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Homes from Home: Inventive Small Spaces, from Chic Shacks to Cabins and Caravans
     

Homes from Home: Inventive Small Spaces, from Chic Shacks to Cabins and Caravans

by Vinny Lee
 

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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
11/04/2013
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.)
From the Publisher
‘A dreamy book. Provides escapist inspiration for small spaces.’

'A dreamy book. Provides escapist inspiration for small spaces.'

'From beach huts to canal boats, this delightful book is full of inspiring ideas from around the world. The common thread is harmony with the environment and a dreamy escape from everyday life.'

'This book is dedicated to homes from home in all their various shapes and sizes. Focusing on quirky and personal the homes are fun and achievable.'

‘This book is dedicated to homes from home in all their various shapes and sizes. Focusing on quirky and personal the homes are fun and achievable.’

‘From beach huts to canal boats, this delightful book is full of inspiring ideas from around the world. The common thread is harmony with the environment and a dreamy escape from everyday life.’

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781906417987
Publisher:
Jacqui Small LLP
Publication date:
11/01/2013
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Vinny Lee is a writer and stylist specializing in interior lifestyle features, who also broadcasts on television and radio. She is Interiors Editor of The Times magazine and had written several books on design, including The Colourful Home, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Recycled Spaces, Innovative Interiors and The Spiritual Home. She was awarded Newspaper and Supplements Stylist of the Year in 2001. She lives in  London.

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