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By Terence Conran

Plain Simple Useful

Terence Conran has always believed that objects – and surroundings – that are plain, simple and useful are the key to easy living. Here are three projects to get you started on creating a contemporary living space.

Mitchell Beazley

Stickertopia The Flower Garden

Angela Mckay, Mouni Feddag
Angela Mckay, Mouni Feddag

Find yourself in a world of beautiful blossoms and vibrant, peaceful gardens teeming with natural beauty. Stickertopia The Flower Garden is an interactive sticker book that combines gorgeous backgrounds with jewel-like stickers of botanical flowers, leaves and petals that you can use to create your own worlds of wonder, one tiny detail at a time. The artworks in this book are based on the most beautiful gardens of the world - from the Saihoji temple garden in Japan to the Versailles Garden in France, the Desert Botanical Gardens in Arizona to Kew Gardens in London. Also included are gardens captured by the world's greatest artists, such as Monet's garden at Giverny. Stickertopia The Flower Garden is perfect for anyone who aspires to take their artworks to a new level of exquisite detail.

Alannah Moore

Author Alannah Moore leads a double life between Paris and London. When she's not prying into the lives of artists or kitchen-table business owners, she might be found cracking open a bottle of Menetou-Salon, rustling up an Indonesian curry or strolling leisurely along the Seine with her Cavalier King Charles. She discovered her skills for talent spotting when researching the world's best web designers for her first book Create Your Own Website Using WordPress in a Weekend. Alannah's website is at

Alex Newson

Alex Newson is a curator at the Design Museum in London and a keen cycling enthusiast. He has worked with a number of cycling's most celebrated names and manufacturers, including Chris Boardman, Bob Haro, Graeme Obree, Team Sky, Pinarello, Colnago, Trek, Santa Cruz and Felt.

Bev Speight

Bev Speight is an artist, illustrator, designer and educator who teaches at Middlesex University. She was previously creative director for a major book publisher and, amongst many other clients, has worked extensively on high profile campaigns for the BBC.

Chloe Fox

Chloe Fox is a contributing editor to Vogue, where she spent three years working on the Features desk. Over the years, she has interviewed a number of its cover stars, including Sienna Miller, Keira Knightley and Helena Bonham Carter. She is also the author of two of the biographies in the hugely popular Vogue On Series - Vogue On Alexander McQueen and Vogue On Manolo Blahnik.

Emily Gosling

Emily Gosling is a freelance editor and writer based in London. She has contributed to Vice, Huffington Post, AnOther magazine and was previously deputy editor at It's Nice That.

F. G. Delamotte

Freeman Gage Delamotte (1814-1862) was a master draughtsman and engraver, with a desire to make the essential and beautiful accessible. From his studios on London's Strand he published a series of books of designs and letterforms for artists and designers: these went on to become best-sellers, reprinting repeatedly through the Victorian age and dramatically influencing the aesthetics and applied arts of the entire era.

Jake Spicer

Jake Spicer is an artist and drawing tutor based in Brighton, England. He is head tutor at the independent drawing school Draw, a co-director of the Drawing Circus and regularly runs portrait and figure drawing courses for the Camden Arts Centre and National Portrait

Joanna Goss

Joanna Goss embraces playfulness and joy in her delightful and original watercolors. Her unmistakable style and contemporary pattern-based paintings have earned her recognition from across the web. The bright, vibrant designs she creates continually lend themselves to unique applications.From custom stationery to textiles, Goss' nostalgic and of-the-moment sensibilities have landed her retail lines with top national brands. In addition to her popular patterns, she is known for painting colorfully whimsical portraits of people and animals.Goss has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Northern Illinois University. She lives with her boyfriend and their two cats in Aurora, Illinois.

Joanna Nylund

Joanna Nylund was born and raised in Finland, where she started her writing career doing music reviews for a local magazine at age 15. After studying English literature at university and living in the UK for a few years, she has been working as a translator, journalist, copywriter and photographer. She resides in Helsinki with her husband.Aside from writing for Finnish newspapers and magazines on topics of culture, literature and history, Joanna is a regular contributor to ThisIsFinland, the Finnish Foreign Ministry's portal on all things Finnish, and SCAN Magazine. She has to rustle up a bit more sisu whenever cold autumn winds begin beating the Helsinki shoreline where she goes running, but secretly enjoys the challenge.Find out more about Joanna on Instagram @joannaulfsdotter, Facebook @joanna.nylund or her website and blog at

Judith Miller

Judith Miller began collecting in the 1960s while a student at Edinburgh University in Scotland. She has since extended and reinforced her knowledge of antiques through international research, becoming one of the world's leading experts in the field. In 1979 she co-founded the international best-seller Miller's Antiques Price Guide and has since written more than 100 books which are held in high regard by collectors and dealers.Judith Miller appears regularly on TV and radio. She is an expert on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow and has co-hosted the popular BBC series The House Detectives, ITV's Antiques Trail, and Discovery's It's Your Bid. She has appeared on The Martha Stewart Show and CNN. She is a regular lecturer and contributor to numerous newspapers and magazines, including the Financial Times, the Daily Telegraph, BBC Homes & Antiques and House & Garden. She has lectured extensively, including at the V&A in London and the Smithsonian in Washington.

