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Kirstie’s Homemade Home – Kirstie Allsopp

What they say:

‘This book is packed with achievable ways to transform your house into a home that reflects you and the things you value, plus lots of gorgeous craft projects to try yourself. Welcome to my world.’
Kirstie Allsopp

Be inspired to create a home that reflects you and the things that you love with the help of Kirstie’s Homemade Home.

Nothing compares with the pleasure and satisfaction of making something yourself and Kirstie shows just how easy it can be. Drawing on the advice and enthusiasm of a host of craft experts, Kirstie shows how to personalise your home and create your own gifts with simple and practical step-by-step projects. From stencilling wallpaper and sewing your own cushions and quilts, to making candles and soap and icing a cake, Kirstie’s Homemade Home includes everything you need to get to get you started.

Packed with advice on how to find a style that reflects you as well as Kirstie’s own little black book of shops and websites that have helped her to transform her own home, Kirstie’s Homemade Home is for everyone who loves car boot sales and antiques and values the art of the homemade.

What I say:

I really like Kirstie Allsopp.  I am convinced that were we ever to meet, we would be friends, therefore my review on her book may be somewhat tainted :-S

I like the book, for the simple fact that it allowed me to revel in the lovely vintage inspired, craft filled world of Kirstie’s Channel Four show.  If you did not enjoy the show, you probably will not enjoy the book.

There are a number craft projects in this book ranging from, a knitted tea cosy to sugar-paste roses.  all are beautifully photographed and very well described.  I was a little disappointed that there were few ideas that had not already been covered by the series and that almost all required a shopping trip for specialist supplies.

The last section of the book is a list of favoured suppliers and sources.  Living in Lancashire, with the majority of the addresses being London based, this section was of little use to me.

This is much more of an interior design book than a craft book, perhaps I had got the wrong end of the stick on purchase (or more accurately, Christmas list)!

If you like Kirstie Allsopp, her style, her prose then you will adore this book.  If you are looking for a dedicated craft book, look elsewhere.

You can find the fabulous Kirstie on Twitter: @KirstieMAllsopp



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