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Absolutely Beautiful Things

By Anna Spiro
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Anna Spiro
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'.
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  • Be a Flamingo

    By Sarah Ford
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    Sarah Ford
    Flamingo is that one friend who always brightens a room as soon as he walks in. He is always the first on the dancefloor and the very last to stop boogying. He has never tried to dress like a Parisian, never followed advice on what not to wear, and certainly has never tried to tone down his natural pinkness; he knows he is perfect just the way he is. And even when life throws Flamingo a curveball, he is always ready to embrace the unknown and jump straight in.A gorgeous little gift book of motivational sayings and hilarious axioms, Be a Flamingo is a perfect pink pick-me-up gift for a friend who needs a confidence boost, or great as an impulse self-purchase when you feel you need to start tooting your own horn a little louder. Because we could all do worse than taking a leaf out of Flamingo's book.
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    The Upholsterer's Handbook

    By Nicole Fulton, Stuart Weston
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    Nicole Fulton, Stuart Weston
    In eye-capturing style The Upholsterer's Handbook offers everything you need and more, in order to prepare and inspire you to create beautifully upholstered furniture. The upholstered pieces range in skill level from simple seats to more complex items such as a button-back chair. Various styles of furniture are covered, from classic and elegant to other more styled and designer pieces.The Upholsterer's Handbook opens with sections on sourcing furniture, tools and materials, and choosing fabrics - including finishes and trimmings, which are often the key to the success of a piece. With special photography throughout, basic techniques are illustrated step-by-step, from stripping back to top stuffing to making cushions. 18 stunning projects are featured with varying skill levels, covering such diverse items as a G-plan chair, a sofa, a '70s flower-shaped stool, dining chairs, and headboards. Throughout Nicole Fulton demonstrates techniques using linen, satin, velvet, leather, cowhide, and other fabrics that give the furniture a unique contemporary look.
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  • The Little Moomin Book of Positivity

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    The Little Book of Colouring For Mindfulness

    By Cynthia Emerlye
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    Cynthia Emerlye
    More than a fun way to pass the time, The Little Book of Colouring For Mindfulness features 100 intricate mandala patterns to help focus the mind and awaken creativity. Inspired by the natural world, Cynthia Emerlye's beautiful designs will provide hours of colouring enjoyment for artists of all ages and abilities, ideal as a gift or self-purchase. Perfectly portable in its uniquely compact size, this remarkable collection of aesthetically pleasing mandalas is an ideal way to incorporate colouring for mindfulness into your daily life.
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    Farrow & Ball How to Decorate

    By Joa Studholme, Charlotte Cosby
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    Joa Studholme, Charlotte Cosby
    Set to become the bible of home decoration, Farrow & Ball How to Decorate provides a highly practical and inspirational guide to the successful use of paint and paper in any home, large or small, urban or country.Published on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the iconic brand, the book brings together the expertise of Joa Studholme and the Farrow & Ball creative team to demystify the nitty-gritty of transforming a home - from deciding which colours work best in a north-facing room to creating accents with paint and making the most of a feature wall.
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  • A Thousand Paths to Love

    By David Baird
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    David Baird
    What is love? Books and songs, films and poems, roses, candy, even days have been dedicated to it, but what do we understand of love? What part does it play in our lives, and what is our part in love? Where do we find love and what forms might it take? How do we give love to others, or ourselves for that matter? Who, what and why do we love?There are as many answers to the questions about love as there are lovers to ask them. Love has ever delighted and perplexed, inspired and confounded. Here within these pages we visit love from every imaginable angle in an attempt to show how this has been, and ever will be, the one enduring obsession of humankind.
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  • A Thousand Paths to Happiness

    By David Baird
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    David Baird
    We are constantly told that being happy is the most important thing, as if it were the easiest thing to do in the world! In reality it can sometimes feel like we do not have time to be happy, or it can be difficult to find something to be happy about.Happiness is a state of mind that we must take control of for ourselves. We need to make a conscious decision to allow ourselves to be happy and find contentment in the little things, as well as the big events in our lives. The thoughts and quotations in these pages will allow you to appreciate and celebrate the good stuff, as well as help with the difficult times. With 1000 uplifting quotations to choose from and enjoy, you are guaranteed to feel happier.
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    Colour: The Professional's Guide

