NEW Orla Kiely book

June 15, 2010

Orla Kiely is publishing a book with Conran Octopus, called Pattern

You can watch a video of pattern-addict Orla talking about her new book here. From the sneaky peek I’ve had, it looks as though it’s packed full of lovely images of her own beautiful home as well as several spreads of tasty handbags. Hurrah! It’s going to be £25, and due out this September. – Ellie


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Last year, we all cooed and drooled over the beautiful Recycled Home book from Mark and Sally Bailey at Baileys Home and Garden. I love the pared-down, simple, rustic look of the Baileys’ lovely home…so I was really excited to hear about the launch of their new book, which is due out on 8 October.

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Called ‘Simple Home‘, it’ll be £19.99 (Ryland Peters Small) – it’s about choosing items for your home with care and thought – in tune with today’s desire to reject the feverish consumerism of recent years and buy well-made items that last. My review copy has not arrived yet, so here’s a sneak preview from the PR: The book opens with ‘The Philosophy of the Simple Home’. Rescue, repair, reuse and rethink are the guiding principles behind the Baileys design ethos. Chapters cover all aspects of creating comfortable living in a carefully considered space – colours are calm and inspired by nature; shapes are organic and fuss-free, meaning versatile designs that go with everything; materials are reclaimed or recycled, and ethically sourced; craft embraces the artisan’s skill and the pleasure of owning items that will stand the test of time. There’s a ‘Natural Cleaning’ chapter with tips for using old-fashioned materials, and a section called ‘Curating Your Home’, which looks at arranging your cherished collections in different ways: your display space becomes a personal museum, full of things you love.

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It sounds fabulous – I can’t wait to see it! I’ll review it properly asap. – Ellie

Are you a domestic goddess with a sweet tooth? Shopping Spy’s secret sources have revealed that the owners of retro sweet shop Hope and Greenwood are working on a recipe book, which will be released this autumn, possibly in October.

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Miss Hope and Mr Greenwood are writing a book

The ‘purveyors of splendid confectionary’ will be packing the book full of treats such as sticky toffee apples – yum! If this book is as gorgeous as the lovely Hope and Greenwood shop and website, we think it will be one to watch out for! – Ellie