We are bombarded by perfect interiors, images that aren't attainable because they have been styled to the point where they bear no resemblance to reality. These interiors may be stunning, but they aren't an honest reflection of how we really live and I think they make us feel bad about our own less-than-perfect homes.
Life Unstyled is about taking inspiration from real homes that are beautiful, creative and inspiring but at the same time a little rough around the edges, with signs of everyday life evident throughout.
The first section, `Homes Unstyled', sets out Emily's manifesto for creating a stylish home that is beautiful but lived in. A Home is Never Done advocates allowing your space to evolve gradually so it is an ever-changing expression of your tastes and interests. Work with What You've Got suggests ways to make the most of the home you have rather than yearning for unattainable perfection. Signs of Life offers ideas for wrangling papers, clutter and other stuff. Creative Clutter tackles collections and displays, while Break the Rules rejects style diktats and shows how individuality can bring a home to life. The second section, `People Live Here', visits real-life homes that are definitely not perfect yet display incredible style and creativity and reflect their owners' needs, tastes and style. And throughout the book, quick fixes, DIY makes and ` Every Home Should Have...' boxes offer creative solutions with unique results.
Emily Henson is a London-based interior stylist best known for her colourful and eclectic style and her belief in creativity over consumption. She began her career as a childrenswear designer and went on to become a display artist and merchandiser before branching out into interior design and styling for editorial and advertising clients. After living in America for most of her adult life, in 2011 Emily returned to her hometown of London with her American husband and children. As a freelance stylist, her clients include IKEA, Anthropologie, Matalan, Target and Cath Kidston. Emily's popular blog, also entitled Life Unstyled, focuses on interiors, styling and DIY. Emily's two previous books are Modern Rustic (2012) and Bohemian Modern (2015). This is her third book for Ryland Peters & Small.