New Favorite Design Books

April 13th, 2015

Happy Monday everyone! I spent most of my weekend running around with various obligations but took a few hours of downtime all by myself to pour over favorite design books I’ve recently added to my collection. Two were sent to me by the authors, two I purchased myself but I love each of them for varied reasons.

design books on bookshelf

The first among the group was written by Melissa of The Inspired Room, we’ve been good friends for years, traveling to NYC together, meeting up at different events, and she and I always share encouraging words behind the scenes. She’s a kindred soul and like me a west coast gal. 

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Melissa has written the most marvelous book to inspire you called Love the Home You Have. Truly that’s the most important thing to feel when you look at your home and where you reside right now, having a positive emotional connection is so very important to daily happiness and it’s all about your frame of mind.

love the home you have melissa michaels

Melissa walks you through the steps of falling in love with the house you live in now. Just like in her thoughtful blog posts, Melissa provides tips and ideas for looking at your home with fresh eyes and releasing yourself from unrealistic expectations and why authenticity in your home is key to contentment.

Melissa offers inspiration for refreshing your home with simple seasonal decorating and has started a new website Home Love Stories where you can share why you love your humble abode too. I was inspired by the chapter to say goodbye to the things I don’t need anymore and spent several hours purging with that mindset. At the end Melissa offers her readers a 31 day Love Your Home challenge with meaningful steps to take each day for a month so that you can look at your spaces with new gratitude. Find Melissa’s inspiring book on Amazon. 

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Next up is The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes by Justina Blakeney, the designer behind The Jungalow blog. I’ve always loved the word “bohemian” especially in decorating because it imparts a devil may care I do what I please attitude.

the new bohemians book

Justina’s book like her blog is such a visual treat ! Twenty luscious and free spirited homes are captured on the pages showcasing a collection of modern bohemian spaces from earthy to maximalist. Each home’s feature includes the “Adopt an Idea” summary with many creative ideas for unique storage or display.

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To quote Justina, “Decorating is about feeling free, having fun, rejecting traditional notion of what goes with what (especially that everything in a room has to match) and getting a little bit wild.” Ditto that!

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You’ll also find a few DIY projects inside the pages plus a “Plant-O-Pedia” with tips on caring for the interior plants and terrariums featured within the homes. You can preorder Justina’s beautiful book The New Bohemians on Amazon.

 

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BOTB 4.11.15

April 11th, 2015

Hellllooo friends and happy weekend to you! I’ve got a busy one ahead with a birthday party to attend and I’m also taking on another design project for our local Committee on the Shelterless, this time it’s an eleven room emergency shelter, and this is a BIG project with a late June date for the Open House so I’ll be occupied with that behind the scenes. (Read about the past projects for this non-profit here.)

There is so much to do but right now the focus is flooring and paint, then we move to bringing in furnishings so I’ll be rounding up some brand sponsors to help and I’ll have at least one community space to share this summer. Meanwhile, it’s another round of Best of the Blogosphere where Amanda and I team up to feature our favorite projects spied around the web, enjoy!

There’s a sophisticated master bedroom makeover at Homemade by Carmona, a dramatic before and after!

master bedroom makeover

 

Don’t miss this staircase transformation by Chip and Joanna at Magnolia Homes (in addition to other spaces in the home’s makeover).

staircase magnolia homes

   

Tour a French inspired bathroom makeover with toile wallpaper and rustic wood touches at The Heathered Nest. 

heathered nest bathroom makeover

 

Learn how to watercolor fabric in different mediums with Lucy’s tutorials featured at eHow.

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