Today’s creative crowd is comprised of an ever growing array of personalities with different skills. Designers, writers, photographers, artists, crafters, artisans, bloggers – and shopkeepers. Independent retailers have been emerging all around the world over the past few years opening little gems where retailing is not an impersonal experience in spaces with grid floor plans to maximize profitability. Instead these creatives have opened shops that reflect their personalities, aesthetics and their drive to enrich our daily lives with pretty goods. My friend, fellow blogger and magazine editor Caroline Rowland has written a new book entitled ‘The Shopkeeper’s Home’ which will hit the shelves tomorrow.
The brand new book ‘The Shopkeeper’s Home’, published by Jacqui Small, takes us to the world’s best independent retailers and their stylish homes on more than 220 pages. It is a wonderful and pretty affordable way of a satisfying retail therapy that takes us from the United States over England to New Zealand – without any financial burden. You will pick kitchenalia at Atomic Garden on the US West Coast, select vintage items at Empire Vintage in Melbourne and choose Scandi design at Munich based Room to Dream (by coincidence this store is run by one of my friends here in Munich – and I blogged about it HERE).
The book is more than just a mere shop guide for design aesthetes. It is structured in two big sections: the first quarter is all about decorating ideas applicable to both, retail spaces as well as private homes. The second part is all about the cool shopkeepers at home and at work. You will discover their beautifully curated shops as well as their intimate abodes filled with carefully selected pieces reflecting their own personality and individuality.
With ‘The Shopkeeper’s Home’ Caroline manages to trigger a plethora of feelings in her readers: you will be craving trips to the featured shops, you will want to invite yourself to the shopkeepers’ homes and you will feel inspired to tackle your own redecorating project that you have been procrastinating for so long. Now all that comes in one book. And it can be yours as of tomorrow! Happy reading!
Photography courtesy of Jacqui Small