I have sitting beside me here a very special book: Homespun Style by Selina Lake. Don’t you love her? I have been a huge fan of Selina’s for years now; her unique brand of style and creativity shines through in every project she undertakes. I will get into more detail in a moment, but let’s just say, if you are looking for something to cheer you up, warm your heart, and inspire you like crazy, buy yourself a copy of this book right now.
The release date here in the States is March 1, but you can pre-order your copy on Amazon now, or order a signed copy from Selina’s Etsy shop. The photography is by Debi Treloar, another personal favorite, so of course every single page is utterly gorgeous. And writer Joanna Simmons has created a warm, conversational mood in the text, so the overall effect is that of sitting down to a cozy afternoon tea with a bunch of good friends. This book is truly down-to-earth, and jam packed with so many creative tips I was literally itching to throw the book down and get decorating, crafting, and flea market hunting by a few pages in.
More than a look, Homespun Style celebrates the rising popularity of craft and creativity in the home in a fresh, original way. We are encouraged to spruce up junk store furniture with a lick of pastel paint, embellish cushions and lampshades with pom pom trim, and support handmade artists and craftspeople. Quickly, here are a few favorite ideas from the book:
- Tie together colorful vintage hankies to make a quick & cheerful bunting
- String pom poms from the craft store on fishing wire and drape it over framed art
- Glue mismatched tea cups and saucers together to make an impromptu cake stand
- Use brightly colored plastic outdoor rugs inside
- Store rolls of pretty wallpaper or gift wrap in a bin and leave it on display
- Use decorative buttons to update a tufted armchair
This look is all about comfort and happiness, what could be better? Pinks, lilacs, and plums abound, tempered a bit by bluebell blue, fresh springy green, and plenty of white – let’s face it, this is a look that would make most girls happy. Luckily, my hubby is a fan of color too, so I don’t think he would object to a lashing of pink and floral print here and there. You may not guess it from my white on white on white house, but Selina Lake’s mashup of color and pattern is what really makes my heart sing. I always meant for the white to be a base to build on…and then after a certain point I felt I just had to stop since the budget wouldn’t allow. But now, oh now my head is bubbling over with creative ideas for making the dollars stretch!
You can find out more and keep updated on Selina Lake’s lovely blog and on the Homespun Style facebook page. I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy to review, and although I entertained the notion of being selfless and offering it as a giveaway too, sadly Bixby got ahold of it and ripped a page, so that’s that! I don’t mind of course, I taped it up, but you should have your own pristine copy I think. You can pick it up in your local bookshops after March 1, or pre-order on Amazon or scoop up a signed copy in Selina’s Etsy shop, while they last.
Well, I think that’s about it. I’d love to hear what you think – are you a fan of homespun style and all it connotes? Find any ideas here you might like to try? Oh, and happy weekend! xo Laura
(all photos taken by me, Laura Gaskill, of my copy of Homespun Style)