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My bedroom is an office & other interior design dilemmas / Joanna Thornhill.
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My bedroom is an office and other interior design dilemmas

Interior design dilemmas

Publication Information:
London, United Kingdom : Laurence King Publishing, 2019.
Physical Description:
143 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm


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747 THO Book Adult General Collection

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Just moved into your new home? No idea where to start or what to do? Landlord won't let you paint your walls? Hate your couch but can't afford a new one? Wondering if you can paint your horrible plastic chairs? Look no further, interior design stylist and expert Joanna Thornhill will guide you through an array of design dilemmas, from minor tweaks to bigger projects. Packed with inspirational and practical advice for both homeowners and renters, this book will help you achieve a home you can be proud of, even if your office is at the end of your bed.

Author Notes

Joanna Thornhill is a London-based interiors stylist and writer. She works for clients ranging from TV and magazine publishing to retailers and online, including trend forecasting for WGSN-lifestyle. She is the author of Home for Now (2014).

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 5
I just got the keys-now what?p. 6
Should I go for built-in or freestanding furniture?p. 8
I'm seared of colorp. 10
How can I make my bedroom more relaxing?p. 12
I love the trend for houseplants, but I've got a black thumb!p. 14
How do I bring modernity to my period property?p. 16
Beginner's Toolkit: Essential DIY staples for any householdp. 18
Should I go open-plan?p. 20
Are there limits to where I can use wallpaper?p. 22
I have no space for a nightstandp. 24
I painted my place while, but it feels cold. What went wrong?p. 26
How can I make pieces hi different styles and from different eras cohere?p. 28
Am I stuck with my exiting wall tiles?p. 30
Color Combining Explained: Working with tonal, harmonizing, and contrasting huesp. 32
How do I choose art to match my interior?p. 34
My bedroom is an officep. 36
My windows are overlooked - how can I create more privacy?p. 38
Is gray the new cream?p. 40
My walls are too hard/soft/crumbly to put shelves onp. 42
Can I modernize my old furniture?p. 44
Painting Furniture: What to use and where to use itp. 46
As a renter, how can I make my home feel like my own?p. 48
My pet's paraphernalia is so ugly!p. 50
What can I do to avoid laddy decor?p. 52
Help! We've a baby on the way ... and we live in a small apartmentp. 54
How can I customize my chain store kitchen cabinets?p. 56
Do I really need to make a moodboard?p. 58
Interior Design Rules: Which to follow and which to breakp. 60
How can I give my tired old sofa a new lease on life?p. 62
I'm a collector-how can I best display my prized possessions?p. 64
My kitchen is my living spacep. 66
Our household is busy (read: messy)-I need it to be chaos-proof!p. 68
How do I tackle my north-lacing room?p. 70
I've got no built in storage (and can't add any)p. 72
Stylish Storage: Ways to add chic stowaway spotsp. 74
I love the industrial warehouse style ... but I live in a suburban duplexp. 76
How do I bring light into my windowless bathroom?p. 78
My space is too big!p. 80
How can I ensure that my TV doesn't dominate my space?p. 82
My house doesn't feel homeyp. 84
I'm furnishing my room from scratch-how do I work out what to put where?p. 86
Fancy A Splurge? Where to invest and where to savep. 88
How can I highlight the period details in my home?p. 90
How can I stop our family living space from feeling like a crèche?p. 92
What are the best window treatments for a tricky area?p. 94
I want my bathroom to feel like a luxury spap. 96
I've chosen a neutral scheme-how can I jazz it up without resorting to color?p. 98
Is the feature wall a cliché?p. 100
Paint Effects: Wow with your wallsp. 102
How can I create a gallery-style art display without making a mess?p. 104
I live in a new-build home-how can I add character?p. 106
How do I arrange my ornaments to look curated?p. 108
What can I do with my unused fireplace?p. 110
My home is in permanent, shadep. 112
We're setting up house together: how do we combine our styles (and stuff)?p. 114
"I'm Not Creative": Unleash your inner designer step by stepp. 116
I have no entrywayp. 118
I'm stuck with horrible textured wallpaper-what can I do to disguise it?p. 120
How can I make my small room feel bigger?p. 122
My lighting feels stark-how can I soften it?p. 124
How do I combine different tones of wooden furniture?p. 126
Is it possible to create a tasteful children's room?p. 128
Squeezing In Space: How to sneak in an extra areap. 130
I'm a terrible hoarder-how can I clear the clutter?p. 132
I've spent all my money on the boring essentials and have none loft for finishing touchesp. 134
How do I know when I'm 'done"?p. 136
Useful Termsp. 138
Resourcesp. 139
Indexp. 141
Creditsp. 143