Our top five interiors books

Our top five interiors books


Interiors books rank up there with my favourite way to pass a lazy hour with a coffee and lets face it they also look great piled up on a coffee table. A book that doubles as an interior accessory is a win win in my opinion. There are so many great ones out there, I picked out my top 5 for you.

1. Mad About The House – Kate Watson-Smyth


If I'm being totally honest, I bought this book because it looks so fab adorning  Instagram photos with its gorgeous nude pink cover. However, taking a little time to actually read it’s pages revealed so much more than just a pretty face. There are so many practical and applicable tips in this book for decorating your own home. Just a quick flick through journalist and blogger Kate’s Instagram will give you an idea of her style credentials. I LOVE and fully recommend this book. Also expect to see it in 90% of my Instagram photos from now on!

2. Apartment Therapy’s Big Book of Small Cool Spaces


As you know we are all about small spaces over here at Urbansize so Apartment Therapy has a special place in our hearts for it’s focus on apartment living. Expect to find amazing inspiration for small spaces and ingenious solutions to living in a small space. My favourite part is that all of the spaces are from real life spaces where people actually live and not just a beautifully styled magazine shoot. On top of that there are tips for every room on how to maximise the feeling of space.

3. Beautifully Small: Clever Ideas for Compact Spaces – Sara Emslie


Dedicated to the optimisation of small spaces, this book is a fantastic showcase of small but beautifully designed spaces. Maybe I love it because it follows the same ethos that I do, plan plan plan the space before you even start to think about furniture and décor. There are lots of practical tips on how to do this and then lots of inspiring small spaces to show how those ideas can be put into practice. Practical and beautiful! Exactly what I like.

4. Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms from Tabletops to BookShelves


If you are an Instagram addict like me then you probably already follow interior stylist Emily Henderson and drool over her beautifully arranged interriors. This books breaks it all down into simple manageable steps for anyone to style their home and find their own look and personality. This is the icing on the cake part of home décor. Once you’ve planned your space and got your furniture in, grab this book and start re-arranging like a pro.

5. The Little Book of Hygge


For me, this is just a happy little book. It breaks down the Danish concept and covers more than just our homes. We love all things scandivanivan style over here at Urbansize and it is a huge design influence on our furniture. Hygge has become a big ‘trend’ in interiors but has been embraced more widely for it’s ability to help us take pleasure in the small things in life. A quick read through this book will remind you to slow down and appreciate things for what they are. My favourite part of this book is the ‘hygge wishlist’ – 10 things that will make your home more hygellig. I'm working on my hyggekrog as we speak (a nook where you cuddle up at the end of the day with a blanket!).

So grab one of these inspiring reads and get cosied up for an hour of indulgent reading. You won’t regret it! Share with us your favourite interiors books, we love discovering new ones.





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