BOOKS: HOME & DESIGN
It’s no secret that Aslan and I are obsessed with all things interiors. A few weeks back I uploaded a video called ‘Welcome to My Home’ to my YouTube channel and the response that we received was overwhelmingly positive. As it turns out, you guys love seeing little snippets of our home, so I thought it was only right that for this book week I give you an insight into some of the books that we turn to for interior design inspiration.
I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes, it’s nice to be nosey. Alexander Onderwater’s book ‘Where They Create’ includes pages and pages of behind the scenes shots of artist’s studios and office spaces, which means I can get a rare glimpse into these creative environments from the comfort of my own sofa. I love to see how different artists work and what they surround themselves with to get inspired. I find it so fascinating to see how they curate their own idea of the perfect working environment. This book will be a permanent fixture on my shelves for many years to come. One of my favourites for sure!
This book pretty much does exactly what it says on the tin. With its pages full of beautiful imagery of the most gorgeous of homes from all over the globe, ‘The Monocle Guide to Cosy Homes’ provides us with a guide of the best cities, villages and coastal areas to settle down and build your nest. From a London Mews, to a Spanish hideaway, this book gives us a peek into some of the world’s most stylish of spaces. Keep this one on your coffee table or give it as a gift.
You guys know that I love to collect quirky knick knacks, my office is the one room in the house where I can go wild and fill it with all the things that I love, so I’ve found myself falling head over heels in love with this book. It’s full of images of the most interesting of spaces and gives you innovative ideas on the endless amount of ways that you can decorate your living space. This is the book that makes me realise that although minimalism may look good, for me it’s just not as fun as surrounding yourself with beautiful bits and bobs. This one’s a winner.
‘The Design Book’
If you’re into iconic furniture, this is the book for you. ‘The Design Book’ showcases 500 of the most innovative and influential objects of our time and talks about how they have shaped our society. Covering not only classic pieces of furniture, Aslan and I love to flick through this book whenever we need some interiors inspiration, this is definitely our go-to.
In Danish, the word ‘hygge’ is used to describe the notion of enjoying life’s simple pleasures; friends, family and graciousness. How cute is that? In this day and age, its very easy to forget to stop and smell the roses and sometimes we just need a little kick to remind us to do so. ‘The Book of Hygge’ focuses more on lifestyle than interiors, but I wanted to include it in this weeks blog post because it reminds us to enjoy the homes that we live in and the people that we share it with. This book is jam packed with examples of some of life’s most simple yet rewarding pleasures and tells us that it’s important to take the time to slow down and appreciate every single one of them. Whether it’s enjoying a meal around the table with the people you love, baking a fresh loaf of bread or spending an hour digging in the flowerbed, each one of these simple activities evoke a sense of hygge. I’m a big believer in the idea that the best things in life are free and this is a book that instills my faith in that belief. This is a must-read for sure.
If like us, you’re a lover of all-things-Scandi, this book is for you. ‘Northern Delights’ is full of stunning photos of the most beautiful environments from all over the world. Even if you’re not all that into interior design, this book should be a permanent fixture on your coffee table. It’s the book for getting Nordic design inspo and if I only had to recommend ONE of these books, it would be this one. Perfection.