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Review | The Monocle Guide to Cosy Homes

Not everyone is born with the gift to turn a house into a home, but this book will help you get there! The Monocle Guide to Cosy Homes is a comprehensive survey of all things “home,” and accordingly highlights the best places to live between Tokyo and Toronto; inspirational locales spanning from Rio to Swedish archipelagos, and even the best architects and designers working in a given location.

This hefty 402-page book kicks of with a collection of essays written by influential design critics, chefs and designers. They touch on topics like ” the perfect kitchen”, “when a child is born” and “is there a dog in the house”. The introduction puts it perfectly: ”

Only you know what cosy means to you. They are lessons for life and that is why this is a book that should be used again and again. It’s a book about happiness.”

Monocle did their homework!  Chapter 2 The Residences shows you the most amazing homes from all over the world! These homes are inhabited by real people, living real lives. One of my favourites is the well-known Camps Bay home, Die Es, designed and inhabited by architect Gawie Fagan and his wife, Gwen. Built in the sixties, the house was a “family project” by the same family that lives in it to this day.

Chapter 3: The Directory is a survey of everything you need to build the residence you want. From architects to furniture-makers, from design-store owners to gardeners, they introduce you to interesting people with ideas that are built to last.

✚  You can order the Monocle Guide to Cosy Homes here.

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