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

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in honour of lisa stickley’s new book, made at home, (which is gorgeous and due to be published by quadrille on the 2nd of july), this post is written in lower case letters with no upper case letters at all.

the reason for this is that lisa’s book does not have any capital letters in it. i find that typing is actually a lot quicker and easier this way. perhaps that’s why she does it? or maybe her caps lock key is bust. the mind boggles. either way, her new book is absolutely delightful, as you might expect. it starts with a ‘basic techniques’ section, then covers four key areas of the home: kitchen, living room, bedroom and laundry, with step-by-step sewing projects for each.

i love the way this book is written – lisa’s quirky style shines through on every page: “for an extra posh napkin it is nice to add a buttonhole to one corner. i first saw this done on a british airways napkin from the 1960s; it is a great idea, especially when wearing a white shirt and eating spaghetti.” indeed.

the book is filled with lovely photography that inspires you to get stitching…like this cute cushion shot…

you can get your mitts on a copy of this book for £16.99 in july. – ellie