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CICO Books Blog Tour: The Creative Home

Posted on Sep 12, 2016 by

Author Geraldine James has a background in fashion but has spent a number of years as Interiors Buyer for Selfridges. Throughout her time at one of the world’s most renowned department stores, and during her extensive travels, she has continued to source unique and unusual furnishings, art and curios for her own home. And she has shared a great deal of her expertise in three best-selling titles published by CICO Books: Creative Display, Creative Spaces and Flea Market Secrets. Geraldine James’ latest book The Creative Home is a synopsis of her curatorial tips and ‘inspiring ideas for beautiful living’. Just as captivating as her previous work, the pages of The Creative Home are filled with aspirational spaces featuring carefully collected heirlooms and thrifty yet chic finds.

Read on as we share a few of our favourite pages and homes and contribute our thoughts for recreating similar looks in your own home.

The Creative Home by Geraldine James, published by CICO Books, Amazon

The Creative Home by Geraldine James, published by CICO Books. Photography by Andrew Wood © CICO Books

The Creative Home by Geraldine James, published by CICO Books
Photography by Andrew Wood © CICO Books

Divided into five chapters the book first focuses on each of the core areas that together form a home; Cook and Eat features kitchens and dining spaces, Relax and Socialise covers living rooms, Work and Create includes home offices and studios and Sleep and Bath showcases bedrooms and bathrooms.From rustic to minimal, each chapter reflects a range of different styles. The final chapter, Store and Display, demonstrates how different areas of the home can be used to both store and show off individual treasures and collections.

Throughout The Creative Home, James’ message is clear: “style is a completely personal thing”. Be guided, she advises, by the basic principles of focus, proportion and functionality, but retain at the very heart of your decorative schemes those elements, that essence that makes your house feel like home.

This vintage brushed steel plate rack is a practical yet stylish solution for a variety of everyday essentials as well as intriguing and treasured items. Our tip: find stackable steel plate racks from the experts at The Plate Rack Co – as featured in Warehouse Home.

The Creative Home by Geraldine James, published by CICO Books. Photography by Andrew Wood © CICO Books

The Creative Home by Geraldine James, published by CICO Books
Photography by Andrew Wood © CICO Books

We love the striking juxtaposition of vintage and contemporary elements in this kitchen (below). Depth is added to a minimalist and monochromatic scheme with the use of reflective marble countertops, splashback and glossy white cabinets. Vintage tin number tiles, salvaged from the scoreboard of an Australian cricket pavilion, add character and create a focal point. Chalkboard paint adds further textural interest. Our tip: for similar vintage numbers, visit Dirty Pretty Vintage, Vintage Matters or Lassco.

The Creative Home by Geraldine James, published by CICO Books. Photography by Andrew Wood © CICO Books

The Creative Home by Geraldine James, published by CICO Books
Photography by Rick Haylor © CICO Books

Mixing styles will ensure your scheme is truly unique. This dining space (below) also demonstrates that layering timeless, traditional pieces and contemporary forms (such as the wire frame chairs) can create a thoughtful and balanced space. Our tip: for beautiful reclaimed timber furniture, we recommend speaking to Sugden & Daughters or Quirky Interiors.

The Creative Home by Geraldine James, published by CICO Books. Photography by Andrew Wood © CICO Books

The Creative Home by Geraldine James, published by CICO Books
Photography by Andrew Wood © CICO Books

Here, heavily patinated vintage industrial furniture has been offset by classic ceramics, simple glassware and soft textiles. Parquet flooring adds warmth and complements the tones of the aged metals. This space proves once again that an urban industrial aesthetic needn’t feel cold or unfriendly. Our tip: for vintage industrial furniture with real character, visit The Old Cinema, Lassco or Vintage Matters.

The Creative Home by Geraldine James, published by CICO Books. Photography by Andrew Wood © CICO Books

The Creative Home by Geraldine James, published by CICO Books
Photography by Andrew Wood © CICO Books

This heavy-duty, weathered side table is an impressive statement piece in an otherwise simple and serene bedroom. Despite its size, the light grey of the metal ensures it is eye-catching without dominating. Rivets around the top of the metal cube are another nice industrial detail. Our tip: we’re sure you would find something similar from the experts at Home Barn.

The Creative Home by Geraldine James, published by CICO Books. Photography by Andrew Wood © CICO Books

The Creative Home by Geraldine James, published by CICO Books
Photography by Andrew Wood © CICO Books

Whether you live in a compact city apartment, a warehouse conversion or a country cottage, The Creative Home by Geraldine James features countless spaces to inspire a thoughtful and distinctive approach to interior decoration. We recommend you pick up a copy.

If you have enjoyed our review of Geraldine James’ beautiful new book The Creative Home, you are bound to enjoy another of her lovely coffee table books (also published by CICO Books) entitled Flea Market Secrets – we featured that title in Warehouse Home Issue Two.

NB. Since this post went live we’re thrilled to announce the first Warehouse Home book will be published Thames & Hudson in Spring 2017. Join us as we travel from New York to Melbourne, London to Hong Kong, visiting some of the world’s most inspirational industrial conversions in this, the debut Warehouse Home coffee table book

And for further interiors inspiration, don’t forget to enjoy Warehouse Home Issue Four! The latest edition of the internationally renowned Warehouse Home magazine is live online and can be enjoyed in full and entirely free. Read Warehouse Home Issue Four by clicking here or view in the reader below.

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