Looking for a Christmas gift for a book lover, design fan, and shopaholic? (Yes, that would be me but I know there are more people like me out there.) Have I got the gift for you. Geraldine James , the homewares buyer for Selfridges, has published a gorgeous new book, Creative Spaces: Inspired Homes and Creative Interiors. The last in her trio of books, Creative Spaces shows 20 inspirational homes of people in the creative industry from London, Milan and New York.
Creative Spaces is divided into 6 sections, such as Individual Eclectism and Modern Industrialists, which allow the homes to be groups according to their owner’s tastes. The designers opening up their homes come from various backgrounds, such as interior design, fashion, photography, art and architecture.
They include people responsible for some of my favourite labels and stores such as Betty Jackson, Kyle Andrew (brand director for Kate Spade Saturday), Shaun Clarkson (interior designer and owner of Pitfield London), Joel Bernstein (former head of concept at Liberty of London), Nicky Butler (Butler & Wilson), John Derian, and Gisela Garcia Escuela (head of Anthropologie UK). I’ve featured the Clarkson home in a previous post because I attended a talk he gave about his house and design inspiration. My love of Anthropologie is well known and John Derian’s work has recently been showing up at Designers Guild.
I also like that this book shows family homes too! Yes, you can have a well-furnished yet family-friendly home! The above photo shows the Shaw home where the bicycles form part of the hallway scene. Patric Shaw is a fashion photographer who lives in a Brooklyn town home with his wife, 2 children and a dog. Their home also displays their children’s art pieces which framed and propped on a wall blend right in with their purchased artwork.
I like that the book prizes individuality because as Geraldine James says:
The home is the heart of most people’s lives, offering respite from the frantic and challenging world outside. It is the place where we can truly unwind and refocus. For some that will mean an abundance of soft furnishings and cozy chairs, but for others, such as me, it means being well ordered and tidy before I can even think of relaxing.
None of these homes, even the clean contemporary ones, lack personality. Nor do you get the impression of show homes that actually are too nice to cope with daily living.
No doubt creative people have interesting homes that feed their imagination and soothes their spirit. Even if you are not well known, however, you, too, can have an inspirational and creative home.
Creative Spaces by Geraldine James is now available through CICO Books for £19.99.
I was provided my copy of the book Creatives Spaces free of charge in exchange for my review but all words and opinions are my own.