The Stuff of Life

The Stuff of Life

Book - 2014
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Baker & Taylor
Demonstrates how possessions can be used to decorate interior spaces, and showcases homes accessorized in styles that include neatnik, bohemian, and naturalist.

Simon and Schuster
In her gorgeous new book, sought-after interiors stylist Hilary Robertson reveals a multitude of different ways to style and display the ‘stuff of life’ – the flotsam and jetsam of possessions, from pictures and ornaments to hats and bicycles, that we all gradually accumulate during the course of time.

In her gorgeous new book, sought-after interiors stylist Hilary Robertson reveals a multitude of different ways to style and display the “stuff of life”—the flotsam and jetsam of possessions that we all slowly acquire. In the first chapter, How to Arrange your Stuff, Hilary identifies and illustrates four different approaches to arrangements and shows how each one can be achieved. She also considers the variety of display locations available within the home – blank walls, mantelpieces, windowsills, chests of drawers, tabletops – and suggests how to make the most of them. Next, in Stories told by Real Homes, Hilary shares inspiration from real-life interiors that fall into five different styles—Neatnik, Bohemian, Naturalist, Sculpture Vulture, and Noble Salvage. Some people are magpies—they love stuff; finding, collecting, and displaying it, while their opposite, the minimalists, are on a mission to contain it or tame it.The ideas in this book are sure to appeal to both magpies and minimalists and everyone in between.

Publisher: London : Ryland Peters & Small, 2014
ISBN: 9781849755054
Branch Call Number: 747.9 R546s
Characteristics: 208 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm


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ksoles Jun 11, 2014

After spending much of the past decade in New York styling home interiors for magazines like "Real Simple" and "Town & Country," British designer Hilary Robertson has become an expert on "The Stuff of Life," a perfect title for her new book devoted to the art of display.

In its first two chapters, "How to Arrange Your Stuff" and "Where to Arrange It," the book dispenses valuable advice on showcasing the objects in your life. The second part of the book, "Stories Told by Real Homes," provides inspiration from real-life examples. Albeit slightly esoteric and unachievable for most, the collection of decorating ideas will certainly prod readers to think outside the box. Vignettes include a sage green wall behind a display of mottled enamel kettles; an Eames Eiffel chair paired with a farm table; daybeds placed at right angles to each other in lieu of sofas and cabinets painted a deep cobalt blue in a kitchen where utensils are repurposed as light fixtures and frying pans hang as wall decor.

Whether you identify as a naturalist, a bohemian, a collector or a minimalist, "The Stuff of Life" will certainly have you rearranging your coffee table.


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