August 2018: Inside Out
Style bible proves a tonic
I read this book in a single sitting recently on a day when I was good for nothing but lying on the sofa with a stinking summer cold. It was quite a tonic with its gentle optimism and suggestions of how to make your home a happier place. That’s something surely everyone aspires to, especially with our busy lives full of work.
Encompassing lifestyle choices as well as design and decorating advice, Victoria Harrison takes the reader on a meander through mindfulness in the home, from tending houseplants to engaging in conversation and the simple pleasure of looking after a pet. There is some good old fashioned advice that greenery, the presence of light and the absence of clutter make for favourable living conditions. What makes this more compelling than opinion or anecdote alone though is the inclusion of (easy to digest) research - from NASA scientists, no less!
There is also sage colour advice from Farrow & Ball’s international colour consultant, Joe Studholme, on how best to introduce that most joyful of colours, yellow. All senses have been considered in writing this lovely little book with ideas on using scent, music, art and the optimal ways to consistently achieve nourishing sleep.
The overall tone is informative and avoids being instructive which makes it a lovely gift for anyone setting up their first home or in need of cheering up with a few easy tweaks to their interiors. I’ll certainly be referring back to my copy now and then, like a manual for good living.
Zoe Hewett is an interior designer at local studio www.stylemongersofbristol.co.uk