Curate, a Book to Inspire

It is a rare thing to have a book published as if it were written just for you, this is how I feel about this exceptional publication Curate Ali Heath’s first interiors book and hopefully the first of many.  Ali’s work is regularly featured in prestigious interior and lifestyle magazines so it was a natural progression to go on and write a stunning book.  Lynda Gardener is an Australian based interior stylist, hotelier and style guru, I have been a huge admirer of  Lynda’s work for many years and have great adoration for her eclectic, natural and unique way of creating spaces to swoon over.

A seed of an idea began with a connection across two continents when Ali interviewed Lynda for international press features, they both realised that their paths to where they are now were both quite unconventional but both have a mutual appreciation of monochrome aesthetics, natural imperfections, a love of vintage portraits and collections that create a soulful home.   With their shared passion for homes, interiors and styling it was only a matter of time before these two women, at the top of their games professionally, should put together a book that is full of texture, warmth and inspiration. Not only is it a feast for the eyes through the images taken so beautifully by photographer Marnie Hawson but the rich informative words that will help us the readers dream big and curate our own timeless home.

Curate is a concept that Ali creatively developed and personally wrote.  A huge achievement when you think that it was put together through lockdown last year across two sides of the world.  The book is full of informative ideas, inspiring us to trust our own style to guide us into creating a home that is personal and authentic to ourselves, not to be a slave to trends but to see your home in a new light.  Embrace, collate and display pieces that we love and cherish, collected and found over time, perfectly imperfect.

‘Ali explores eight Elements within the first chapter, that bring a home to life: palette, nature, textiles, lighting, a combination of old & new, storage, collections & art. In Chapter two, ten real, uncontrived homes show the style in practice, including a converted warehouse, one-bedroom studio, bijoux apartment, historic cottage, country estate, new-build barn, remote shack, period townhouse & rural retreat. Lynda’s home and airbnb properties are featured, along with Ali and Marnie’s home and a beautiful new build shed, – the home of Fran Derham, built from reclaimed wood.’

Curate is written from the heart, it’s a book that will be poured over – read and re read time and again.  A book that I will dip into not only as a useful resource but to keep me inspired and connected to what I am passionate about. Creating a well loved home that brings such joy in all it has to offer through each and every treasured item.

I can’t recommend this book highly enough, if like me you can’t resist a book of this calibre then its available to purchase here a most welcome addition to your interior book collection.


Concept, text, creative direction Ali Heath

Styling and creative direction, Lynda Gardener

Photography, Marnie Hawson. First published by Octopus Books, June 2021.

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