OK. Here’s another cracker that fits well on the shelf beside Ilse Crawford’s Home that I reviewed below. Although actually, and this says a lot about both books, neither have actually made it to the shelves as both have become regular reference material and favourites with any guests.
It’s called Reclaiming Style, using Salvaged Materials to create an elegant home, and that rather long title does sum it up very well. It’s also an unashamedly blatant advertisement for one of the better salvage yards in the country, where less is left to the customer’s imagination, with a good web site and great imagery to help you see the potential of the product.
You pay, of course, you pay handsomely, but so what if you end up with something amazing and still pay less than a new equivalent.
The business is run by Maria Speaka and Adam Hills and they’re credited with the book too which is a case study on a few of their bigger design and restore projects. It includes their own place, designed and built by Adam’s dad in the 70s and sporting some amazing graphic tiles and carpets. There are London houses, barns and more.
I might sound critical in the way that the book is so much a promotional tool for the business, but how clever is that? And of course if the business wasn’t good enough it wouldn’t work as a book either. I love it. I couldn’t wait for it to come once I’d ordered it, and I can’t wait now to plan our next project. The copy is better than many books of this genre, the photography is excellent – I’d like to see a few of the places in the raw, but I do believe the photography too, it’s not like an issue of Elle Deco where everything seems so perfect it’s hard to believe.
If you love the book home, then get this as its natural shelf mate. Just don’t except it to sit long on any shelf.