decoration, contents and style of where I live should make me feel comfortable, secure and revived. I'm decorating for me, not for the next person who is going to live here. If you've looked at houses or flats for sale recently, you will have seen the endless wash of beige that passes for mainstream interior decoration. Horrible. Read this book and you won't do that to yourself.
Ms Crawford used to edit an interiors magazine, and prefers places that look messy and human to the picture-perfect designer homes her magazine used to feature. Having said which, there's a fair amount of white walls, bare floors and empty space in the photographs, but also a lot of colour, cushions, decoration and toys. She wants us to have homes that makes us feel comfortable, not that a buyer will find blandly acceptable. Some of the content is trendy of-the-mid-Oughties twaddle (a reference to electro-magentic fields as harmful or to "saving" water in domestic use - Ms Crawford forgot her school physics) which I just ignore, because the rest of it makes me remember that a house is more than just a "machine a vivre", but a place that should be warm, reassuring and comfortable.
The book is an art-object in itself - I have the red faux-satin cover version - and is beautifully printed and laid out. I bought it for the same reason I buy all my books, because on most of the pages I flicked to, I found something that made me think. If you want a sensible book about designing kitchens and living rooms, this isn't it. If you want something that makes you think again about how you use your house, this is it. Combine this with some feng shui and you're off to a whole new-age life.