My 2013 Book List!

By Alison January 3, 2013 3 Comments 5 Min Read

The year I rented my first flat I also started my library of books about homemaking, housekeeping and interiors. For a long while this is what I spent my money on – books – and in the course of collection I have ended up with hundreds of beautiful coffee table odes to all that is lovely in the domestic arena.
But prowling around my bookcases last night it struck me that at some point I stopped buying the kind of books that make my heart sing and that my collection of large picture books pays tribute to the interiors of  1995 to 2005 and then dwindles significantly…
I cannot pinpoint a reason for this. Certainly my library use has increased since then and a little man called Finley seems to eat all my spare cash for breakfast. Or perhaps it is because the constant feed of images on the internet satisfies my urge for daily inspiration, not to mention the all-purveying lure of the now ubiqtuous e-reader and the one-click route to literary joy.
But I miss big lovely books. I miss sitting with the evidence of true style in my hands. Sniffing the paper and pouring over images I would die to replicate in my own home. And so this morning as I opened my January Puttery Companion and decided it was time to make my book list for 2013, I resolved to buy one beautiful interiors book every month this year so that by the end of 2013 I will have an updated shelf full of interior pretty and will be able to take a little bit of inspiration to bed with my chamomile tea
Here’s my list of  longed for books: some not yet released and some I have been yearning for, for a while…


The Vintage Tea Party Year by Angel Adoree


Junk Style by Melanie Molesworth


Liberty Love by Alexa Marcellie Abegg



Heirloom Modern

Heirloom Modern by Hollister Hovey


A Life Less Ordinary by Alex Legendre and Zoe Ellison


The Where Women Create Book of Organization by Jo Packham


decorating withwhite
Decorating With White by Gina Hyams


The New Eighteenth Century Home byMichele Lelande


Decorate Workshop by Holly Becker


The Life of a BowerBird by Sibella Court


Designers at home
Designers At Home by Ronda Rice Carman


Pretty Pastel Style by Selina Lake
Happy reading Housekeepers!


  1. Life of a Bowerbird is a fantastic title of a book about decorating. I love bowerbirds! Really, though, they are the OCD hoarders of the natural world.

  2. Patti says:

    I just ordered The Vintage Tea Party Year and I can’t wait until it arrives!

  3. Love, Mimi xxx says:

    It just so happens, that I received The Vintage Tea Party Year for Christmas twice….would you like one of my copies? xx

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