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A Home For All Seasons - Kirstin Perers

Southern Publishers

The key to turning a house into a home doesn’t depend on the size of your budget; it comes down to small touches and simple techniques that work.

In A Home For All Seasons, American born fashion designer and home and lifestyle guru Kristin Perers, takes her experience in the fashion industry, working for Calvin Klein, Banana Republic, and Giorgio Armani, and offers seasonal solutions for personalising homes.

While on the surface the theme may seem far from unique, dig a little deeper and the easy to follow inexpensive ideas on offer are likely to appeal.

Using everyday materials, affordable items and quirky accessories many of us will already have at home, the book serves as a source of creativity encouraging readers to be original not outrageous in how they style their homes.

The four seasons are served up as early inspiration. Everyday wonders such as autumn leaves, spring flowers and seaside finds are explored and reinvented into items to adorn homes.

In ‘Creations’ the theme is homemade and the results, surprisingly good. Whether you choose to make a throw to keep warm, decorate an old lamp for light, get stylish with a stencil or sew a cushion cover there is plenty of inspiration.

Big on casual comfort and the luxury of low key living, Kristin Perers’s A Home For all Seasons offers simple touches and timeless techniques that won’t break the budget.

How to be Comfy - Shannon Lush

Allen and Unwin

The art of turning a house into a home begins with simple steps and evolves over time with personal preferences.

In How to be Comfy, Australian authors Shannon Lush and Jennifer Fleming provide a practical guide on turning a comfortable house into a dream home.

On first appearance this book appears to be like many other guides on home and living, but delve a little deeper and what you will discover is a quirky catalogue of tips, techniques and savvy solutions for every room in the house, from the entrance to the back door.

While the information that it provides is worthy of attention, the lack of colour diagrams and photography let its presentation down.

Well known as Australia’s queen of clean Shannon Lush blends her love of domestic duties with Jennifer Fleming’s skill for creating cosy spaces and advice on selecting household goods and together they create a clever hands on guide for housekeeping.

Individual chapters cover specific rooms in a house from living space to bedroom quarters, bathrooms, toilet, laundry, outdoor spaces, travel, first aid, food and oddments.

Topics and tips are many and varied and include, making candles, how to change a washer in a toilet cistern, select and store fresh vegetables and fruit, tips on mending and altering clothing making your own carpet cleaner and how to fix a fridge seal.

Quirky and clever, How to Be Comfy is a practical and purposeful guide to house hold hints and time techniques to transforming a house into a home.

Living - Janne Faulkner, Harley Anstee and Sonia Simpfendorfer

Allen and Unwin

Planning, preparation and design are key to a house being transformed into a home. One of Australia’s foremost interior design consultancies, Nexus Design shares insights and practical advice in their book, Living.

From its early beginnings in 1965 to today, the essence of Nexus Design has centred on freshness, innovation and simplicity.

Living illustrates their philosophy of designing and planning contemporary interior spaces: keep it simple, use natural materials, work with the landscape, mix the old with the new and provide an element of surprise.

Living takes you behind the scenes of their design studio - into the decisions, dramas and delights of their practice. The lavish photographs of Nexus interiors are accompanied by the stories of how these particular solutions evolved. Be inspired.

'A good designer listens to and learns from their client so they can interpret their brief in the best possible way. A great designer takes all of the client's needs on board and inspires them with a design the client could only dream of.' Since 1967 the Nexus Design's practice has been bound together by a shared philosophy and a passion for design. Living illustrates their philosophy of designing and planning contemporary interior spaces: keep it simple, use natural materials, work with the landscape, mix the old with the new and provide an element of surprise. Living takes you behind the scenes of their design studio - into the decisions, dramas and delights of their practice. The lavish photographs of Nexus interiors are accompanied by the stories of how these particular solutions evolved. Be inspired.

Janne Faulkner, Harley Anstee and Sonia Simpfendorfer are partners in Nexus Designs, one of Australia's most highly regarded interior design practices. Janne was appointed Member of the Order of Australia for services to the arts and design in 1988. Harley's unparalleled knowledge of contemporary furniture and distinctive use of colour are widely recognised. Sonia's interior planning skills and commitment to the principles of good design ensure the continuation of the philosophy of Nexus Designs into the future.

Janne Faulkner is the founder of Nexus Design, one of Australia's foremost interior design consultancies. She is regarded as one of the most talented designers in the country. Together with Harley Anstee, she has worked on many public and private buildings throughout Australia. This book represents the distillation of nearly thirty years experience in the design business. In 1982 Janne was appointed a member of the Order of Australia for her services to the arts as a designer. She lives in Melbourne.

A highly visual book with lavish designs that beautifully illustrate the best of contemporary Australian interior design.

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