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    • ISBN:9781840916935
    • Publication date:03 Sep 2015

Absolutely Beautiful Things

Decorating inspiration for a bright and colourful life

By Anna Spiro

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  • £25.00

In tune with the current trend for hot colours and strong patterns, Anna Spiro shows how mixing (colours, patterns, old and new, quirky and traditional) rather than matching is the key to an interesting home.

In Absolutely Beautiful Things, successful designer Anna Spiro shows you how to create an interior that's just right for you. To her, it's all about the mix, not the match, and, with her help, you'll find beauty in unexpected places. She'll give you the confidence to put together a layered and very individual home using elements you love, and make you see your old belongings in a new light.

As well as lavish photographs of rooms Anna has created, she shares many of her secrets from a life in decorating, gives practical details on how to work with pattern and colour, and provides a room-by-room guide to furniture choice. 'I always endeavour to create happy, interesting, layered and uplifting spaces. That means mixing everything: colour and pattern, old and new, square and round, quirky and conservative. It's the imperfections and surprises that make a space interesting'.

Biographical Notes

Anna Spiro is a Brisbane-based interior designer with a passion for vibrant colour. In addition to running her renowned interior design practice and shop, Black & Spiro, Anna is the author of an internationally acclaimed blog, Absolutely Beautiful Things. She has a flair for layering fabrics and textiles with antiques and special one-off pieces to create a diverse and inspiring space full of individual charm.

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  • ISBN: 9781840917741
  • Publication date: 01 Sep 2017
  • Page count: 224
  • Imprint: Conran
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