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The Creative Home

September 14, 2016

You must have noticed my addiction to books by now. Book shops are the only places where I feel at a loss, just because I can never decide what to go for – a novel by a well know author or something completely new, a good review or a book cover I simply find appealing… And then I get to the Home and Garden section… and I get really anxious! Why? Because I want them ALL to be neatly lined up on my overcrowded shelves. Yes, it is an addiction and books are my weakness, but so are beautiful gardens and interiors… I bet you can imagine what my reaction was when I saw the quote Red magazine came up with to describe this season’s novelty The Creative Home:


“Anyone intimidated by an empty expanse just crying out for decoration has a new heroine: Geraldine James.”

I trust them (and I already have a few of her books), so I decided it was my autumn’s “must-have”.
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I spent HOURS slowly turning the pages trying to take in every detail, gathering ideas that I can later on use decorating my own space. I absolutely loved the fact that the featured interiors are full of unique objects, mostly vintage finds, and, lets not forget, – artwork: loads of paintings, photographs, textiles and ceramics! (Inspiration I’ve been waiting for finally reached me.)




In the author’s opinion “style is a completely personal thing – you just have to be confident in letting it shine in your home”. She has definitely chosen brilliant examples to illustrate all five main chapters of her book – Cook and Eat, Relax and Socialize, Work and Create, Sleep and Bathe, Store and Display. Such colourful/rich (I have in mind fresh and unexpected solutions) interiors must have been created by really interesting and brave individuals.




Yes, I did say brave. Just like Sylvia Plath believed that “the worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt”, Geraldine James says that “the important thing is to believe in your choices”. You can go for a casual mismatch, mix together periods and styles and achieve great effect. The owners of the featured interiors have proven that even complete opposites, for e.g. neutral and dark tones, old and new things, can happily live together.




So… there are no rules, everything’s allowed – all you have to do is be bold and make your style shine.




If all of the above got your creative juices flowing you should also remember the magic word – upcycling. Once again, be brave and “look at something with a fresh eye – forget its original use and explore its new possibilities”. What do you think to this French barn exterior door which has been turned into a table? I love it!




In just a few words – Geraldine James encourages to experiment with colour, materials and arrangements; she certainly has quite a few exciting recipes how to decorate your home. I believe that this book, just like intended, will fire up to play “until what you see is a true reflection of you and what you love”. Is the author my new heroine? Yes, she certainly is.
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The Creative Home by Geraldine James, published by CICO Books. Photography by Andrew Wood © CICO Books.
5 Comments leave one →
  1. September 14, 2016 4:47 pm

    Nice review, thank you. I’ll check it out:)

    • September 18, 2016 5:04 pm

      As always – thank you for your kind comment. I am very glad to hear you found it helpful. K.

  2. September 18, 2016 1:52 am

    I actually learned a lot by watching some of the decorating shows. I found out what I liked and what I thought was god-awful and learned to trust myself and my choices. One thing I discovered was that I didn’t really like using white as the main “color” feature. It seemed too often a lack of confidence in a color choice. I actually have very little in our house.

    • September 18, 2016 5:34 pm

      I think the more information you gather, the better you understand that particular subject (although some say that the more you learn, the more you realize that you don’t know anything…). You “broaden your horizons” watching decorating shows and I am a book and magazine addict. You should see some of my shelves, it’s a miracle they don’t break! So I guess in this case watching TV is a much better option.

      P.S. I must admit I’m not a fan of white, but we are getting two wooden cabins this October and I will go for nautical/coastal style decorating them – to make them seem bigger inside I actually plan to paint the walls white. This will be an experiment… hopefully they won’t feel too clean, if you know what I mean. I’m still not sure about the floor yet. I’d love to have some painted patterns, so if you come across something interesting please let me know. K.


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