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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.

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