Review: Mr Jason Grant’s A Place Called Home
I was eagerly awaiting the launch of A Place Called Home by Sydney stylist Mr Jason Grant for quite a while – and for many reasons. Firstly, how refreshing to see a home decor book my a male! Secondly, I had seen the front cover of the book splashed over social media and it alone had spoken to me (I have that storage box, I love decorating with red and I adore using pegs to display photos!) Lastly, he’s uniquely Australian; what’s not to love about a local lad whose spent years working with popular magazines, now releasing a book that chronicles his favourite things?
Jason declares not too far into the book just how much he loves colour. Well, I’m sold! I have a personal aversion to all things beige so flicking through pages on utilising bright hues was a particular standout for me. Not only does he encourage the use of bright colours, he demonstrates through some breathtaking pictures just how to get the combinations right. “Your home should be a happy place,” he states in his chapter ‘Fun with Colour’. I couldn’t agree more!
My bedroom has been a particular sticking point for me of late, so the chapter on ‘Bedroom Bliss’ was rather helpful in giving me ideas to create the perfect sanctuary. It is, as Jason says, the first thing you see when you wake up and the last thing you see when you go to sleep at night. “Treat yourself to great bed linen” he suggests, and “have a favourite cosy blanket”. The chapter also tackles the change of seasons, layering appropriately and using colour to set mood.
When it comes to the kitchen, MJG displays a wide range of ideas. I am in love with the notion of putting everything out on display and making a real event out of dinner time. “Use anything and everything to set the table your own way”. The pictures in this section inspire me to have friends over more, adopting a more relaxed approach to a dinner party and using personalised items to create a sense of warmth. Don’t you just love the little breakfast scene above?
There are many other chapters in this book, covering everything from storage to outdoors to first impressions and finishing touches. What I find the most charming about it, though, are the somewhat never-ending ideas and concepts that present themselves as you flick through. I appreciate that it is not overly wordy, that it doesn’t shove design rules in the reader’s face and that it allows the individual to go on their own journey and let their own imagination be awakened through some stunning scenery and styling.
I also like that you get a sense for who Jason is by the end of the book, through his scattering of ‘favourite things’ throughout the chapters. I was also quite chuffed that the book was personalised just for me on the inside. Yes, that always helps!
Check out the Mr Jason Grant website for more info on this book and the man behind it.