On the coffee table: books to read this May
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Let there be light, breathing green and reading London’s architecture, here’s what you should be reading for interiors inspiration this month
Niki Brantmark, £19.99, Cico Books
As winter transitions into spring, the Scandinavian concept of hygge, you might think, would be going out of fashion. Hardly, since Scandinavian style is harboured on the sense of light and space. In this work by Niki Brantmark, the blogger explores the lifestyle reflected in northern European homes, from minimalist designs to bohemian concepts. Designs are varied according to location in chapters from Urban Living to Rural Retreats and Country Homes which reflect the varied pace of life in their aestheti designs. This book demonstrates how to draw inspiration from pared-back northern designs to create an interior which is as much an escape as it is a functional home.
Ian Drummond & Kara O’Reilly, £20, Mitchell Beazley
Unusual plants are all the rage at the moment, and with creative interior planting being something not many of us know about, this book will reveal all about the art of interior decorating using plants. Think bringing the outside inside with hanging baskets, herb pots and windowsill dressing. The book includes how-to tips on where to place your plants, practical care advice and inspiration to transform the look of your home. Ian Drummond is a local Camden resident and creative director of a leading interior landscape company, exhibiting many a time at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Chris Rogers, £9.99, Ivy Press
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If you walk through London and adore, but know little about, its architecture, this work is for you. Chris Rogers reveals the evolution of the cityscape by guiding you through the domestic, civic and commercial architecture of the built environment, and provides a history lesson along the way. Beginning 2000 years in the past, the book takes us on a tour through the enterprising building developments of the city, from Classical townhouses to mediaeval homes, Victorian crescents and Tudor enclaves. This book is the coffee-table guide to knowing our city.
Carolyn Dunster, £20, Frances Lincoln
North London resident Carolyn Dunster trained with Jane Packer and now operates her floristry, Simply Roses in Holloway. Having won the People’s Choice Award at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show for her small cutting garden, Dunster is a mastermind in colourful garden designs for small, urban spaces. This book guides you through the art of what to grow, when to grow it and how to create local, seasonal blooms and berries.
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