The Alchemy of Things, A New Book By Karen McCartney
Karen McCartney’s new book ‘The Alchemy of Things’ is refreshingly Australian interiors heavy. Beautifully illustrating the impact of individually curated homes, the book functions not as a styling guide or a celebration of architecture, but as an acknowledgement of the curatorial talent of creative homemakers.
In a realm that can oftentimes feel cold and commercial, this publication exudes heartfelt soul. Unhinged from protocol it’s a celebration of colour, texture, historical context – be it religion, art or artefacts – where furniture and trinkets of the most wondrous kind are all brought together to theatrical effect. These are spaces so lovingly crafted that you can imagine the rich conversation, generous laughter and unending discoveries that take place within these walls.
A labour of love by photographer Michael Wee and stylist David Harrison, the handsome pages of domesticity, from Europe to Australia, are faultless in their continuity. Entertaining readers with stories of the people who occupy, treasure, hoard and trade; a motley crew who share one essential conviction, they know what brings them joy.
‘The Alchemy Of Things’ is such a visually delightful ride. As Rodney De Soos so aptly says “Letting someone into your house is like letting them read your diary; your obsessions become apparent quite quickly”. Thank you Karen for convincing these bowerbirds to let you, and us, delve into their homes.
The Alchemy of Things by Karen McCartney is available to purchase now.
Image credits in order of appearance:
Cover – A chair and table in a green room – Geoffrey Hatty – Victoria 91
Side of two rattan and timber chairs – Tamsin Johnson – Sydney 204
Blue bedroom – Elisa Ossino – Milan 155
Wall of plates and depression furniture – Geoffrey Hatty – Victoria 100
Sofa in front of shelves filled with books – Rodney de Soos – NSW 24
Brick flooring with daybed and green cabinet – Veerle Wenes – Antwerp 84
Images and text from The Alchemy of Things by Karen McCartney, Murdoch Books, RRP $59.99. Photography by Michael Wee & Styling by David Harrison.