Victorian Modern

Jo Leevers and Rachael Smith

The perfect design handbook for anyone who lives in a Victorian home, placing period features and 19th-century design in context and exploring how today’s designers are adapting these houses in innovative ways for contemporary lifestyles.

Loved for their period character, Victorian homes aren’t always suited to modern living. Victorian Modern is the ultimate design bible to help you make sense of those inherited quirks and features, showing how leading designers and creative homeowners are turning their own homes into contemporary showstoppers.

The book comprises seven chapters, organized according to how we use our homes: dining, cooking, entertaining, sleeping, bathing, working and transitional areas, such as hallways. Each chapter explains how the Victorians designed and decorated these spaces, before moving on to their modern interpretations. Inside are plenty of tips, tricks and inspiration for transforming your 19th-century home into a light-filled modern one, ready for the 21st century.

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Published 25 May 2023 by Thames & Hudson
£30 Hardback
ISBN: 978-0500024041

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Jo Leevers is an interiors writer, stylist and author. She has written for World of Interiors, Homes & Gardens, Livingetc and Elle Decoration, the Telegraph and Observer newspapers, and magazines in Europe, the US and Australia.

Rachael Smith is a renowned interiors and portrait photographer; she regularly contributes to many of the UK’s leading newspaper supplements and luxury lifestyle magazines.

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