I remember the first time my apartment felt too small. In reality, it was the perfect size for one person. I had a large bedroom/office, a walk-in closet with very deep shelves for extra storage, a lovely historic bathroom complete with a claw foot tub, and a kitchen with enough room for friends to come to dinner. Yet somehow, the space felt lifeless, boring, and like it was closing in around me. I was itching to move but there wasn't one coming and, as I said before, the truth was it wasn't the space that needed a new perspective. It was me.
I tried all my stand-bys, moving dishes in the cupboards, buying new throw pillows, and scrolling Pinterest. Nothing seemed to help. That's when I found my first home decor book. It was at my parents, written in the early 2000s. Full of joyful yellow English cottages. Nothing in it matched my style but something about it gave me the spark I needed to shift my perspective and focus on the feeling of my apartment, not the look.
That's the thing about spaces. They are full of inanimate objects. They don't have life until we give them life. A home that stops people in their tracks, doesn't do so because it LOOKS good. It's because it FEELS good.
So many home decor books are all about how things look. Filled with pretty pictures of well-designed spaces that cost a very pretty penny. Unless you are well-practiced in the art of interiors, it gets tricky to create a similar look that also feels alive. That is why my favorite interior books focus on the look and the feel. They go a little deeper than the surface and remind me that the process of making a home is a practice of loving and caring for the people who dwell inside of it.
6 Books That Will Inspire Your Home and Your Life
This is Home: The Art of Simple Living by Natalie Walton: If you are looking for a book that focuses on foundational values to create a beautiful space and life, this is it.
Simple Matters: Living with Less and Ending Up with More by Erin Boyle: If you like a little minimalist with a side of reality. No need to toss everything you own. This book is about practices that help you focus on what really matters in your home.
Restoration House: Creating a Home That Gives Life and Connection to All Who Enter by Kennesha Buycks: This book is all about how our homes can restore us leaving us fresh to love and care for what matters most to us.
The Foraged Home by Joanna Maclennan and Oliver Maclennan: What makes this book inspiring is the idea that foraged and collected items can bring so much life and uniqueness to your space. I love the idea that rocks, sticks, and old found objects can actually become decor with the right backdrop.
Still: The Slow Home by Natalie Walton: This book shares stories of people who have chosen the slow path in life. Explore some central ideas of what you can do to embrace stillness in your life and home.
Dwellings: Living with Great Style by Stephen Sills and James Huniford: A little different from the others in this list, this book focuses on principles of design. How putting things together makes spaces feel. While it is over 15 years old, the principles in it remain timeless.
I hope one (or all) of these books bring you just the spark of inspiration you need!
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- Cordelia M.
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