Filled with useful tips and written in a beautiful way, It’s the Little Things is a wonderful book that helps to guide you through making the final finishing touches to your home. Instead of a typical list of rules and instructions the book is filled with an array of beautiful and inspiring images to help induce your own ideas, thoughts and feelings about what you want for your own home.
The book is a wonderful starting ground if you’re at the beginning of decorating a home and are searching for ideas, but it is equally as successful in helping someone who’s owned their home for years, looking for new ways to play with the space. Broken up into five categories; surfaces, walls, mantels, little moments and big moments, It’s the Little Things takes you on a journey of jaw-dropping enviable interiors.
“Tablescapes reveal accumulated treasures and the memories that come with them”, Salk shows by example how to collate together old, sentimental items with other functional possessions like lamps and vases, to create a perfectly designed surface.
The book doesn’t settle on a particular style, making sure you’re bound to find your favourite, or acquire a new one. Useful tips are injected between each images, providing a small pause, not overwhelming you with things to remember but giving you gentle hints at home improvement, for example Salk both tells and shows you that “in every cluster there should be an element of surprise”.
Creating a theme or motif within a room doesn’t mean choosing identical pieces, but finding items that are “like-minded” without “being too in sync” with one another. Pairing together items where some have a nostalgic history and others are just aesthetically pleasing, it’s all about creating a smooth journey as your eye veers over a surface or wall that is filled with different stories.
Salk talks about linking together objects by “compatible colours and textures” to create a unifying collective. The images of the shelving above shows a strong looking array of items, filled with nooks and crannies to investigate, all linked together by a complementary palette of colours.
Salk takes you through intriguing ways of how to curate you rooms in a stylish and artistic manner, showing you how to display treasured items in inventive ways, “when it comes to displaying what you love, beauty may fade with time but never diminish”.
She shows you how to make a feature out of a collection of items you may be at a loss as to what to do with, for example these toleware trays that may have once collected dust, packed away somewhere, are now a prominent features of a room.
With each image comes a magnitude of detail, at first glance you are wowed by this bright yellow mantel shelf, but on closer inspection what steals your smile is the framed flower in a vase, placed on top of the mantel.
Salk provides examples for how the extra touches make all the difference to a room. These decorative doorknobs give an ordinary chest of drawers an extra added sense of style and individuality.
An example I particularly liked from the book, was how Salk showed that wires and such needn’t be a hindrance with a design scheme, but in fact can be used to enhance the overall look. She writes, “the practical behind the creative – such as wires and switches – take on an artistic flair when displayed with equal confidence”. What I love most about this shot is the beautiful layout of the canvas painting with the vase of flowers placed idyllically in front of it, a truly wonderful moment.
Another image I rather fell in love with, was a very special bathroom that oozes in old romance. The faded pink walls and the added ornamentation creates a scene that is rather unexpected for a bathroom, Salk comments on the room, “its then all about bringing in formal elements from other rooms in the home and taking the focus away from the utilitarian stuff”.
This book is full of gorgeous images with wonderful words to inspire and guide you equally, whether you just want to look at some beautiful interiors, or want a little nudge in the right direction, this is a fantastic buy!
It’s the Little Things by Susanna Salk available via Rizzoli