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Required Reading: Living Life Beautifully

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by Christine Chang Hanway last modified Mar 27, 2014

Christina Strutt, co-founder of the English housewares and fashion line Cabbages and Roses, is an advocate for beauty, simplicity, timelessness, integrity, and sustainability. Her just-published book  Living Life Beautifully  presents a collection of friends' houses that are all about creating harmonious spaces where life and work mingle. A common theme of aesthetic utility runs throughout the pages, feeding our own fantasies of a life filled with well-organized closets and freshly laundered (and folded) linens. "All I ever really wanted was to create something built not just around an idea, but a real life," Strutt says. Have a look at some examples from the book in which order and clean laundry coincide. Photography by Simon Brown , unless otherwise noted.  Above: Hooks on a wall and open shelves mean a corner of any room can be turned into a linen cupboard or closet. A wooden clothes drying rack can also be used as a casual clothing rack. See  10 Easy Pieces: Freestanding Wooden Clothing Racks  for 10 of our favorites.  Above: At Brook Cottage, Strutt's country home near Bath, a treehouse that was built for her children 20 years ago, became a place of work for her (and received a coat of white paint). It's currently used as a place of repose and a small shelf with hooks holds the necessities for the occasional cup of tea.   Above: In the her Wiltshire cottage, Maureen Doherty—founder of  Egg in Knightsbridge , one of our favorite places to browse and shop in London—hangs her laundry to dry in her favorite room, the one where her grandsons stay when they come to visit.  0 0 1 51 292 SAY Media 2 1 342 14.0 Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US; mso-fareast-language:JA;} Above: Strutt turns the concept of a linen closet into a vehicle for display in her  Cabbages and Roses shop in Chelsea.  Above: Hooks transform stairs into a place for easy and accessible storage. Above: Strutt's design assistant, Violet Buchanan, moved vintage shelves from the Cabbages and Roses shop into her own home, giving them a new function as a shoe rack.  Above: Living Life Beautifully  by Christina Strutt, photographed  by   Simon Brown ,  is  published by Ryland Peters and Small; $28.91.  The book is available in the UK through Amazon ; £25. Photograph by Christine Chang Hanway.  Longing for an orderly laundry setup? Have a look at Julie's lineup of  Laundry Room Essentials . And on Gardenista, a DIY Instant Tool Shed can help you organize your outdoor life. Go to Required Reading for more of our favorite books—and don't miss Remodelista: A Manual for the Considered Home !






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