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Katherine Sorrell is a former associate editor of Homes & Gardens magazine. An experienced interiors and lifestyle writer, she contributes regularly to a range of leading magazines and newspapers, and is the author of numerous books, including The Vintage Modern Home, The Art of Display and The Essential Guide to Craft. She lives in Cornwall with her family.
The latest in the BBC’s skills series, we’ve had cooking and sewing, now it’s the turn of Interior Design. The 12-part series sees 24 amateurs competing, working on houses and flats in many different styles from Georgian to Modern, they’re presented with a range of design tasks. The book uses the design examples from the series to give a complete guide to redesigning a home besides giving much practical advice on materials and techniques. Working as series companion and a stand-alone DIY guide to giving your home a new look this is a useful book, full of good ideas from the series participants, good design achieved without a huge budget. Like for Like Reading.. Choosing Colours, Kevin McCloud Castles in the Air: The Restoration Adventures of Two Young Optimists and a Crumbling Old Mansion, Judy Corbett
As the author, Kate Sorrell, is a former associate editor of Homes & Gardens magazine this practical, no-nonsense guide really is ‘straight from the horse's mouth’. Covering the home, garden, workplace and beyond half the fun of this guide is simply to open a page and see where you find yourself - you are practically guaranteed to find out some new useful nugget. Save time, money and re-discover lost skills. I’ve not been able to see a copy of 10,000 Tips in advance so can only advise that the author is a former editor of Homes and Gardens magazine so presumably knows her stuff. The book covers advice on improving life at home, at work, at play and how to cope with sudden problems of anything from health to dicky plumbing - all this packed into 416 pages. Very interesting to compare this to Mrs Beeton which I’ve recommended as a Like for Like read, the changes in household management are both illuminating and a great comment on our changing lives. Like for Like ReadingThe Art of Good Housekeeping, Good HousekeepingMrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management, Isabella Beeton
Retro is back - if it ever went away - and more and more of us are finding inspiration in the homes of the twentieth century. Whether your preferred style is elegant Art Deco, streamlined mid-century modern or the chrome-laden decor of the classic American diner, Retro Home shows you how to re-create the look you love without having to break the bank or spend days scavenging junk shops and attics. Interiors expert Katherine Sorrell surveys the highly polished and lacquered glamour that characterized the homes of the 1920s and '30s, the bright colours and Scandinavian sleek of the '50s, and the funky plastic furnishings of the '60s and early '70s. She explains how to select a style that works for you; explores iconic designs that are crucial to getting the right look; and presents over 20 case studies of stunning retro rooms in contemporary homes. Whichever room you're decorating, in whichever style, Retro Home guides you through the colour schemes, furniture (whether vintage or reproduction), soft furnishings and accessories that will create an authentic, individual interior.