A Beautiful Mess Happy Handmade Home: Painting, Crafting, and Decorating a Cheerful, More Inspiring Space (Anglais) Broché – 26 août 2014
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• An inspired geometric-pattern coffee table made of balsa wood
• A hand-lettered statement wall featuring your favorite quote
• A quick and easy electrical tape update for your refrigerator
• A set of beautifully designed serving dishes
Packed with bonus styling tips from hanging the perfect gallery wall to making mismatched furniture work, Happy Handmade Home is design inspiration for personalizing your own space.
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A lot of the projects are of that special breed you only find in DIY books. I am not going to nail coffee filters to pallet strips and call it a headboard. Or decorate my china with a Sharpie, or duct tape aztec patterns on my fridge. When I spend the effort making something, I want it to be... well, nice. I was thinking messy along the lines of those tags on Anthropologie stuff that tell you that your silk pillows may have natural variation because they were woven by hermits on some tiny island in Micronesia. Not 'preschoolers decorated my living room' messy.
The writing style is encouraging, but I wouldn't call this book beginner-friendly. For example, the Quotable Wall Art project includes directions like 'purchase or cut pieces of thin wood' and 'stain the wood'. It doesn't tell you what tools you'd need or how to go about staining wood if you've never done it before. The Painted Dresser project says to clean and lightly sand the surfaces, prime and paint. That's it: no in-progress photos or tips on making the project successful beyond 'don't stress yourself out about the perfect color.' The Cross Stitch Stool doesn't actually give you a cross stitch pattern, it just says to make your own design. This project did have a supply list – and left off embroidery thread.
And does anybody follow the recipe or drink instructions in DIY books? The cover promises 'painting, crafting and decorating'... I wasn't expecting recipes for cookies and martinis, though alcohol may explain the floor lamp 'makeover' on page 143, which features black paint glopped on with a wine cork.
Still, this book does have a charming energy to it. There are some nice tips for decorating on a budget, like making random dining room chairs match by painting them a vibrant color. But on the whole, it's one of those vanity blog books that is mainly a snapshot of the authors' lifestyle and interests. They seem like lovely people, but I was hoping for more out of this book.
Several of the more advanced tutorials require the reader to research methods and techniques because the "authors" have not given you that information in the book. I found many of the DIY projects to appear juvenile and are clearly not durable or long-lasting home decor ideas. Personally, I believe there is a difference between having a lovely home with personal, handmade touches and "crafting" a home to look like it is full of tacky craft bazaar cast-offs. Regrettably, this book leans toward the latter. I am not sure what has qualified Elsie and Emma to be authorities on home decor, but their style is very frenetic and clamorous. There is no cohesiveness to their style, and it is overwhelming to imagine a home filled with these ideas and projects.
It's clear that Elsie and Emma have prioritized filling their book with "staged-casual" and gratuitous photography over actually trying to put energy into a thorough, unique book. It's actually a shame that so much money and effort was put into the creation of this book, when it is no more inspiring or interesting than browsing Pinterest, or the Beautiful Mess blog, for free.
My advice - leave your home decor ideas to the real experts and save your cash.