Just so I’m not sharing my August Books of the Week in October or November, I’m getting back on schedule and sharing them in mid-September! It’s just been a busy season of life and I know many of you are experiencing the same thing. It’s been so much better for me now that all of the big projects (and the upheaval that comes with them) are winding down, the boys are back at school, and Jeff is back at work. We’re all settling back into a routine.
I have been able to visit Barnes & Nobel in person, which I have absolutely loved! I almost always walk out with something (well, I pay for it first), even if it’s just a magazine. When we went last week, I thought that I wouldn’t find much since I was just there a couple of weeks prior, but I still found several books and a couple of magazines. I’ve enjoyed getting back into my old rhythm of going for a walk, listening to a podcast and some music, and then reading and taking notes/journaling. That simple routine clears my head, feeds my mind and creativity, and sets me up for a productive day.
Anyway, here are the books of the week for August 2020…
I say this about a lot of books, but this one is also a feast for the eyes. It’s the kind of book I just want to browse through, like a well-styled shop. I want to take time to notice all of the details and just enjoy the simple beauty of them.
While THIS BOOK is visually beautiful, it does feel grounded in reality. It’s just a tidied version of real, which is what you want in decorating books! It’s filled with yummy textures, neutral color palettes, and a lot of foraged decor.
This title makes it pretty obvious. If you love old homes, you’re going to love Old Home Love.
What I enjoy about the home represented is that they show respect for the architecture and history of the home while also allowing it to be updated and modern. I think that’s a tough balance to strike and it’s done beautifully. This dining room is one of my favorites…
If you want to get into drawing and sketching, but you’re not sure where to start or you sketch already and just want some good direction on practice, this is a wonderful book. My favorite part about it is that Juliette does not dumb-down the content because it’s a book for beginners. So many beginning sketching and drawing books look so cartoonish. These drawings have a classic feel. It’s broken all down into doable exercises to get you started, though.
I haven’t worked through it completely, but I love the exercises I’ve done in it so far.
I shared this book last year, but I wanted to make it officially one of my books of the week picks. It is such a fun book for anyone who loves decorating or interiors. You can get a good chuckle looking back at the trends, the styling, the colors, the sketches and old photography, but it also has great, timeless decorating ideas and advice. I love looking at older books to see what has survived the trends and changing times. Looking at the past can help you make better design decisions for the future.
Those were my picks for August’s books of the week!
In case you missed them, here are the previous books of the week…
Making a Life | Martha Stewart’s Organizing | Essentialism | Slipcover Style | Daily Painting
City Farmhouse Style | A Place for Everything | Color: A Visual History | Conscious Creativity
The Life of a Bowerbird | New Americana | Making Winter | Painting Clouds & Skies in Oil
The Art of Beatrix Potter | BHG New Cookbook | Nora Murphy’s Country House Style | BHG Trade Secrets | Simply Living Well
The Art of Still Life | Cozy Minimalist Home | Creating a New Old House | Keep Going
All Along You Were Blooming | Furniture Makes the Room | On Flowers | French Country Cottage Inspired Gatherings | Get Your House Right
New Farmhouse Style | Mastering Composition | Beautiful | Spruce
We’re nearing the end of the year, so are there any books that need to make my 2020 list??