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Home comforts Reading

Book corner Pull up a chair and make yourself comfortable as we take a look at a selection of great new reads to inspire you…

Romantic French Homes by Lanie Goodman, with photography by Simon Brown, £30, Cico Books If you are a naturally inquisitive person then you are going to adore this book as it leads you on a journey through the most exquisite homes. Meandering through the French countryside to the St Tropez beach cottage of writer Marcel Pagnol, up to the city streets of Paris and an apartment belonging to a famous musician, over to the mountains for a peak at an Alpine ski lodge, there’s a real feeling of being there. Simon Brown’s sumptuous photography is the perfect complement to Lanie Goodman’s prose, which brings to life the history and character of these homes and the people who lived in them.

Things I Love by Megan Morton, £25, Conran Octopus This is a book of four parts and includes a practical collection of design tips as well as a section of inspirational pull-out postcards, to whet your home stylist appetite. Megan also introduces a number of people she admires – designers, artists, models, collectors and photographers – through interviews that give insights into their creativity. Finally, Homes I Love is a look inside houses across the world that have had an impact on her, thanks to their style and the people who live in them. Informal in tone and easy to read, this book will quickly engross you.

Lace, Ribbons and Bows, by Ann Brownfield and Jane Cassini, £12.99, Cico Books Craft fans and lovers of vintage are going to treasure this collection of pretty gifts and accessories to make, all created using ribbons, lace and bows. Inside, step-by-step instructions are illustrated with photography of the finished projects, with detail close-ups and lifestyle images showing them at their best. From lace-covered cushions to a handkerchief café curtain, a summer straw basket adorned with a bow to vintage drawstring bags, the projects are presented beautifully – and within reach of the even the most novice crafter.

Everyday Lebanese Cooking by Mona Hamadeh, £14.99, Spring Hill Full of photographs of delicious looking food, this recipe book covers everything from maza (starters) to hilwayat (sweets) and everything in between. There are familiar favourites, such as hummus and baba ghanouj (aubergine dip) that are these days readily available in delicatessens and supermarkets, there are meat and fish dishes, and a section dedicated to vegetables, which is great for vegetarians. The author does not present her recipes in isolation, rather she introduces us to the food, culture and hospitality of Lebanon through her own experiences, providing an informative and interesting background to her book and her obvious love of the country, its food and its people.

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Traditional Homes & Interiors Magazine April 2013  
Traditional Homes & Interiors Magazine April 2013