Tuesday, January 29, 2008
I bought Restoration Home by Mark and Sally Bailey last week and I am inspired!
These two have made a life's work of rescuing old stuff and old buildings and then letting them speak for themselves. They also have a shop and website that I've been drooling over for ages.
So what's so great about the book? Photography by Debi Treloar, for one.
And a "let it be" philosophy that is a perfect antidote to the New Year's "roll up your sleeves and get busy" attitude. I mean, what's not to love about a book that tells you not to varnish wooden furniture ("have you ever seen a shiny tree?"), and suggests that you leave a few scars and dings in your flooring and walls so people can see what your home's been through?
I'm guessing these two have never lived in a house whose interior walls are entirely faced in drywall, but if you take on some of the attitude and let the photos inspire you, you'll end up with a wonderful space, full of character, for a lot less effort than you're thinking it'll take!