I have always loved Kirstie Allsopp, she sums up what I love most, a unique style, arts, crafts, the country side and a beautiful homemade home. Kirstie is one of my top lady inspirations. I actually thought that she and Phil Spencer were married when they worked together on Chanel 4’s – Location Location! Kirstie has a wicked sense of humor and she is just herself, no one else. She follows her own interests and thats one reason why I like her so much she doesn’t adhere to the norm and she although I have never met her she seems like great fun. Also loving all her latest ventures especially the new bedlinen collection and M&S pretty collaborations.

A book that I go back to time and time again for ideas and inspiration is a book that was also a Chanel 4 series – Kirstie’s Homemade Home. It gives brilliant ideas from soap making to interior design and boy oh boy do I love getting knee deep in a project.

From a Claire Lewis Co perspective Kirstie shows ways to create things from scratch like beautiful cakes and how to decorate them. You don’t always have to go buy a cake there is a joy to behold when you start from scratch and DIY.

Kirstie also delves back into long since forgotten crafts like blacksmithing, glassblowing, willow-working. Not long ago every village and bourgh had a business that specialized in these crafts, if you needed something mended you sought out the local to do the job for you. These days we throw them “away” and replace them.

My favorite chapter is at the end and called ‘Search and find’ how to find hidden gems and where to find them. Not for the faint hearted as it covers auctions, markets, boot sales, the internet and skip diving! One mans trash and all that – loving the skip diving. I have been known to arrive at the door with a piece of furniture  such as a this sweet children’s chair that I re-upholstered with ribbon and made a cute little seat cushion. It cost me little or nothing and saved it from ending up in landfill and my purchasing a brand new one.

If you love beautiful things and creating bespoke designs for you home then this book is a must for your collection. Beautiful illustrations and lots of things to keep you entertained for years. Enjoy and of course thanks to Kirstie Allsopp for being Kirstie!