Monday, May 10, 2010

'The Homemade Home' Giveaway & Interview

Last Month a lovely new book was published by Cico Books, 'The Homemade Home' by Sania Pell is Sania's first solo book, and is packed with beautiful photography and lots of inspiring projects for giving your home the handmade touch!

The first exciting thing is that I am running a GIVEAWAY this week for one reader to win a copy of the book! Just leave a comment on this post before Friday 14th May. (don't forget to leave a contact email!!)

And secondly I'm so pleased to have caught up with Sania to hear about her inspiration for the book, where she shops for crafty items and how she styles her own home.....

Hi Sania, your lovely new book The Homemade Home has just been published. What led up to you writing this book? Is it something you’ve wanted to do for a long time?

From a very young age I have always loved making things. After art college, I worked as a textile designer for seven years then retrained as an interiors stylist. I started combining my homemade and customised objects within my photo shoots and Elle Decoration and Easy Living magazines featured my how-to stories. Whilst taking time out with my young children, I started writing a list of ideas over several months in my scribbly note book (which stays with me in my bag at all times!) It then became clear they needed to be made into a book. Cico Books then gave me this opportunity. The main aim behind the book was to inspire people to make things for themselves, hopefully The Homemade Home will do this.
book projects above
There are 50 inspiring projects in the book, can you choose a favourite?!

I have to say I like the Lovebird pillows with silk flowers on page 74. I struggled with this project and after several different directions finally came to the bird pillows. The birds were printed on an apron bought from a carboot sale and I like the mix of the dark fabric with the floral fabric and the silk flowers, all a little kitsch, but still quite romantic and quirky.

Is there anywhere you particularly recommend for picking up items to carry out the projects in The Homemade Home?

One of my favourite shops is VV Rouleaux in London. It is a grown-ups answer to a sweetie shop – rows and rows of beautiful ribbons and trimmings in fabulous colours. A pick and mix of one metre of pale blue velvet and two of pale green silk. They also sell silk flowers, butterflies, small cut out suede leaves and flowers, expensive but just a little makes a big difference.

I love carboot sales too, for wonderful inexpensive pieces of fabric, books, maps, stamps, jewellery and buttons. The ‘antique fashion and textile fair’ in Hammersmith is wonderful as well for lovely covered buttons and vintage buckles and fabrics. Art shops too; it may be that I discover a new material or technique, while walking through the shop and this then sparks off a new idea. John Lewis haberdashery department is a necessity, fabulous for the basics, buttons to cover, tapestry hoops and a wonderful range of embroidery threads.
book project above

How would you describe your own personal interior style?

I love quirky and individual bits about the house, if I cant find it, I’ll make it. It’s a mix of customised Ikea with antique shop buys. My curtains I have just recently made and love, they are pinstripe suiting fabric with the ‘All wool - made in England’ selvedge still running down the edge. I love the graphic quality and I suppose I do like graphic objects with strong shapes.
Sania's curtains above

There are bits I love that I have collected over the years, pieces picked up from holidays and trips abroad. I always try and buy something from degree shows too, or New Designers show in Islington is a fabulous place to pick up lovely art at reasonable prices and supports the students as they graduate. I think that a home is made over time, it can’t really be made in one go or bought off-the-shelf, but collected over years so it gathers interest and reflects your taste and personality. I also love to display items that are practical or have been well used in the past. I have a love for rulers and display them. I also own a rather beautiful and strange collection of old wooden spoons that were my grandmother’s and great grandmother’s that have been used so many times they have worn down to almost nothing. I love the history behind them, all the meals they would have been involved with creating. They are on a shelf and look quite tribal with there worn out ends.
Sania's wooden spoon & ruler collections above

Where do you shop for your own home?
Degree shows, antique shops, car boot sales, inherited furniture, given a new lease of life. I try not to but too much off the shelf but customising Ikea and Habitat can work well. Vessel in Notting Hill has wonderful ceramics and glass.

The trend for handmade homewares has become massively popular, is there any other trends you think will become popular over the next year within interior styling?

I think now is the time for the return of colour. It’s mixing in colour in a new way. It may be a chair is painted in a vibrant shade and placed against a grey wall, or adding a pop of colour by tying a neon-bright ribbon around the neck of a vase. Different coloured cushions on each chair around the dining table.

Do you have any tips for my readers for styling their own home?
I always try to only keep beautiful or practical items out. If it isn’t then put it away. Keep your space simple and then have areas, on shelves, fireplaces, cabinets, that have lots going on. Display an interesting mix of postcards, drawings, packaging, leaves collected from a walk, blue tack them to the wall. Mix different heights of vases in with pebbles below. To start styling an area, clear it, remove every thing and put it in a corner and then add bit by bit. The pieces that don’t work in this arrangement will fit into another, or may be put away to come out another time.

