Nina’s reading tips: home interiors and styling books

Do you love flicking through a beautiful book full of pretty homes and interiors? So do I. There is just something nice and wholesome about an actual printed book on your coffee table, rather than scrolling through millions of images on a screen. I love buying books by interior stylists or about certain topics like midcentury design, to brush up on my knowledge. The nice thing about these books is that they also make rather pretty and thoughtful gifts for fellow design enthusiasts amongst your friends (Christmas anyone?).

This month I am recommending a few books by stylists who I have been following on social media for quite a while now and whose style I really like, plus a book on beautiful styling with plants. Enjoy reading!

1. Styled. Secrets for Arranging Rooms, from Tabletops to Bookshelves, Emily Henderson

Emily Henderson is a rather charming home and lifestyle blogger based in California (www.stylebyemilyhenderson.com). She seems down to earth, friendly & fun and honest and has a great flair for styling and decorating. I get very inspired by her eclectic but beautiful mixing of vintage and new. ”Perfection is boring. Let’s get weird” she says in her tagline, and I can very much sympathise with that!

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Her best-seller book Styled is the ultimate guide to thinking like a stylist, with 1,000 design ideas for creating the most beautiful, personal, and liveable rooms. She also uses a lot of vintage in her styling, which of course makes it all the better. The book shows you ten easy steps to styling any space and teaches you how to edit out what you don’t love to repurposing what you can’t live without and how to arrange the most eye-catching displays on any surface. ”Even a few little tweaks can transform the way your room feels”… now that is some helpful, practical advice right there.

A hardcover copy of Styled is available on Amazon for £17.00
Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms, from Tabletops to Bookshelves


2. Urban Jungle: Living and Styling with Plants, Igor Josifovic and Judith de Graaff

House plants have really made a comeback in recent years and they sure make a room look good. I love them, even though it is an upward struggle to keep them lalive sometimes. This beautiful thick book from the founders of the Urban Jungle Bloggerscommunity is a resource full of stunning inspirational photos and endless styling ideas, making you want to rush straight out and buy some greenery. It guides the reader through different ‘green’ homes in five European countries and shows how beautiful, unique, creative and even artistic living with plants can be. The book also offers easy help for taking care of the plants, which is a bonus.

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A hardcover copy of Urban Jungle is available for £17.00 on Amazon
Urban Jungle: Living and Styling with Plants


3. The Scandinavian Home: Interiors inspired by light, Niki Brantmark

Oh, you can’t beat Scandinavian styling, now can you? Although I find some of the interiors in this book a bit too monochrome (I like colour!), they are absolutely beautiful. White or white washed flooring, white walls, blond wood furniture, vintage finds, black and grey accents, contemporary art, you get the idea. And light, plenty of light, which is the main focus in this book by Niki Brantmark. And I guess that’s what the Scandinavians have in common with Scotland, where I currently live: there is not a lot of it half of the year, so we better make the the daylight we do get.

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Nature and the weather are major influences in Scandinavia: homes are made warm and cosy for the freezing winter months – not just literally with log burners, but also through incorporating wood and natural materials. In her book, Niki Brantmark, owner of the interior design blog My Scandinavian Home, presents a wide-ranging collection of these beautiful homes and explores how the Scandinavian lifestyle is reflected in them all.

A hardcover of  is available on Amazon for £15.99
The Scandinavian Home: Interiors inspired by light

The beauty of midcentury modern sideboards

Midcentury modern sideboards are timeless classic pieces that add sophistication to any interior. Most sideboards are produced in teak and teak veneer, but sometimes you come across some beauties in Rosewood too. The warmth and look of rosewood can look incredible against a minimalist decor.

 

 

Midcentury modern sideboards are popular additions to interiors from people who are design-conscious and are looking for something with style as well as a story and a bit of ‘soul’. Well known brands from the 1950s and 1960s are G-plan, McIntosh and the more upmarket manufacturer Troeds of Sweden.

Books on midcentury modern furniture

Modern Originals : At Home with MidCentury European Designers.50,50 €

This gorgeously photographed volume features the under-published private spaces of both the icons and unknown vanguards of European mid-century architecture and design. In keeping with the functional beauty of mid-century design, Handcrafted Modern: Europe presents the innovative homes by some of the most compelling and influential European mid-century designers, including Le Corbusier, Robin and Lucienne Day, and Gae Aulenti, to name a few. BUY

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Mid-Century Modern : Interiors, Furniture, Design Details. Bradley Quinn 27,58 €

The 1950s house was a scientific triumph. It had been designed in a laboratory and tested on inhabitants of all ages before being built for the masses. Never had the home been so contemporary – antiques and period styles were banished for an entire decade as householders concentrated on achieving a complete ‘look’ for the home. Mid-Century Modern explores the interior decor of this time, concentrating on all aspects of a home’s decoration – walls, flooring, surfaces, lighting and, of course, furniture. BUY

MIDCENTURY MODERN BOOK