LI­BRARY UP­DATES

Three of the best dec­o­rat­ing books to buy this month

ELLE Decoration (UK) - - Style Decorating -

An­nie Sloan Paints Ev­ery­thing

(Cico Books, £14.99) in­cludes 40 DIY pro­jects from the chalk paint ex­pert: from hand-sten­cilled cush­ions to painted chan­de­liers and cab­i­nets, and dyed vin­tage lace cur­tains ( yes, you can use Sloan’s chalk paint to dye fab­ric, di­lut­ing it to cre­ate the colour re­quired – ge­nius!). Whether you love plain colours or pat­tern, there’s in­spi­ra­tion for ev­ery­one.

Mod­ern Liv­ing: How to dec­o­rate with Style

(Teneues, £29.95). One of a se­ries of new books (the other two, on chalet style and Scan­di­na­vian liv­ing, are to fol­low) penned by for­mer ELLE Dec­o­ra­tion homes edi­tor Claire Bing­ham. She ex­plores some of the world’s most in­spir­ing in­te­ri­ors and of­fers DIY tips to get the look your­self.

The Stuff of Life

by Hi­lary Robert­son (Ry­land Peters & Small, £25) is a peren­nial dec­o­rat­ing clas­sic that we love for its in­valu­able tips on how to style and dis­play your stuff – all the dis­parate but trea­sured pos­ses­sions that we all slowly ac­quire. You’ll dis­cover how to make the most of a mul­ti­tude of stor­age and sur­faces around your home, from blank walls to man­tel­pieces and win­dowsills. It’s per­fect ad­vice for an in­stant home up­date.

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