While we’re all cooped up indoors, we thought we’d ask our team to share their recommendations for keeping busy at home. Our Creative & Content Manager, Emma is a real bookworm, so we asked her to share her favourite interior-based books, including what’s currently on her reading pile and what she has on her wish-list. If you’re looking to get stuck into a good non-fiction book that might inspire you to do a little bit of nature-inspired DIY or brush up on your floristry skills, check out Emma’s recommendations below. And keep your eyes peeled – we have more Rose & Grey recommendations coming soon!
If you’re hoping to slow down and rediscover the meaning of ‘home’ during these uncertain times, Kinfolk has always dedicated its publications to this mentality. The Kinfolk Home coffee table book takes a look inside the homes of some of the most stylish people in the world, focusing on interiors that support community, simplicity and slow living. It may not be the time for a full renovation but there are plenty of inspirational photos inside this book that may give you ideas for simple changes you can easily make.
Working at Rose & Grey, it’s no wonder that I’m obsessed with all things Nordic. This book is one of my favourite resources for all things Scandinavian, sharing pages full of design inspiration. I particularly love the sections that interview stylish Nordic people about their homes, as well as the profiles of some of my favourite high-end Scandinavian interiors brands. I frequently flick through this book, planning future adventures to the Nordic countries based on architecture that I’d like to see in person.
I absolutely adore flowers and often think I’d love to be a florist. For now I’m happy with styling our dried and faux flowers for Rose & Grey photo shoots! I have a huge pile of books dedicated to floristry at home but this recent purchase is my favourite. It’s a beautifully presented love letter to flowers, created by American florist Amy Merrick. The book is filled with anecdotes from Amy’s journey through floristry, alongside her top tips for styling flowers and endless pages of her stunning photography.
I love the idea of simple living, so this book by Australian interior stylist, Natalie Walton caught my eye. Inside this book, Natalie steps inside 15 homes from all around the world to find out what makes us happy about the spaces that we live in. Alongside the inspiring photographs of the featured homes, there are chapters offering advice for topics such as priorities, balance and beauty. You’ll have plenty of interiors envy reading this, but will hopefully take away plenty of inspiration for your own home.
This beautifully presented coffee table tome curates a selection of stylish homes that all use foraged, salvaged and recycled objects to enhance their interiors. If you’re on a low budget at the moment and hoping to spruce up your home, there are plenty of ideas in this book that involve spending no money at all. The book is split into four sections (Coastal, Rural, Wild and Urban) that offer up inspiration from other people’s homes, giving you ideas no matter where you live.
I first stumbled upon this cosy inn, tucked away in the Catskills in North America via Instagram. I fell in love with the rustic, simple interiors of Foxfire Mountain House and immediately added the B&B to my list of places I would love to one day stay. I was delighted to discover that they had a book and love to curl up on the sofa reading this when I’m in need of cheering up. Filled with stunning photography, the book talks through the renovations of the inn, offering advice for creating your own story of your own home. Throughout the book there are kitchen pantry recipes, simple DIYs and lots of thoughtful advice for everything from sourcing materials to choosing paint colours.
This book is basically my bible! Filled with beautiful photographs, it’s a seasonal guide to getting in touch with nature. It’s conveniently divided up into four chapters that represent each season, sharing tips for growing, cooking, beauty, home living and exploring the wilderness for each season. Anyone who is currently harbouring plans of growing their own vegetables, foraging food to cook seasonal dishes (the elderflower champagne recipe is at the top of my list!) or thinking of starting a new craft should pick this up.
No book shelf is ever complete. Here is my current list of books about the home and garden that I’m currently coveting …