While the introduction of more visual social media sites like Pinterest and Instagram have set an impressive precedent when it comes to browsing inspiring home interiors, there’s still nothing quite like flicking through your favourite tomes or photo-filled interiors magazines on a lazy Sunday afternoon. With dog-eared pages, ribbon markers and perfectly placed post-its, they’re the perfect companion for creating interior mood boards filled with covetable styles and citing what’s achievable (and within budget!) for our own homes.
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Seeing how others have decorated their living room, the paint they have chosen for their bedroom or how they have made the most of a small and awkward space, provides us with a wealth of inspiration that we can implement within our own homes. Everybody – from interior designers to bloggers and stylists – get their ideas from somewhere. It’s how you adapt these ideas to match your personal style and put your own individual stamp on them though, that really helps to make your house a home.
While there is an increasing demand for digital platforms to provide an infinite reel of inspiration, the enduring nature of the hardback continues too. Books boast an invaluable amount of inspiration – and they’re perfect for dipping into when you embark on the revival and decoration of a new room. Finding one that suitably fits the bill (and complements your style) can be tricky though. Below are a few that we think you’ll find useful – and that will, no doubt, take pride of place on your coffee table before long!
#1 Making a House your Home
The essential guide to modern day homemaking
From the hugely popular interiors writer, stylist and editor, comes a beautifully visual guide filled to the brim with tips, tricks and secrets to implement in your home. Nolan takes the reader through every room and offers advice on ‘How to be a more considered shopper’ and ‘Making the most of what you’ve got’. She includes tips for thrift shopping – with hints on what to look out for – together with colour advice and clever crafting ideas.
1,000 inspirational design ideas for every room in your house
From the hugely popular writer and founder behind the award-winning blog, Decor8, this interiors compendium has already sold more than 100k copies globally. A true testament to its content, it brings together the quirky and creative advice of both interior designers and influencers in the field. Using mood boards and floor plans to help you evaluate your space and establish your own style, it offers attainable advice including how to renovate every room in your home and useful finishing touches to implement.
#3 Decorating with Style
Speedy tips, savvy tricks & cool ideas to transform your home
Renowned for her exuberant and eclectic style, Abigail Ahern’s Decorating with Style is filled with her signature dark and rich interiors style. Offering a wonderful array of inspiring images with sketched room designs and DIY craft ideas, it has a distinct vintage/60’s feel running throughout – perfect if you’re thinking about a room renovation and looking for something a little different.
#4 Couture Prairie
and flea market treasures
Often hailed as the entrepreneur who began the world-renowned shabby-chic movement, Rachel Ashwell offers an insight here into her Texan B&B (with a number of simply awe-inspiring barns included) together with her unique and beautiful finds sourced from antique and flea markets all over the world. If you’re inspired by that unfinished, slightly whimsical and pretty pastel look, Couture Prairie will fill you with endless inspiration.
#5 The Shopkeeper’s Home
The world’s best independent retailers and their stylish homes
From the founder and editor of the online publication, 91 Magazine, Caroline Rowland takes the reader on an inspiring journey through the homes and stores of more than 30 independent retailers. From vintage emporiums to craft and homeware stores, she treks the globe from Melbourne to LA and Stockholm to Paris, to provide us with a fascinating and inspiring insight into how these shopkeepers’ style their homes and stores. Filled with quirky and creative interior design ideas – from lighting advice to storage and display suggestions – it’s the perfect title for those who find inspiration in the homes of real people.