Edited by Georgia Jordan
The planning phase of a renovation is always an exciting time, but before you hit the ground running, it’s wise to hit the books. Whether you are commencing a whole-home project or simply want to improve the character and charm of your living spaces, these new-release tomes will provide all the latest advice and inspiration you need for a successful result.
The listed books are as follows: Keeping House by Emma Blomfield, A Basket by the Door by Sophie Hansen, Three Birds Renovations by Erin Cayless, Bonnie Hindmarsh and Lana Taylor, A Tree In The House by Annabelle Hickson, Upcycling in Style by Sarah Heeringa.
Available from all good book retailers or online www.newhollandpublishers.com
Additional photography by Amanda Reelick
Emma Blomfield, Hardie Grant Books, RRP $29.99
We all desire a place that feels authentically your own: somewhere we can curl up with a cup of tea or host a dinner party for our favourite people. Many of us see homemaking as something we will do ‘one day’, perhaps when we are no longer renting or when we have a larger budget. Enter Keeping House, the latest book from Sydney-based interior decorator and bestselling author Emma Blomfield. Inside, Blomfield explores ways you can start making the most of what you’ve got right now, so that you needn’t delay your homemaking dreams any longer. The lovingly put-together book includes tips on how to style and maintain every room in your house to achieve a state of meaningful living, and how to decorate and connect with guests through beautiful events. Keeping House is your handbook to creating the life you want in the space you have, no matter where that may be. “Creating a home gives us a sense of belonging connection and inclusion. It’s natural to want to have a place in the world and a physical and psychological connection to a space.” – Emma Blomfield
A Basket by the Door
Sophie Hansen, Murdoch Books, RRP $39.99
Inspired by the belief that nothing says “I love you, I’ve got you and I’m here” better than a carefully hand-prepared parcel of food, A Basket by the Door incorporates 130 recipes to cook for friends and family who might be moving house, busy with a newborn, celebrating a milestone, recovering after illness, grieving, or just in need of a little support and appreciation. From an easy bundle of fresh dips and lavosh biscuits to take along to drinks, to a comforting ragu and chocolate mousse to enjoy while wallowing on the sofa, there is a heartfelt recipe for every occasion. Bake a chicken pie to cheer up a neighbour, invite friends over to make Christmas biscuits, fill jam jars with bright smoothies to bolster a new mother – the ways to connect and show you care with food are endless.
Three Birds Renovations
Erin Cayless, Bonnie Hindmarsh and Lana Taylor, Murdoch Books, RRP $39.99
Best friends Erin, Bonnie and Lara have shot to renovation stardom since ditching their corporate careers to start Three Birds Renovations, which has attracted a massive online following for its on-trend design techniques. Over the course of renovating nine properties in four years, the Three Birds have arguably become one of the most passionate, experienced and phenomenally successful renovation teams in Australia. Their first book is packed with gorgeous details from their projects, friendly words of encouragement and more than 400 renovation tips to help you avoid budget blowouts, manage timelines, and style without stress. Whether you are starting small or going all-in with a full renovation project, this is destined to become one of the most useful books you own.
A Tree in the House
Annabelle Hickson, Hardie Grant Books, RRP $49.99
A stunning ode to flower arranging, A Tree in the House is partly a guide for the aspiring home florist, and partly a pure celebration of rural life and its synchronicity with nature. Author Annabelle Hickson believes that playing and working with flowers can help you become a better observer of the natural world. She maintains that anything that helps you focus on what is beautiful and interesting in your daily life – when so much of it can feel repetitive and ordinary – is worth of celebration, and perhaps even reverence. With a focus on foraged and locallyand seasonally-grown plants, A Tree in the House celebrates the joy and simple, natural beauty that flowers bring to the home. Inside, Hickson provides ideas and instructions for flower installations and arrangements, covering beautiful, seasonal bouquets, flowers for friends and special occasions, as well as table and overhead installations, showing readers that flower arranging, even at its most magnificent, is accessible, affordable, and open to anyone who cares to give it a go.
Upcycling With Style
Sarah Heeringa, New Holland Publishers, RRP $35
Authored by the award-winning journalist, editor and stylist Sarah Heeringa, Upcycling with Style is full of inspiration for upgrading the beauty of your home – without the high price tag. From revamping an old couch, to embarking on a quick kitchen makeover or revitalising a tired garden corner, the book offers comprehensive, step-by-step guides for creatively updating your home through reinventing old objects and giving them new life. Featuring stunning photographs to help you visualise what’s possible, Upcycling with Style will help you infuse your home with your imagination and create warm and inviting living spaces of your own.