Well, here we are in September talking about my favorite books in July! Well, that’s just how it goes sometimes. I’ve been running a little behind lately on things that can be delayed, so I can focus on things that are more pressing or important. August was busy with projects, my parents visiting, and getting the boys ready to go back to school. I didn’t realize how much I’ve missed the rhythm and structure (and quiet focused time) that comes with them being in school. It’s been such a gift, but I know that it’s precarious and uncertain and I just need to take whatever each new day brings.
The September air is getting crisp and the leaves are already starting to turn and I’m ready for it.
Anyway, before we move into more fall-related things, here are my books of the weeks featured in July…
I think I love this book because of all of the ironstone and beautiful pieces of furniture that are featured throughout. I loved Terry John Woods’ work even before I knew it was his. I have so many pictures of his spaces pinned to my inspiration board and I was thrilled to find them in this book.
His pictures are buried in there somewhere!
If you love antiques and a more traditional farmhouse style (as opposed to the more modern take on farmhouse style that is the current trend), then you’ll love pouring through this book.
If you’re into painting or drawing (or you want to learn), this book is fantastic! And, as a bonus, it includes a DVD.
What I like about this book is the approach. Good paintings and drawings start with shapes. The composition is more important than all of the little details. As someone who gets overwhelmed by too much detail, this easily became one of my favorite books in my art library.
It’s also approachable and not snooty. It’s good for beginners or anyone who wants to improve their fundamentals.
Well, the title is accurate! This book is so beautiful. It’s full of gorgeous spaces and I’ve enjoyed studying the details, textures, and colors in all of the featured spaces. When I see decisions that surprise me, but they work, I want to read more about the thinking behind those decisions. This book is great for that kind of study. My only knock is that all of these spaces are high-end and therefore less attainable for the average person. There’s always inspiration to be found, though!
As an aside, I’m asked about the rug in my dining room a lot and it was designed by Mark D Sikes (the author) as a part of his collection for Dash & Albert.
This is definitely one of my favorite books on upholstery. It is so thorough and professional and I have learned so much by reading and referencing it over the years. There are clear pictures, great explanations, and it’s even entertaining and conversational, which isn’t an easy task for a tutorial-heavy book.
If you’re interested in learning upholstery (or sharpening your skills), this is a great book to read and keep on your shelf. (You can find my upholstery tutorials HERE, if you’re interested in those, too!)
What are some of your favorite books on home/art/design?