One of my most favorite things to do on a rainy day is curl up with a hot beverage and a great book. I love so many genres but many favorites are books on all things home: interior design, home improvement, or simple recipes and crafts. I’ve added four lovely books to my growing collection of inspirational texts, ones you may consider adding to your library too.
I’ve always admired Paul Lowe and look forward to his seasonal Sweet Paul magazine publications – I interviewed him in 2011 and he was kind enough to answer my questions. His tips on styling stay with me to this day (keep it simple and remember what’s important in the shot!)
I learned last year from his publicist that he was writing a book and I’ve eagerly awaited the arrival of Sweet Paul: Eat & Make, a book all about delicious yet simply prepared food and easy to do kitchen crafts that personalize the home.
The ideas are broken down by times of day, how clever! Find inspirational crafts from a Punch Bowl Pendant to Felted Vases to colorful Coffee Filter Flowers and hidden inside is a story about Paul’s famous Food Styling Kit on page 94, a charming read for sure!
Savor and prepare recipes for morning, noon, and night from Baked Donuts to Norwegian Meatballs, and the styling in the book is quintessentially Sweet Paul!
I like to think of Will Taylor of Bright Bazaar as one of my friends from the UK even though we’ve never actually met in person, funny how the blogosphere connects people in that way!
His blog is a such a delightful read and we’ve chatted back and forth via email many times. I look forward to his weekend learned & loved posts and I adore his passion for all things color.
Will is the yin to my neutral yang – in my own home I lean on neutrals as comforting but he coaxes me toward more vibrant hues by encouraging everyone to decorate colorfully in doses large and small.
In Will’s new book Bright Bazaar: Embracing Color for Make You Smile Style, he provides many jumping off points for injecting vivid hues that appeal to you into your home. I also identify with his perspectives on travel, how cities and landscapes change throughout the day and a keen eye appreciates it all from the mint rooftops of Paris to the golden hour of tangerine light in New York City.
It’s in the outdoors where color appears in all its forms, with Will’s book you’ll find tips to embrace it your little corner of your backyard too!
I’ve followed Remodelista for years, the blog is wonderful resource and wealth of inspiration for the design obsessed like me.
The group’s book came out last year but I finally made the trip to the bookstore to pick up my own copy. Inside you’ll find spreads on 12 beautifully decorated yet distinctly different remodeled homes.
I completely agree with the “rules to live by” manifesto spelled out at the start: classic and livable trumps trendy and transient; yes you should freely mix high and low; texture always makes a room interesting; masculine and feminine elements mix well and benefit from each other; plus several more “Eames meets Etsy” beliefs.
The stories and images are inspirational but what’s really valuable are the resource lists inside. Find out how to assemble your remodeling team, where to spend and where to save, plus a retailer source list for everything from salvage to fixtures.
Jennifer Boles is the author of the blog the Peak of Chic where she shares her daily insights on interior design.
I’m really enjoying her book In With The Old: Classic Decor from A to Z which spotlights many design essentials present in stylish interiors.
Inside you’ll find a modern approach to traditional decorating highlighting classics from Acrylic and Bamboo to Zebra Prints. In several chapters you’ll read the history behind iconic designs such as the Klismos chair and Chinoiserie.
Many design favorites are rightfully labeled as classics; you’ll find an homage to satin, portieres, dog paintings, orangeries, checkerboard floors, leopard print, floor screens, and murals within the pages.
What design/craft/home decorating books are you enjoying these days?