    By Karen Triedman
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    Karen Triedman
    Colour is one of the most complex elements of design and it is also what people respond to first on an emotional level, whether they are surveying a restaurant interior or browsing an online catalogue. An in-depth understanding of colour is one of the most important and useful assets available to a visual professional. Working successfully with colour in a global community involves understanding colour theory and psychology, as well as geographical and historical reference. This information is covered thoroughly, with clear and precise explanations and examples. Colour: The Professional's Guide is comprehensive, offering informative techniques, examples, inspiration and, above all, exemplary solutions to fit the designer's every need, whatever their discipline. Beautifully illustrated with over 300 colour images, this guide removes the grey areas from the full colour world of contemporary design, providing designers from all disciplines with everything they need to become true, confident colourists.
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  • A Thousand Paths to Mindfulness

    By Liz Dean
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    Liz Dean
    Mindfulness is about letting go of the stress around you and finding ways of being in the moment. The latest addition to the 'Thousand Paths' series provides inspiration and ways to keep you relaxed and focused in life to feel more fulfilled. The 'Thousand Paths' series aims to help readers learn how to achieve mindfulness by taking charge of their emotional well-being and taking the time to appreciate the little things, rather than just rushing around from A to B. This book of quotes will help you to slow down and refocus your mind, using the simple technique of mindfulness to feel better both mentally and physically.
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    Orla Kiely Home Journal

    By Orla Kiely
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    Orla Kiely
    Provides a beautifully illustrated organizer for any home owner to record their decorating and maintenance plans and projects and store key information on household administration. There are graph pages for plans and sketches, guided pages for notes on all aspects of maintaining and decorating a stylish, efficient home, address pages to record details of useful contacts and storage pockets for those all-important business cards, insurance documents, magazine cuttings, paint swatches and fabric samples. Illustrated throughout with Orla Kiely striking and much-loved illustrations and featuring real-cloth quarterbinding.
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  • House & Garden Fifties House

    By Catriona Gray
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    Catriona Gray
    The post-war consumer boom of the 1950s, coupled with a desire for new, innovative design resulted in one of the most exciting decades in the history of interiors - a visual revolution that was captured on the pages of British House & Garden.In Fifties House, mid-century modern enthusiast Catriona Gray has drawn on the magazine's peerless archive, curating the best illustrations and photographs to show how the use of colour, pattern, homewares and furniture evolved through the decade. The homes of key tastemakers are featured including Le Corbusier, Giò Ponti, Terence Conran and Hans and Florence Knoll. The first title in the new Decades of Design series, House & Garden Fifties House is required reading for mid-century modern enthusiasts, collectors and decorators in search of inspiration from the most influential homes of the past.
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  • Infographic Guide to Life, the Universe and Everything

    By Thomas Eaton
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    Thomas Eaton
    100 stunning, ingenious and absorbing infographics reveal the secrets of life, the universe and everything!Discover unique, witty and surprising facts about all sorts of natural phenomena, from the secrets of the universe to the wonders of natural science and the impenetrable dimensions of quantum physics. Scientific facts are presented in a memorable, surprising and illuminating way.More than just a book of words, with graphs, Venn diagrams and charts, this book provides a unique overview of surprising and fantastic aspects of life, the universe and everything in 100 unique infographics.Discover:Driving You Crazy - The theory of a major city's traffic flow system explainedIs the Earth in danger? The Torino Scale - Assesses the impact hazard associated with near-Earth objects, such as asteroids and cometsMass Extinction Events - Comparisons according to: When they happened, what caused them, which organisms were affected and what percentage of total species were killed offWhat is a Greenhouse gas? - What makes up the 'greenhouse house' and who's emitting the most - comparison by country and cause of emissionFuture Population Pyramid - How we are ageing via pyramids for each continent
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