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Simply Scandinavian
Simply Scandinavian
by Sara Norrman
Edition: Hardcover

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply wonderful, 19 Mar. 2011
This review is from: Simply Scandinavian (Hardcover)
This is a wonderful book for anyone who loves the Scandinavian design aesthetic. It has four main sections, breaking down the styles into elegant simplicity, vintage-inspired, pared-down modern and contemporary rustic. Although the homes in each section are very different from each other, the book is cohesive and certain elements defining Scandinavian style run through all the interiors featured.

This is not a how-to book in that it doesn't provide tips on achieving the look but it features beautiful images that are simply inspiring. The book makes you want to bring some of those light, bright, calm, functional and unpretentious elements of Scandinavian interiors into your own home.

Decorate: 1000 Professional Design Ideas for Every Room in the House
Decorate: 1000 Professional Design Ideas for Every Room in the House
by Holly Becker
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.40

47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Briliant!, 19 Mar. 2011
I am very excited to finally own this long awaited gem of a decorating book.

My first impression was that this is a book of substance; at 288 pages it is not one that can be looked through in one afternoon. The quality of the cover and pages is high and I was particularly impressed by the many beautiful quoted by leading designers and stylists that run though the book. Photographer Debi Treloar has once again captured beautiful spaces in an effortless way - she understands how to maximise light and bring out the essence of interiors.

The book is perfect for people who are starting off with a blank canvas or those simply wanting to update their space. It is a reference book and you simply won't be able to read through it without coming away with lots of ideas, big or small to execute in your own home. Decorate is filled with advice from leading design experts around the world yet it has a very approachable tone thanks to the wonderful writing style of Holly Becker and Joanna Copestick.

The book is broken down into four sections:
1) Space Matters - a planning section that encourages you to take stock of what you have and what you assess your design needs to be. It has useful tips and illustrates points clearly through case studies. Floor plans are used throughout the book to illustrate furniture placements.
2) Setting your Style - this section encourages to find your unique style. It talks about where to find inspiration. I particularly love the section on creating mood boards. It is not only visually beautiful but very helpful to anyone wanting to create their own. This section then goes into various design styles (simple, natural, modern, flea market, colourful, floral, eclectic, modern glamour). Each style is illustrated by a home that represents that style as well as 10 guidelines/tips to achieve that look and feel.
3) Room by Room - this is a very practical section in that it has lots of very useful tips in planning each room of the house. Kitchen design, furniture selection and placement, storage solutions and creating functional work spaces are only a few of the topics covered in great detail.
4) Attention to Detail - this final section talks about the finishing touches and home accessories that make all the difference.

What makes this book stand out from so many of the interior books I own is that it doesn't simply show beautiful interiors that seem unachievable to many, but guides you through the process of creating your own space that reflects who you are. It is filled to the brim with ideas and inspirations and doesn't follow one particular style or design aesthetic. This book will be one that I know I will refer to for years to come as it doesn't follow current trends but encourages an individual approach to decorating a home that is timeless and unique to you.

The Classic Adventures of Thomas & Friends: The Complete First Series [DVD]
The Classic Adventures of Thomas & Friends: The Complete First Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ringo Starr
Offered by Hatherley's
Price: £24.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Thomas the Tank Engine, 10 Dec. 2010
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Having previously only had a handful of Thomas the Tank Engine episodes purchased via iTunes, it has been great to have the original series available on DVD. The episodes are a hit with our 3 year old boy.

Some of the episodes available via iTunes are apparently the same stories, but the versions on this DVD appear to be more complete, containing some footage apparently removed from the US versions on iTunes; things such as slower scenes and animations. I also find the slightly slower and more friendly narration of Ringo Star a little better for the kids than George Carlin (although I admire the style of both). These episodes are also pre-PC; "Sir Topham Hat" is still "The Fat Controller" and so on. The episodes are also correctly ordered, which is important to children as many of the stories dove-tail into each other.

The one downside is that the actual video quality is slightly lower on a handful of episodes.

Overall, I am very happy with the DVD and will be expanding our collection with more from the same "classic collection" series.

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