When writer and artist Philippa Stockley bought her tiny Georgian house at auction, it needed just about everything doing to it, but, as with most people these days, money was tight. So, all the things she could tackle herself she did. And found that not only did this save money, it meant she could also control the pace of work and what materials were being used and help save the planet by saying no to needless plastics, aggressive chemicals and unnecessary waste.
Philippa shares projects from her own house to inspire you to create something in yours – whether replicating exactly or perhaps interpreting in your own way. The sixteen projects in this book, described and illustrated step by step, range from painting – panels, murals and floor coverings – through simple carpentry, to sewing and bottling, whether for yourself or as a gift. They vary in style from historically inspired to contemporary, and in complexity from beginner level to relatively advanced.
From this book you will learn how to create and make in your own home. As Philippa says, ‘making stuff is magical.’
Philippa Stockley has painted since the age of four, doing her first set designs at eleven. As an adult she has painted widely professionally, from shop fronts to murals and wall finishes, a trompe l’oeil carpet on a concrete floor in a hairdresser’s, and book jacket designs. She exhibits portraits and still lifes and (of course) does all the painting in her Georgian home. She also designs and sews things for the house - from curtains to cushions - as well as producing home-made jam, fragrant beeswax polish and lemon vodka, for home use or as gifts. Basic carpentry includes making anything from little shelves to simple picture frames. Philippa is author of numerous books including Restoration Stories (Pimpernel Press, 2019) in which she tells the story of her Georgian house in London.