This month’s recommendation for your bookshelf
Karen McCartney’s latest tome delves into the heart of 18 truly extraordinary interiors
THE ALCHEMY OF THINGS BY KAREN McCARTNEY There are books about interiors, and then there’s The Alchemy Of Things, a visual jaunt inside the creative minds of homeowners who take decorating to a deeply personal place. Via a series of stunning photographs, author Karen McCartney invites you into 18 homes across Australia and Europe, many of which have never been published before. No two are alike – one chapter explores a cottage on Tasmania’s Bruny Island, another looks inside an apartment with views of the Eiffel Tower – but what they have in common is their alchemy. For some, this is the intuitive arrangement of furniture and art; in others, it’s the profound emotion. Some are filled with pieces acquired over a lifetime; others are an evolving culmination of ideas slowly tinkered away at. Alongside the images are the owners’ stories. Within them you’ll find inspiration and confidence to style your own home with passion, liberation and attitude. Then there’s the beauty revealed with every turn of a page, the smell of ink and the reassuring weight of the book in your lap. $59.99, Murdoch Books.