Do you have any exciting plans coming up that you can tell us about?
I am spending time with my children at the moment as they are both still small, but I must admit that new ideas are filling up my scribbly notebook for the next book!

Thanks Sania! I certainly feel inspired to get creative!! Don't forget to enter the giveaway to win this lovely book! (leave a comment by 14th May) Also available from Cico Books

31 comments:

  1. Very inspirational!
    alethea.hill@o2.co.uk

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  2. I would love this book, fingers crossed

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  3. the book and the ideas look great - my little house totally needs a makeover!!

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  4. What a great ! The photos are absolutely gorgeous, too. I will definitely be checking out this book.

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  5. I love the ideas in the book, they`re very soothing .

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  6. what an exciting book! thank you for this giveaway Caroline:)

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  7. Sounds very good! Those pictures are so beautiful, the second one with the chair and the lamp has already given me a good idea for an unused corner in my new bedroom. Thanks Caroline! :)

    jemma_elizabeth@hotmail.co.uk

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  8. I get so overwhelmed by possibilities that I never dip my feet in. So maybe a pretty book would help!

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  9. This is just the ticket to direct my slightly random craftiness this summer. Fingers x'sed.

    lyns-read@tiscali.co.uk

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  10. Been seeing a lot about this book on other blogs too, it looks just fab and yes I'd love to win a copy!

    Funny that she mentions V V Rouleux as I just did a post about them as Annabel the owner now does craft shows on QVC! xx

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  11. This book looks great - really inspirational with lots of gorgeous pictures. Fingers crossed I win a copy as I’m sure it will provide loads of unexpected ways to re-use bits and pieces that I’ve gathered over the years.

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  12. Like a real home. Homemade gives a great ambiance.

    keukenraam@gmail.com

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  13. Sounds like a fabulous book to have. :) Please enter me in your fab giveaway :)

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  14. My fiance and I have just started redecorating our home, and everytime I visit my Gran I come away with bags of scraps of retro and liberty-esque fabric, I would LOVE this book to help me use them properly!

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  15. This is so beautiful, been hearing alot about this book lately and now I can see why.

    It's so funny how the things our grandmother's threw away are now our prized accessories when it comes to adorning our homes with quirky furnishings. My grandmother says things like "what have you got that old thing on display for" when I sees my vintage bread bin on the sideboard "It's filthy!"....

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  16. Good timing! We have just put a modern extension onto our house and I am mixing Ikea with trad furnishings, this book would give me confidence to carry it off. Love the site - still waiting to hear if the heart WC sign is back in stock!! Kate x

    ping.ranson1@btinternet.com

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  17. I love her work!! it is sooo soo inspiring :)

    zaman.aisha@gmail.com

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  18. I have that same ethos. An Ikea/Habitat house is so boring. Make a home more interesting and personal. My only problem is how long it takes when you don't furnish your home in one go. Please enter me in the competition. I can always do with inspiration as lovely as this.

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  19. this book should inspire creative hands. there is nothing more rewarding than creating something for your home which people cannot go out and buy the exact same copy of! this book could inspire me to dust off my sewing machine and get busy with designing something adult as opposed to all the kids craft activities I end up doing!!
    this book would look great on my coffee table too!!
    emma@essentialescapes.com

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  20. This book would be the perfect gift for my birthday on the 14th! Fingers crossed!
    omschrevel at gmail dot com

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  21. This book would be the perfect gift for my birthday on the 14th! Fingers crossed!
    omschrevel at gmail dot com

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  22. Absolutely beautiful

    carlatavares@o2.co.uk

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  23. What a lovely book: Full of wonderful images and great ideas

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  24. How sweet is this book! This would be such a treat to own.

    masperle@austin.rr.com

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  25. Love it all!
    Just what I need right now to give me inspiration!

    Clare

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  26. I just wanted to say thank you so much to Caroline for featuring my book and to all of you for your kind and lovely comments. I'm so glad you like it. Good luck with the competition!

    Sania
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  27. Talk about leaving this 'til the last minute - I'm slowly getting my home under control and would love to get a little bit more brave. So I'm putting this in for the give away.
    Deirdre

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  28. Samantha BeckettMay 14, 2010, 2:00:00 PM

    Would love this to do some affordable lovely things for my beach home.

    s.beckett@mac.com

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  29. love it!pick me!

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