On the Nightstand: Fall Edition
October 5, 2012
I like to read before I go to bed each night after I catch up on the news. After all the serious stuff, I look for something lighter to nod off to sleep to and I turn to design books and shelter magazines a lot. Here’s a roundup of some of the books I’m enjoying right now.
An ode to my favorite color is BLUE from the pages of House Beautiful which includes tips on decorating room by room and highlights accessories, furnishings, color pairings, and blue hues expressed in all variety of motifs.
BLUE explores every shade that’s been used by decorators including paint colors and fabrics, and you’ll recognize spaces by Steven Gambrel, Tobi Fairley, Phoebe Howard, Miles Redd and many other talented designers.
Blogging for Creatives is a helpful guide for any person (crafting, food, photography, art, design, etc.) who wants to share their creativity through blogging. The book tackles most of the basics you’ll need if you’re just starting out including the technical side such as choosing a platform, design tips for your blog theme, and tips on writing good content, monetizing, and promoting your blog. It’s great for beginners or those who’d like to use their blog to better promote their talents.
I’ve been a fan of Kyle Shuneman for years (read our spotlight interview here) and I’m so excited about his first book. Kyle is a master at creating stylish spaces on a budget, and The First Apartment Book is perfect for those just starting out or living in small spaces, and all of us who love clever interior design.
Kyle highlights ten different styles of decorating from Preppy to Bohemian and he coaches you through simple ideas from fabric backed bookcases to repairing chipped furniture. Congratulations Kyle!
For anyone like me who loves Moroccan patterns, Marrakesh by Design by Maryam Montague is a beautiful book filled with all the colors and ornamental features attributed to this style of design.
Inside, you get a history lesson behind the architecture including the classic design elements in the medinas and courtyards plus tips on how to decorate with Moroccan furnishings and accessories. It’s a new favorite for its detailed and beautiful imagery of the intricate patterns this region is famous for.
I bought The French Dog by photographer Rachel Hale for myself and my dog loving daughter, and she and I agree the pooches on these pages are the cutest!
The author moved to France with her husband to capture the personalities of all breeds of posing and playing on the streets of Paris and in the French countryside. Heartwarming and happy, it will bring a smile to all canine lovers!
Color: The Complete Guide is one of my favorite BH&G publications that’s come out in the past few years, it’s an insightful guide for anyone who struggles with how to decorate with color. The book analyzes everything from color inspiration to space related challenges and gives an in depth primer on color analysis.
It will help anyone get away from the ‘play it safe and choose tan’ state of mind with confidence, you can read my full review from earlier this year right here.
We take turns reading to the kids before bed and these are the two we’re reading to them now. (The set of leather bound versions of many classics like Twenty Thousand Leagues are on sale right now for $10 each at Barnes & Noble when I was there earlier this week.) .
Awkward Family Photos is based on the hit website and I just had to buy it when I spied it in the bookstore because I think it is totally hilarious.
The book is filled with strange portrait poses, matching outfits, and annoyed faces of family members, and I’m sure I can dig up a few from our family’s past that would fit right in. :) It would make a funny holiday gift for an in-law !
I finally picked up this year’s Christmas Ideas magazine this week and loved every single feature! I’m so happy to see favorite bloggers like Jennifer, Paul, Melaine, and Marian’s beautiful decorations on the pages!
Any good reads on your nightstand (or Nook/Kindle) that you’re loving ? I’m looking for some great fiction or a good biography, got any recommendations?
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