Christy Book Review #1 – The Shopkeeper’s Home by Caroline Rowland


We’re guilty of not taking the time to switch off from technology, reaching for a tablet instead of a book from our bedside table. In an attempt to break bad habits, “What’s On Our Bedside Table” is a great way to ensure we delve into a few chapters of something wholesome (or not) each month. This month “The Shopkeeper’s Home” by Caroline Rowland is our reading material of choice.


Caroline’s beautiful book explores the world’s best independent retailers and boutiques and their stylish homes. It’s amazing to see the cross over from home to work and the influences that have created a successful business and a happy home. The book includes homeware stores, cafes, a converted barn and even a repurposed gas station ,presented stylishly and with an individuality not often seen on the high street.

As Caroline says “we all love browsing the style pages for that peek behind closed doors to reveal a person’s home life” and she couldn’t be more right.

We thought you’d like to hear what we loved about this book…

“Decorating ideas to take home with you…”

We loved this section at the beginning of each chapter. It kept us inspired whilst perusing through the pages and having a nosy into the retailer’s shops and homes, whilst dreaming of how it could influence our own.


The stunning photography throughout the book inspired both envy and desire, as well as growing us buds of inspiration for our own shoots.

Shops Directory

If you are asking yourself “how can I…”, the last few pages of the book feature a 100 best shops directory. It displays the shops name, address and contact details from the book, plus more. It’s so handy – especially if you are visiting a certain town or country in the world and decide to go there after coveting over the items within the book.

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