Now, I have to confess right from the start that I am a little bit bias about this book. Months ago, when it was still in the works, I was asked by Kim to write an endorsement, which I gladly did. I had a chance at that time to peruse the book and I absolutely loved the premise, so I was so excited when I received my hard copy last week and had the chance to enjoy it in printed form. The book is Home Stories – Design Ideas for Making a House a Home.
On the back of the book, it reads, “Every room has a story worth telling: Learn how to create rooms filled with warmth, meaning, and your own unique story of home.” And this book does a beautiful job of balancing practicality with inspiration and realistic ideas with the concept of intentionally telling your story through stuff and how it’s arranged in your home.
What I love about this book is that it delves into the nuances of what makes a great space. It’s not about trends or design rules. It’s about being honest and confident about who you are and what you love. It’s old and new. It’s modern, clean, polished, and it’s also rustic, and homey. It’s dark and light, it’s colorful and neutral, it’s masculine and feminine, it’s flowers and plaids. It’s anything and everything that can be used to tell a visual story.
And I am so smitten with some of the spaces shared in this book. They hit a variety of inspiration notes, which I really appreciate. I like exposing myself to different styles, choices, textures, and ideas. It helps me push beyond some of my own creative boundaries.
And, if you love antiques, you will love this book. If you don’t know, Kim Leggett is the creator of the City Farmhouse brand. She’s a designer, a style-curator, author, and started the wildly popular City Farmhouse pop-up fairs. She is a lover of old things and that shines in this book. The styling is also lovely – something to aspire to, but not overly contrived.
It really is a wonderful book and a great addition to my design library. You can purchase Home Stories HERE or from your favorite local bookseller.
If you’re looking for more books to check out from the library or purchase for continued reference and inspiration, you can find some of my favorites HERE.
The photos in this post (except those with my watermark) are from the book Home Stories. Principle Photography by Leslie Brown.