Working in an art and design bookshop I am constantly coming across new and very exciting books. We primarily stock books on interior design, furniture, decorative arts and architecture (if you like country houses, you must give Potterton and visit) and I do sometimes get a spare moment to have a quick browse.I was already a big country house and architecture fan, but interior design is a fairly new interest for me and I keep coming across all sorts of delights, so thought I would share some of them with you.Alice xxxI am a big Ben Pentreath fan, this is his most recent book. I love his slightly eclectic country house style with splashes of contrasting colours, geometric patterns and a bit of ikat thrown in here and there.This book is too great, every bathroom imaginable, your perfect one is just waiting to be found.A really fun book - English people share their retreats, and their treasured objects within. It's got Benedict on the cover too, definitely a winner.If you are new to textiles, Neisha is a great place to start, and if you haven't discovered Neisha now is the time, her first book is full of her unusual geometric patterns in sumptuous colours and fabrics.Paola is an Italian interior designer, this is her first book, edited with Editor-in-Chief of Surface Magazine, Spencer Bailey. It's vibrant and fun and the bright photos give a really good insight into Paola's intriguing and bold style.I want to live in one of these. Contemporary residential architecture in Europe, all designed with sustainable and green elements.Bright and fun interiors in Spain and the USA, with tropical foliage and sunshine, some really wonderful holiday home ideas.You can both visit and stay in all the houses in this book, a fascinating look at country houses and retreats in Ireland.If you are buying a house and are thinking about how to decorate it, this is a great book for inspiration. Interior designers and their interiors, I particularly like Black & Spiro.One of my favourite country house books, it explains the architecture and interiors of eighteenth century country houses from the perspective of how they were lived in.A fascinating look at Ann Getty's rich interiors, an amazing style, she has it all, and you might notice a well-known painting or two in situ.A really interesting study on Cecil Beaton as interior designer, this has an amazing array of images of his life and the houses he lived in, with a whole chapter on the Circus Bedroom.And the gardens that go with some of the best country houses, this book is beautifully laid out and will leave you wanting to visit all these gardens.
Over the last couple of months I have been working at Potterton Books 📚 in Chelsea.I have worked in all sorts of shops, but working in a bookshop 📚 has been by far the most enjoyable experience, mainly I think, because of the people 👧👦👴who come to visit.People who visit bookshops are often on a personal mini quest. Once through the door, their exploration 🔭 begins, not yet knowing what they will discover, but firm in the knowledge that there will be all sorts of delights 💖. In they come and browse in the hushed silence, getting lost in all sorts of tomes, moving from one title to the next, and discovering new authors and new topics. They will by chance find a book 📘 on something they have long been interested in, or come across a really good yarn not yet read, there is always something to pique the interest.And often the people who visit have stories to tell, the lady who has worked for 20 years designing television adverts 📺 and comes in for inspiration, the vintage car enthusiast 🚗, always popping in to see if we have any new exciting titles, the interior designer 🎨who pops around the corner from Pimlico Road.And often people just come in for a chat 👧. I like the way they feel they can come and sit for a little while in the shop and share their stories and I never quite know what to expect. Dogs are very welcome too 🐾🐩😊 and we might even make you a cup of tea ☕️.We are an art and design 🎨bookshop 📚, but we specialise in other books too, vintage and new, and we have all sorts - the latest garden 🌳design book, a new children's 🚂 book, an out of print vintage cookery book 🍴. We also represent a number of artists and illustrators, so there are many prints and paintings to be admired and bought, we currently have an exhibition on of Beatrice Forshall's hand-coloured engravings.I love this variety, and with new books and art arriving all the time I learn snippets of all sorts of things. We have just started a 'Book Club' 📚on the website, and this in-depth look at some of our authors and artists has been a chance to delve deeper into their work. I have also been updating the Instagram 📱account @PottertonBooksLondon so do have a look for some daily bookshop inspiration.We hold book signings and private views, recently Maggi Hambling 🚬gave a talk about her new book 'Touch: Works on Paper' (if you get a chance to hear Maggi talk do go, she is really quite a character), a book signing for Neisha Crosland's beautiful book 'Life of a Pattern' and our next talk is to be Andrew Ginger and Peter York 'in conversation', to coincide with the launch of Ginger's book 'Cecil Beaton at Home'. There is all sorts of exciting happenings.If you haven't been to a bookshop recently, you really should. I know you can buy all the books on Amazon, but part of the enjoyment is the discovery, the choosing and then buying of the book, and going away happy with your next read, or the perfect present. And you really never quite know who or what you might discover in a bookshop 💕📚.Alice xxxPotterton Books London