Synopses & Reviews
There is an enormous pleasure in having a place where you can get away from it all, a small intimate space where you can live out your fantasies or simply indulge a passion. This could be a boat moored on an urban waterway or a wilderness shack miles from anywhere, lost among nature. The book is divided into two main sections, with a wealth of case studies showing a fantastic selection of individual homes from home. Huts and Hideways includes low-impact buildings, often constructed to blend with their surroundings, made of materials sympathetic to their environment. They include cabins made from wood, metal and stone or carvedfrom the landscape itself, to treehouses perched in leafy heights. The second section Homes to Go covers mobile or moveable accommodation, providing temporary shelter in various locations, from vintage shepherd’s huts and gleaming airtstream trailors to bell tents and tipis and sleek and compact boats.
"Lee (Recycled Spaces) opens with a reminder that 'there is something special about a small, intimate living space, a place where you can let your imagination roam and where responsibilities are few and far between.' The simplicity of these homes may only be skin deep to convert an old grain store into a residence, the builders used the same tinfoil insulation used in space shuttle construction. The book explores 'huts' made from metal, stone, and clay and highlights the appeal of wood structures, including treehouses with long winding staircase up into the branches. Some of the spaces are pure fantasy a Swiss mountain chalet built by local craftsmen pegging the wood beams rather than nailing, or a South African rondavel with a thatch roof that needs regular patching and replacement. Others seem achievable by anyone: a pop-up trailer 'drawn, cut, pasted and sewn by hand.' The author promotes a philosophy of enjoying the natural surroundings: use rainwater to wash hair, harvest herbs to make fresh teas, and decorate with old and recycled furniture and accessories. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Homes from Home is a book that will transport you to an enchanting world of freedom and peace; it shows how you can escape to the retreat of your dreams.
About the Author
Vinny Lee is the Interiors Editor of The Times Magazine, sourcing, styling and writing features about architecture, interior design and lifestyle. She studied at the University of Arts, London, and has travelled extensively for her work. She is the author of 25 books including Cool Pools and Hot Tubs, Mood Indigo, The Essential Guide to Decorating, The Colourful Home and Recycled Spaces, as well as other books on kitchen and bathroom design.