Bookmarks: Comforts of Home

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Cover of 'Comforts of Home' by Caroline Clifton-Mogg

We’re very excited to introduce a brand new, regular blog series – Bookmarks – in which we review books & magazines that have caught our eye. Naturally, the books we choose to feature will be on subjects close to our hearts – such as vintage interior design.

'Comforts of Home' book open with glass of wine

Our first title is The Comforts of Home written by Caroline Clifton-Mogg and published by Ryland, Peters & Small.

pages from "Comforts of Home" book

pages from "Comforts of Home" book

Clifton-Mogg’s maxim – which runs throughout each chapter – is that making a home calm, cosy and comfortable isn’t hard, shouldn’t be daunting and doesn’t have to be.

pages from "Comforts of Home" book

A lot of what she recommends, such as de-cluttering and having a household cleaning routine, you think you already know and have heard it all before.

pages from "Comforts of Home" book

pages from "Comforts of Home" book

But the way in which she puts it makes so much sense, that you may find yourself suddenly whisking piles of stuff off your kitchen table or from your hallway that you’d been oblivious to for months!

pages from "Comforts of Home" book

Each room in the house is given its own chapter; with advice on how to make them more homely.

pages from "Comforts of Home" book

pages from "Comforts of Home" book

The book is brimful of glossy, colour photographs of beautiful vignettes…

pages from "Comforts of Home" book

…there’s page after page of inspiring rooms…

pages from "Comforts of Home" book

…but these aren’t rooms in unattainable, fantasy homes – all of the looks are easily achievable.

pages from "Comforts of Home" book

pages from "Comforts of Home" book

There are beautiful and practical ideas for storage solutions and showing off your collections of items.

pages from "Comforts of Home" book

The book was a very enjoyable initial read – and it’s great for dipping back into for tips & ideas.

You can also get a copy of the book from the H is for Home vintage design bookshops – Amazon astore UK | Amazon astore USA

[Many thanks to Ryland, Peters & Small for supplying this review copy]

  • I bought this book having read your review when it was first published. I read a few pages and set it aside but I did look at the photographs which were lovely. I finally read the book over the past few days. I have been feeling unwell and it seemed like the perfect antidote. How wrong I was. This book is dreadful. The advice in it boils down to be tidy and buy lots of fresh flowers and new cushions. This advice is delivered in a slightly hectoring upper middle-class tone which I found very irritating. I do agree that the photographs are inspiring but would not recommend this book to anyone. I am taking the author’s advice in relation to de-clutteirng and will be donating this to the charity shop.