If you were to mine the pile of books by my side of the bed, you'd find roughly equal tonnage of history and architecture. If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home promises a check in both columns. The companion volume to a BBC series, it seems to have been available in England-and as an e-book here-since last spring. It's now available in hardcover in the U.S.
Here's the author:
Gotta get it. --bds