NEW BOOK: Creative Walls

March 28, 2011

Selfridges Home Buyer, Geraldine James, has just published her first book with Cico Books: Creative Walls. It’s a winner; Packed full of beautiful photography (from Andrew Wood) and filled with loads of fresh ideas for weird and wonderful wall displays. We’re lucky enough to have an extract today, hot off the press…

Now, here are a few of my favourite things: a glass bell jar, a dried hydrangea, vintage floral postcards, the inevitable antlers (natch) and, presumably, a tonne of Blu-Tac. What a lovely, eclectic corner. Geraldine says she views every wall as ‘a beautiful blank canvas’ and she can’t wait to ‘get painting’…

This book is divided into chapters such as ‘Collectibles’, ‘Memories’, and ‘Children’s and Students’ Spaces’, but it’s definitely one to dip in and out of rather than a cover-to-cover read. I particularly like the cool fonts and typography throughout and the luxurious full-bleed pics to devour. There are lots of different homes and styles shown, but the general theme is a bit macabre and a bit rock and roll – think bones, crows and butterflies. All very Sibella Court. All very cool. This book isn’t just about wall displays – it’s about creating mini still-lifes around your home in front of the walls, too…

Ah ha, the blackboard wall. It looks as if this maker of very small shoes has excellent taste in the typewriter department, too. I have a panel of blackboard paint in the kitchen but I’m not quite brave enough to do a whole wall, yet. Are you?

As Peaches Geldof would say (with an auto-cue): ‘O to the M to the G’. I think I might have just found my dream shoe storage unit. A vintage ‘POISONS’ cabinet – wowzas. Love it! I really like the idea of hanging a slab of reclaimed, engraved stone on the wall, too – but I’m thinking it would require a pretty sturdy wall – and some extra large screws! Such a quirky hallway display. What a lucky fish.

John Derian‘s sinister plates look stunning grouped together here, with poison bottles and hammers in front. Macabre. Are these taxidermy tools?! I prefer to think they’re for bashing in picture pins, not stag skulls…

If you’re against the dead head trend, you might like this idea of displaying old family photos in a stag shape, instead. Creative Walls is £19.99, and available now. I’m off to buy some Blu-Tac. – Ellie


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This was our ‘Book of the Week’, but Sania Pell‘s latest book, Homemade Home, (£16.99, Cico Books) is full of such great ideas – as well as lovely photography by Penny Wincer – it deserves a closer look…

Unlike your run-of-the-mill twee, cutesy craft project books, this coffee table must-have features fresh, contemporary photography and ideas that feel very ‘now’, such as this stunning appliqué throw. No felt owls or lavender hearts here, folks…

I love this cowboy-themed découpage chest of drawers makeover!

This fabulous map lamp (with fun bug clips!) is a simple but really effective idea. Choose a destination that has a special meaning to you, or go for a vintage map for a quirky touch.

I’ll never tire of the ‘single-stems-in-a-row-of-vintage-glass-bottles’ shot – and I really like the use of origami papers, here, too. So pretty.

Fabulous birdy cushions here (which follows on nicely from our bird-themed trend page in the May issue of Ideal Home!)

This is a really lovely book for cool crafters, and I love all the cute shots of buttons etc – haberdashery GEEK that I am. Try before you buy – there’s a sneaky peek here. Have a lovely weekend. I’m off to make some elderflower cordial in the sunny Shire, if all goes according to plan harvesting-wise. (There was an unfortunate incident recently that involved me getting over-excited and picking a load of ‘flowers-disguised-as-elderflowers-which-turned-out-not-to-be-elderflowers-after-all’, resulting in a kind of toxic sugar gloopy soup that smelt of lemons but tasted foul…#schoolboyerror) Full recipe and more on Monday! – Ellie