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In White Rooms, best-selling author Karen McCartney and design expert David Harrison, working with internationally renowned photographer Richard Powers, present a comprehensive guide to using white in the home. From the architect-designed to the appealingly rustic, white is seen in its multitude of shades, combinations and possibilities.
The book visits individual homes from Sao Paulo to the South of France, all with diverse decorating philosophies but each showing, in depth, the way in which white acts as the foundation of their style. As well, chapters devoted to every room in the house, and outdoor areas, illustrate the many ways in which white can be used effectively. A ‘working with white’ section at the back of the book offers tips, including the most suitable types of paint to use, and how best to deal with large spaces.
About the Authors
Karen McCartney has a wealth of experience in the areas of design, art and architecture. From an Honours degree in the History of Art & English from University College London, and her first job on British magazine Art Monthly, Karen has written for British Elle Decoration and The World of Interiors. Here in Australia she edited Marie Claire Lifestyle and was founding editor of interiors magazine Inside Out where she held the position for 10 years. During her time at News Corp Australia highlights include the successful relaunch of Country Style and the development and launch of the body&soul website. In 2012 she led News Corporation Australia’s push for greater content relevant to women. Karen is now editorial director of online retailer Temple & Webster. She has published two successful architecture books on iconic Australian houses, and has curated an exhibition on the subject for Sydney Living Museums.
David Harrison, a Sydney-based design journalist and stylist, has been contributing to Australian interiors magazines since 1999 and has seen his work published in numerous titles including Belle, Vogue Living, Real Living, Inside Out, Habitus, Design Quarterly and The Weekend Australian magazine. He also contributes to Indesignlive and the Powerhouse Museum’s D*Hub blog.
After many years reporting on the Milan Furniture Fair, he developed the Design Daily blog (designdaily.com.au) where he posts on global and local design trends. It is subscribed to by design aficionados worldwide.
In this book he brings his knowledge of design detail, how spaces work, the way furniture and artwords contribute to the success of a space and the practical aspects of working with white interiors.