The Shopkeeper’s Home: Book Review

22.10.15

It’s always an incredible honour when my images are featured in print, but there’s something about having your work in a book that is very exciting and incredibly gratifying. I have had work featured in several issues of Caroline Rowland’s lovely 91 Magazine, but when she contacted me a while back asking whether she could use some images I took of an Amsterdam shop Harvest & Company for her book, my heart leapt a little in my chest. Several months down the line, I am thrilled not only to have a copy of her book The Shopkeeper’s Home in my hands, but to see my own work on it’s pretty pages. If you have a penchant for collected interiors and peeking into the home’s of the people who run some of the world’s most lovely independent shops, then this is the book for you. Below, some of my favourite shots from the book and a couple of the ones I took that feature in there too!

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The book’s author, Caroline, is the founding editor of the online publication 91 Magazine and the blog Patchwork Harmony. Her love of vintage and design led her to write this book and you can see from each page how much love and and passion for the subject she poured into this project. She has a true affection for collected spaces that rely heavily on antique, vintage and industrial elements so it’s no surprise that the interiors and shops she hand selected to feature in  her book share a connection to these styles.

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“Stepping inside a beautiful shop often sets the heart aflutter – the anticipation of what you might find, followed by the lovely buzz of retail therapy. But above all, it is a chance to gather style inspiration from the shop surroundings as you explore each and every corner.”

What you will find in this book are not only images of the shops and homes of more than 30 stylish independent lifestyle retailers, but a myriad of decorating tips – from displaying collections to furniture and lighting ideas- and advice based on elements found within the featured shopkeeper’s homes. The shops featured in the book span the globe, from the United States, England and Europe to Australia and New Zealand. Side note: after a recent trip to Marrakech where I spent days buying and adoring the beautiful textiles, the above image of those rugs is sending my heart into a complete frenzy!

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Some of the shops featured include Oh Hello Friend in Los Angeles, Dusty Deco in Stockholm, Empire Vintage in Melbourne, Adeline Klam in Paris, Room to Dream in Munich, Father Rabbit in Auckland, as well as Sukha and Harvest and Co. in Amsterdam, all accompanied by stunning photography. At the back of the book, you’ll find a directory of 100 inspiring interiors boutiques world wide, including lifestyle shops, vintage shops, cafe shops, homewares shops and craft shops.

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It’s a good read, guys, I can’t lie. It feeds the interior lover/shopper’s soul in a bunch of different ways, covering vintage, industrial, contemporary and cool, a ton of excellent interior advice and inspiring shops I want to jump on a plane for, all in 224 pages of pure lovely.

Big thank you to Caroline and her publishers, Jacqui Small, for including my work in this beautiful publication. And my deep compliments to you, Caroline, for a gorgeous book!

Grab a copy of The Shopkeeper’s Home over on Amazon. See more of the Harvest & Co. shop tour I photographed here.

Holly x

Photographs courtesy of Jacqui Small Publishing House

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