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Lose your self in fabulous tales of travel, food and fashion, and drool over homes and gardens that inspire and delight. 
  • 'Colour Is Home' by Charlotte Coote
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    'Colour Is Home' by Charlotte Coote

    $60.00

    Australian interior designer Charlotte Coote mixes colour, fabric, textiles and originality in this bold guide to creating classic interiors.

    With Charlotte Coote's confidence in colour, texture and pattern pairings, a whole new way of approaching design is revealed. In this way, the story of the house can be told.

    In this gorgeously inspirational and effortlessly practical book, Charlotte guides readers through the process of designing a space, from creating the original design brief through to the finished room. Using her five principles of design - timelessness, authenticity, lifestyle, scale and quality - Charlotte shows how to balance comfort and style, light and shadow, colour and neutrals, old and new. Charlotte's bold and decisive style is like a breath of fresh air, with easy-to-follow tips and ideas for wall colours, kitchen finishes, furniture and fabrics to achieve rich and layered interiors.

    Colour Is Home is the essential stylebook to create a home that will stand the test of time.

     

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  • 'How To French Country' by Sara Silm
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    'How To French Country' by Sara Silm

    $60.00

    From deep in the countryside of southwest France comes a comprehensive guide to surrounding yourself with French country style wherever you are. Capturing the beauty and tranquility of the region, interior designer and journalist Sara Silm distills the unique colors, textures, and flavors of this distinctive corner of the world.

    Inherent in Sara's detailed knowledge of French country style are philosophical lines drawn between color, temporality, style, sensation, and season, such that every design choice is a contemplation of time and place. Nowhere is this more clearly felt than in her unique color palettes, inspired by the patina of weather-beaten shutters, of local brick and fading roof tiles, violet-hued ice cream, and rolling hills bursting to life in spring.

    Coupling detailed, practical design knowledge with evocative notes on rural French life and choice recipes, How to French Country offers a path to gentler living and refocusing on all that we hold dear.
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  • 'Petal' by Adriana Picker
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    'Petal' by Adriana Picker

    $60.00

    A compendium of floral wonder, 'Petal' reveals the colours, details and unique sculptural beauty of nature’s most remarkable creations.
     
    Botanical artist Adriana Picker has curated specimens from all over the world to celebrate through her stunning illustrations, accompanied by writer Nina Rousseau's words on the folklore, fame and meaning of both favourite blooms and herbaceous curiosities.
     
    'Petal' features over two hundred flowers from twenty-seven plant families – from elegant roses to otherworldly orchids and magnificent magnolias – as well as a dedicated chapter for unusual specimens. 

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  • 'The Charmed Garden at Broughton Hall' by Philip Hunter
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    'The Charmed Garden at Broughton Hall' is a celebration - of natural landscape, of human connection and endeavour, and of the sheer beauty of plants. It is also a story of transformation - of urban life to rural, agricultural land to cultivated paradise, humility to awe.

    The book traces, in words and photographs, the passion and toils of a physiotherapist and a garden designer working in harmony to transform the blank canvas of a Gippsland farm into a place of breathtaking inspiration. Broughton Hall is the residence that Philip Hunter and David Musker designed as a sumptuous and stylish home. But it is the home's gardens and vistas that are the true hero of this beautifully illustrated book. The garden at Broughton Hall - an embodiment of the famous Aristotelian adage that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts - is a feast for the eye, a place of horticultural wonder, and a charmed oasis capable of transporting even the weariest of souls to a level of previously unimagined vitality.

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  • 'The Flower Expert' by Fleur McHarg
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    'The Flower Expert' by Fleur McHarg

    $35.00

    Fleur McHarg is a florist in the true, traditional sense of the word. Guided by the eternal wisdom of Constance Spry, the trailblazing early-20th-century British florist, Fleur believes in letting flowers be the stars of the show by working with the natural shape of a flower or branch. When it comes to beauty, you can't beat nature - but you can learn how to showcase it for startling impact.

    Fleur has cultivated a lifelong obsession with colour, beauty and flowers. Here, she shares her astute flower philosophy, including:

    - Over 30 of her favourite flowers and how to use them
    - Why some combinations work and others don't
    - How to select a base and blend colours for a flower arrangement

    The Flower Expert is a stunning celebration of Fleur's artistry and her ability to fuse modern and classic to create a style that suits each occasion.
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  • 'The Kitchen Dresser' by Simon Griffiths
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    'The Kitchen Dresser' by Simon Griffiths

    $50.00

    Brown furniture is back. People want warmth and individuality back in their houses. As such, the kitchen dresser is having a renaissance. These beautiful pieces are overtaking clean-lined kitchens to create more original spaces, alive with personality and rich in history.

    Made from Welsh oak or elm, Tasmanian Huon pine or reclaimed timber, the humble dresser - originally built for food preparation and storage - has become the treasured centrepiece of many a home. The art of the dresser is often in the collection it holds: vintage china, Staffordshire figures, majolica, pewter, blue-and-white transfer ware, breadboards, family treasures, the old and the everyday.

    In The Kitchen Dresser, photographer Simon Griffiths (our very own Kyneton local!) captures the beauty and the charm of this iconic piece of furniture that is at once functional, ornamental and deeply heartwarming.

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