And then, with gorgeous images, he fills the pages of it by explaining. I totally love the styling and examples he uses. A bit like the excellent Wonder Walls, by Supermarket Sarah, his book celebrates the slightly weird and off-beat side of display. As you'll see...
He breaks down each of the choices: "Highlighting the edge of the sideboard with tape helps to extend the depth of field, emphasizing the warmth of the wood and creating a link between the wall, the furniture and the objects." It's all kind of obvious in some ways – and yet we don't always break down why something works. But doing so adds new little tricks to one's repertoire, opening new worlds of creativity.
It'll also help you stop getting bored with your house – and you show off by peppering conversations with designery nuggets of wisdom, leaving people to conclude that you must really know your shit.
"Organic vs Geometric: an artist's articulated model horse sits below an antique drawing of an officer's favourite steed, while the angular shapes of the patchwork cloth are picked up by the three-dimensional hexagonal boxes. The 1960s circular shelf unit provides a strong organic counterpoint to the geometric shapes elsewhere. Likewise, the trio of silhouettes on the shelves balances the black-and-white-striped monochrome print on the left."
Abigail Ahern is the mistress of.
(Photography by Polly Wreford)
is published by Ryland Peters
& Small at £25
On a separate note, you may have noticed I've changed my posting regime. I'm currently experimenting with posting just three times a week (rather than daily), and varying the time of day posts go up. I'd love to know if this makes the slightest difference to your enjoyment of the blog – and, generally, how you read it anyway: do you find posts by chance? By Googling something? Via Twitter? Facebook? Via the newsletter (did you know you can get YHIL in your inbox? Just stick your email in the box at the top of the column on the left).
This info will all help me decided on some changes I'm currently shaping for the future so do, if you have time, let me know via the comments box below, on Twitter (@kate_burt) or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!