There are so many good books out there, it’s impossible to know sometimes where to start. I was sent ‘ The Shopkeeper’s Home ‘ by Caroline Rowland ( who by coincidence, I was introduced to last week at the Awards ) to review and was kind of intrigued by the title. For a start the word ‘ Shopkeeper ‘ sounds lovely and vintage and ‘ Home ‘ immediately got me interested. Because I’m a bit nosey like that. Especially when it’s about some of the ” World’s Best Independent Retailers and their Stylish Homes “.
The good news is …. actually, there is only good news. This book is fabulous. It’s also pretty meaty in terms of volume ( I sat for ages and read it with one of my new Wedgewood cup and saucers from my Amara Winner’s Goody Bag ) … and couldn’t put it down until it was finished.
For the introduction – there is lots of advice and information on styling a home or shop, flooring, lighting, textiles and colour stories ( favourite section .. check out the yellow home belonging to shop owner Danni Hong ). It’s really easy to follow and the imagery draws you in immediately – lots of colour and eclectic spaces to wet your appetite.
What I love especially about this book is the layout. The main focus being the shopkeepers work and then their home spaces – it flows really well and makes you want to turn the page to see more .. and more.
It really makes you think about the creator behind each of these shops and it’s interesting how there is often a crossover from each persons shop to their home style. Although sometimes the homes are a slightly more serene version. Which is inevitable, I guess. The main thing they all appear to have in common is a love of aesthetics, whether they sell homeware, coffee and cakes, sewing notions or clothes. Every shop featured is full of passion and individual personality. Having had a store myself once – I know how much goes in to the thought process and wanting it to feel homely for your customers. So many aspects to consider.
Throughout the Shopkeeper’s Home, there are pockets of inspiration and suggestions on how to decorate, display and source items with loads of images.
I won’t tell you anymore as it might spoil it for you, if you want to buy it !
I honestly can’t recommend the Shopkeeper’s Home enough. It’s stunning, really well curated, the quality of paper is lovely and it’s a hardback. Not bad at all for £25.
Are you a book lover too ? What do you love to read ? Leave me a comment under this post or tweet me @lucylovesyablog ….would love to hear your thoughts :)
I was sent this book to review. All opinions my own.