Kay Maguire

Kay Maguire is the author of the award-winning RHS How to Grow Your Own Crops in Pots, which was published by Mitchell Beazley in 2013. She is a regular contributor to gardening magazines such as BBC Gardeners' World, The Garden and Amateur Gardening, as well as being the video producer for the RHS website. Kay trained at The Royal Botanic Garden Kew, where she gained the Kew Diploma, and was the Horticultural Editor of BBC Gardeners' World for six years. She is now a freelance writer, editor, producer and most importantly, grower.

Marianne Majerus

Marianne Majerus is a leading garden photographer whose work is widely published in magazines and books. Her books with George Carter include Gardening with Herbs, Gardening with Containers, Projects for Small Gardens, and Living with Plants and The New London Garden (both Mitchell Beazley)

Martha Roberts

Martha Roberts is an award-winning journalist who has written for YOU magazine, the Daily Mail, the Guardian, Glamour and Sunday Express. She is a columnist at Psychologies magazine where she has written about evidence-based ways of achieving happiness and now writes about colour and how it makes us think and act. Her blog was shortlisted for the Amara Interior Blog Awards 2017 in the Best Colour Inspiration Category (sponsored by Farrow & Ball). She takes on private commissions for bespoke shelf art.Social media: Twitter @martharoberts01 Instagram @the_colour_file

Matthew Brehm

Matthew Brehm is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Idaho, where his teaching responsibilities include design studios, graphics courses, and an annual study abroad program in Rome, Italy, that he initiated in 2007. He is the author of Sketching on Location and Drawing Perspective. In 2010, Matthew received the university's Hoffman Award for Excellence in Teaching, and his drawings have been recognized with awards by the Design Communication Association and the American Society of Architectural Illustrators.

Michael Freeman

Michael Freeman, professional photographer and best-selling author, was born in England in 1945, took a Masters in Geography at Brasenose College, Oxford University, and then worked in advertising in London for six years. In 1971 he made the life-changing decision to travel up the Amazon with two secondhand cameras, and when Time-Life used many of the pictures he came back with, he embarked on a full-time photographic career.Since then, working for clients that include all the world's major magazines, most notably the Smithsonian Magazine (for which he has shot more than 40 stories over 30 years), Freeman's reputation as one of the world's leading reportage photographers has been consolidated. Of his many books, which have sold over 4 million copies worldwide, more than 60 titles are on the practice of photography. For this photographic educational work he was awarded the Prix Louis Philippe Clerc by the French Ministry of Culture.Freeman's books on photography have been translated into 27 languages.

Orla Kiely

Orla Kiely is the visionary and founder of a global brand. An expert on print and colour, she has created a world that is renowned for its individual voice and unique perspective on both fashion and homeware. Her flagship store in London's Covent Garden is the epicentre of a global business that has won four prestigious UK Fashion Export Awards. Her work is presented at London Fashion Week, and extends into luggage, stationery, gardening and homeware. The Orla Kiely design studio has collaborated with leading brands such as Heal's, Clarks, Apple and Uniqlo.

Paula Reed

Paula Reed is Global Style Director for the Harvey Nichols chain of up-market department stores. Before that, she was the style director at Grazia, the bestselling fashion weekly, for seven years. She is also a former columnist for the US edition of InStyle magazine and her career has included fashion or style director positions at several magazines and newspapers, including the Sunday Times and InStyle. Her writing has appeared in the Financial Times, Elle and The Times. She is the author of Style Clinic and Fifty Fashion Looks that Changed the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s and lives and works in London.

Terence Conran

Terence Conran is one of the world's best-known designers, restaurateurs and retailers. In the 1960s he founded Habitat - the chain of homeware stores that brought good, modern design within reach of the general population for the very first time.Over the subsequent 50 years Terence built another group of companies centred around design, retailing, restaurants and hotels. Today, Conran owns restaurants and shops in eight cities throughout the world and a design business serving many international clients that includes architecture and interior design, product and graphic design and brand licensing.In January 2011 Conran began working with Marks & Spencer in the UK, designing an exclusive range of homewares for the store. In 2012 Conran signed a deal to collaborate with US retail giant jcpenney to design an exclusive range of furniture, lighting and accessories for the home. The initial collection launched in spring 2013 into 300 jcpenney stores throughout the US and there will be new ranges launching each spring and autumn.Terence was knighted for his services to design in 1983 and has been provost of the Royal College of Art in London. In 1982 he opened the very first museum in the world dedicated to design, which is now the celebrated Design Museum in London, due to move to new premises in 2015 thanks to a massive expansion programme.

Thomas Pavitte

Thomas Pavitte's unique talent is creating activity puzzles that result in something truly extraordinary. His 1000 Dot-to-Dot books and Querkles colouring books have become international best-sellers, enjoyed by creative puzzle fans the world over, with millions of copies in print.Constantly exploring new graphic ideas, Thomas lives in Melbourne, Australia, and shares his work at