I do love a non-fiction book. I haven't read any fiction since A Game of Thrones and that was... quite a few years ago now. I much prefer coffee table books that I can dip in and out of when I like. Art, photography, interior design, organisation, beauty, lifestyle — I have quite a collection going already, but I don't think you can ever have too many books.
I have included links to Amazon and Waterstones but if you can find these titles on Hive you have the option to choose an independent bookshop to support and a percentage of the money goes to them. Ideal in turbulent times like these where many independent businesses are struggling.
"This comprehensive guide covers everything from how to create more light and space to how to get a good night's sleep; the path to a perfect sofa and why a dining table is your most vital piece of furniture. Plus, how to decorate to promote joy; the importance of play (and circular side tables); your definitive capsule kitchen kit; and why your hallway is where it all starts. Combining Michelle's knowledge of Buddhist philosophy, mindfulness, colour psychology and good design, Happy Inside is your one-stop guide to living well." / Amazon, Waterstones.
"John Derian's home goods empire all started with his now-iconic collectible plates decoupaged with 19th-century artwork sourced from old and rare books, a process that credited him with elevating the decoupage technique into fine art. Over the past 25 years, the brand has expanded greatly to include home and general design gifts and products. From intensely coloured flowers and birds to curious portraits, hand-drawn letters, and breathtaking landscapes, the best of John Derian is here. The result is an oversized object of desire, a work of art in and of itself, that brilliantly walks the line between commerce and art." / Amazon, Waterstones.
"Since its founding in 1797, Zuber & Cie wallpapers' fame has spread far and wide, from King Louis Philippe awarding Jean Zuber the Legion of Honor in 1834 to Jackie Kennedy installing Zuber's "Vues de l'Amérique du Nord" in the White House. According to France Today, the company still uses the same antique woodblocks, the same paint formulas, and the same time-honoured processes to create its stunning wallpapers as it did in Jean Zuber's time." / Amazon, Waterstones.
"This Southern gentleman's beloved property in bucolic Americus, Georgia, has absorbed him for over six decades. It consists of four intimate dwellings that exemplify various southern architectural traditions - from a mid-nineteenth-century Gothic to a Palladian-inspired cottage - charming gardens, and out buildings. Gatewood shares his personal reflections on how he has created a unique world for himself tailored to his refined sensibility. Captured in thoughtful photographs, his seductive spaces illustrate a relaxed Arcadian style." / Amazon, Waterstones.
"Artist and designer Luke Edward Hall, based in London, has taken the design world by storm with his playful, nostalgic, charming, and sophisticated interiors, fabrics, ceramics, furniture, stationery, prints, drawings, and paintings. With a strong belief that his artwork, decor, and interior design convey happiness and optimism; whimsical and romantic themes and a bright colour palette are purposeful hallmarks of the wunderkind's aesthetic." / Amazon, Waterstones.
"The book begins with the most important questions of all: Who? What? When? Where? Why? and How? The aim is to answer these before you start any decorating scheme and you will avoid the most common mistakes, save money and, most importantly, create a home that works for you and the people who live there. Mad About the House: 101 Interior Design Answers is the super-practical guide that allows you to dip in and out so you can solve all your decorating dilemmas." / Amazon, Waterstones.
"Just moved into your new home? No idea where to start or what to do? Landlord won't let you paint your walls? Hate your couch but can't afford a new one? Wondering if you can paint your horrible plastic chairs? Look no further, interior design stylist and expert Joanna Thornhill will guide you through an array of design dilemmas, from minor tweaks to bigger projects. Packed with inspirational and practical advice for both homeowners and renters, this book will help you achieve a home you can be proud of, even if your office is at the end of your bed." / Amazon, Waterstones.
"In Absolutely Beautiful Things, successful designer Anna Spiro shows you how to create an interior that's just right for you. To her, it's all about the mix, not the match, and, with her help, you'll find beauty in unexpected places. She'll give you the confidence to put together a layered and very individual home using elements you love, and make you see your old belongings in a new light." / Amazon, Waterstones.
"This is a good guide for a sustainable lifestyle. It’s as simple as that. Would you like to live a bit more consciously, but don’t know how? And rather not put much time, money or effort into it? Then this is the book for you. It’s filled with practical and positive tips regarding fashion, beauty, food, home, work and leisure, and shows that stylish and sustainable go very well together. And especially that it’s about good, not perfect: about smart choices, doing what you can and what suits you. With this modern handbook, sustainable fashion and lifestyle expert Marieke Eyskoot makes green and ethical living fun and doable." / Amazon, Waterstones.