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Reading list: our new favourite books | homestyle
Individual by Jessica Bellef (Allen & Unwin, $55) A woman after our own heart, stylist and author Jessica Bellef is as interested in the unique lives lived in the dwellings she’s discovered as she is in the buildings themselves. Her first book is a personality-filled tour of 15 autobiographical Australian homes that reflect their owners’ inclinations. Reading like good chats with good friends, some highlights include David, who lives in a shared flat, yet has cultivated an interior rich with pieces that conjure memories of tenants past and present; Sarah and Phil, whose place is peppered with pieces of pottery and glass uncovered on the grounds of their historic cottage; Annie and Genevieve, who built their home with straw bales and reclaimed materials; and Gab and Mick, who like yellow and red so much they splashed the colours onto their walls. Slipped between the homes are takeaway tips that’ll help you create your own singular spaces, including ways to stamp your story on a rental, and how not to let kids and pets dictate your décor. In …