I work from home, and it has to be admitted that my working day is punctuated by domestic tasks or consideration of whether I could realistically install a new kitchen without my husband finding out while he's at a wedding in Crete next month.
This morning, my procrastination has been spent on interiors books. I used to spend a LOT of time and money on my interiors book habit, which I weaned myself of a couple of years ago, but that just means that there have been a endless wonderful books published since then and my Amazon basket is suddenly heaving with planned indulgence.
Will Taylor's Bright Bazaar: Embracing Colour For Make-You-Smile Style is the obvious first choice - vivid colour and Natural History do not often go hand in hand, but Will's approach is so inviting and friendly that even I find myself pricing lime green paint at Homebase after a few minutes on his glorious blog, Bright Bazaar.
Not new, but just as necessary for me, I think, Is Holly Becker and Joanna Copestick's Decorate. I've been reading Holly's Decor8 blog for years and years, and I've been resisting this book for a long time, but it seems like just the sort of book I have been after and will definitely help me sort out some of the trouble spots in my house. I'm also a huge fan of Debi Treloar, which helps - I mean, just LOOK at her work.
Finally, the Andrew Martin Interior Design Review is where things get serious. The world's top interior designers compete to be included in this definitive list of the great and good of international design, and while it might be a little beyond what we might call practical inspiration for our own homes (for some of us, at least!) this is the book that I most want to get my hands on this month.
Follow the authors...
Will Taylor - @Will_UK
Holly Becker - @decor8
Joanna Copestick - @jojocope
Andrew Martin - @AndrewMartinInt