Book Review : My Bedroom is an Office

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Small office desk in the corner of a bedroom. How to solve this and other design dilemmas?
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It would be so easy if your house fit perfectly with your vision for design.  But it does not.  Stubbornly, you will find yourself dual-purposing rooms and trying to fit the perfect furniture in a room with an alcove that destroys the aesthetic.  There always seems to be a hump in the road to perfection. 

Luckily, interior stylist Joanna Thornhill has got you covered, in her new release, My Bedroom is an Office (and other interior design dilemmas) (affiliate).  This perfect collection of questions and answers is the crucial addition to any interior aficionado’s bookcase and is packed neatly in a high-quality publication fit for even the humblest of coffee tables.

© Carole Poirot | Prop Stylist & Photographer

Whether you’re a renter, first-time buyer or a long term homeowner, Joanna’s collection of impressive articles will help you wade through the struggles of living in less than ideal arrangements.  Need to update a period property with the latest style?  She’ll sort your dilemma.  Want to disguise the hideous flocked wallpaper you can’t afford to replace?  No problem.  Afraid of killing your floral friends but want to introduce the look of nature to your home?  Joanna can solve that too.

Dotted between the rhetorical problems and their artistic answers also come sections of guidance about how to upscale your property in an easy to follow how-to guide to make your home the best it could be, no matter what obstacles you find yourself up against. 

Clear advice for painting furniture, seamlessly integrating pet accessories, and using small spaces to their optimum effectiveness will guide you through the process, even if you have no eye for design.  Colour guidance, paint effects and the best way to budget your style make this book a bible for the reader, whether your home is brand spanking new, you need to upgrade an outdated space or (with permission) you are looking to make your rental space your own.

Dog house in a kitchen. How to solve this and other design dilemmas?
© Design: Studio AC
Photography: Sarjoun Faour

This book is a revelation, and Joanna Thornhill has provided a comforting hand to guide you through the daunting task of decoration.  No matter the size of your space or the bulk of your budget, this clever little encyclopaedia of decorating dos and don’ts will depict the best and most effective ways to make your vision align with your home.

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