reading corner. Creating the Vintage Look by Ellie Laycock

Creating the Vintage Look by Ellie Laycock (CICO Books)
Creating the Vintage Look by Ellie Laycock (CICO Books)

On the lookout for inspiration for my next home crafting venture, I came across this book by Ellie Laycock, founder of homewares company Hunted and Stuffed.

With clear instructions and gorgeous photos it features 35 clever projects to re-purpose items you may find at jumble sales, markets or second-hand shops into personal treasures for your own home. The Ladder Back Chair Towel Rail, Soap Dispenser Jars and Russian Doll Light Pull are particularly ingenious.

So, I think I’m pretty much set for the next 35 weekends.

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reading corner. A girl’s guide to decorating by Abigail Ahern

A Girl's Guide to Decorating by Abigail Ahern (Quadrille Publishing Ltd)
A Girl’s Guide to Decorating by Abigail Ahern (Quadrille Publishing Ltd)

Visiting Ham House in Surrey yesterday (more about that later) we popped into its second hand bookshop for a browse. My eyes alighted upon this tome by designer and stylist Abigail Ahern. Filled with page after page of creative ideas, top tips and advice, this book also features beautiful photos and step-by-step illustrations. Perfect for the ‘style-conscious girl’ attempting DIY projects on a budget. Finding this book was perfect timing for my Easter weekend. Now, where’s my hammer?