Homespun Style Hardcover – 8 Mar 2012
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About the Author
Selina Lake is a freelance interiors stylist. Her work regularly appears in home and lifestyle magazines including Marie Claire and Real Homes. Selina's earlier books Bazaar Style and Romantic Style are both published by Ryland Peters & Small.
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To be inspired !
Personally the most useful styling books do not distract me with grand scale rooms, rare architectural features and all that.
What I want from an Interior styling book is achievable illustrations of rather normal rooms brought to life with a unique style that can be made to suit my everyday life.
'Homespun Style' to me seems personal.
I have LOTS of Interior books and I really get a buzz from looking at them but Homespun Style is my taste in one. It is a collection of colours, patterns and styling that suits me down to the ground.
I feel cross that people want to write about the Author and feel the need to slate her and her books. It's not helpful.
If Miss Lake and her books are not to your individual taste, that's OK. But please go to a book shop, find the Interiors section and look for an author and their books that you do like and buy them.
This is not a 'How to make' book or I believe Miss Lake or Ryland, Peter & small would have seen fit to add to the title.
I wish to thank Miss Lake for putting this book together. I love looking at it and it's been a wonderful source of inspiration for me, my business and my family home. You can't please everyone but i'm one happy bunny x
The beautifully styled and photographed homes, do not feel unattainable, they show just what can be achieved with a few considered touches. Selina helps us by clearly defining a look, the way that fashion stylists would for magazines shoots, their choices, their expert eye, helping to show us what works together and inspire our own individual choices.
Homespun has been divided into 3 sections:
Elements: covers modern craft, colour & pattern, customising & recycling
Details: covers textiles, furniture & lighting, and display
Spaces: showcases looks within relaxed living, cooking & eating, sleeping & bathing,children's rooms, creative & outdoor spaces
We get to take a look at rooms within some truly beautiful homes, all brimming with individuality and design ideas to inspire. With photographs taken by Debi Treloar, that are full of soulful colour combined with Selina's attention to all important little details, the result is a book showcasing a style of decor that feels full of light, colour, the lovingly handmade and a freedom of expression that uplifts the heart.
Decorating is always a balance, not least so when dealing with the repurposing of vintage pieces and adding such an eclectic mix into one home. Its all too easy to lose identity, instead of enhancing personality.Read more ›
Selina Lake's interiors are self-confessedly "feminine"; personally I find them too fussy and unfocused. But that isn't why I've given it only 3 stars. Here we have a funky, cluttered, jazzily colourful style, which is enlivened by a few hand-crafted objects; just a slightly different slant on a dozen other recent interiors publications, but quite honestly if you swapped all the covers over, you could bet me a fiver and I wouldn't be able to tell you which was which!
Several of the interiors featured do focus on rooms set up with all the quaint and ditzy paraphernalia of modern "crafting". They are so exquisitely neat and picturesque; am I alone in seeing the hand of the interior designer pandering to a rich client, rather than the genuine clutter of a busy, messy hobbyist? If you are keen enough on the home-made hobby to have a whole room devoted to it, then you might, like me, find this book frustrating. Because the author seems to assume you'll be buying all them home-crafted objects, m'dears. The text has the usual platitudes about re-using, up-cycling and so on, but the advice runs along the lines of "be creative" (wow!) "anything can look wonderful" (helpful) and in big letters, my favourite, "BUYING OBJECTS FOR DISPLAY IS A JOY", which does rather give the game away. If you are suffering from a failure of inspiration on the buying front, the "sources" section at the back lists all sorts of places you can buy things other people have made.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful ideas for home decor. A shame ALL examples are Scandinavian.Published 15 months ago by Miss Carys E Jones
Love this book gorgeous pictures for styling your home have browsed through it lots of timesPublished 16 months ago by Angelica
Fantastic book for ideas for all rooms in the home, a book I repeatedly look to , gorgeous full page pictures and good size book.Reccomended!Published 20 months ago by Francesca Janczykowski
I Love this book! It is almost brand new. Wonderfull for my collection. I cant wait to read it all.Published on 10 Feb. 2014 by Maria da Paz
A really lovely book full of colour, & really great spaces. Fab to sit down if you get a quiet moment to enjoy a cuppa & a perusePublished on 4 Jun. 2013 by Doodler
fabulous photographs and the usual inspirational writing we've learned to expect from Selina, only criticism; very similar to her other book - bazaar style.Published on 7 Mar. 2013 by monika
I love Selina and the books she styles and produces. Really lovely and styled so sweetly. I particularly love this book because there are homes I've not seen all over blogs and... Read morePublished on 24 Dec. 2012 by Holly Becker