Our pick of beauteous books for big-time inspiration…
Pastels are no longer for the under-seven set. This gorgeous book illustrates a more contemporary way to decorate with these edible shades, without the sugar rush. You’ll find a treasury of visual inspiration as well as style-savvy tips and advice. Pretty Pastel Style: Decorating Interiors With Pastel Shades by Selina Lake (Ryland Peters & Small), from R400, Kalahari.
Blogger-turned-style author Kelly Doust is the queen of vintage-DIY from Down Under. From fashion to kids and homeware, there is nothing she can’t turn out into something totally gorgeous. With several books under her hand-crafted belt, this quirky offering is aimed at even the most creatively challenged and has over 50 handmade and upcycled projects to add personalised charm to your space. The Crafty Minx: Creative Recyling and Handmade Treasures by Kelly Doust (Murdoch Books), R300, Kalahari.
Another craft blogger who secured a publishing deal, Sarah Goldschadt has based her delightful book on weekly themes like Dog Week, Robot Week, Rainbow Week, Flower Week, Ladybug Week and Bird Week. Most of the projects require beginners’ skills and basic materials, which means affordable, super-easy fun. Craft-a-Day: 365 Simple Handmade Projects (Quirk Books) by Sarah Goldschadt From R300, online from Kalahari.
It’s not new-new, but is certainly a goodie and is right on trend with the rise of the Urban Nomad look. Well-travelled stylist Sibella Court has created an epically gorgeous offering that is one third travel journal, one third style guide, and one third pure inspiration. Eclectic, exotic and evocative, you’ll find real-life interiors from across the globe as well as her advice on getting the look at home. Nomad (Murdoch Books) by Sibella Court. Snap it up quickly at the bargain price of R150 from Readers’ Warehouse
Are you a hopeless hoarder? Us too! Make the most of your stuff by following the author’s directions on creating eclectic table settings with mismatched junk shop finds, arranging your shelves into fabulous still lives, making a feature out of your storage, and tips on other decorative tricks such as tablescapes, vignettes and wall arrangements. No flat surface is safe! Creative Display: Inspiring Ideas To Make Every Surface Beautiful (Cico) by Geraldine James, R360 from Kalahari.
Aussie illustrator and designer Beci Orpin has a happy, quirky signature and magpie’s eye that makes us giddy with joy. Her two books are colourful delights filled with her personal take on style as well as crafty projects covering everything from upcycling and knitting to painting, t-shirts, collage-making, sewing and paint ideas. Find & Keep: 26 Projects To Spark Your Imagination R350; and Home: 25 Amazing Projects For Your Home (both Hardie Grant Books) R320, both from Kalahari.