I can’t believe we’re almost to the end of the year and I will have shared 52 books of the week! I’m going to think about keeping this feature or just switching back to sharing favorites – music, books, shows, clothes, technology, foods, etc. It’s kind of nice for me to change things up, so I don’t become a slave to creating specific content over and over again. You also get a lot of variety!
Here are my book picks for October…
This is probably my favorite book from the month. I keep going back to it over and over again to review the projects and ideas and bookmark the ones I want to try on my own.
This book is all about making your own art supplies, which is right up my alley. Art supplies and making things…yes, please! I know that a stick will never be a better pen than one I can buy from a store and the pigments I smash up from rocks I forage will never be as vibrant or pure as ones that are professionally bottled, but there is a sort of joy and satisfaction that comes from making something yourself. I’ve already started turning a couple of turkey feathers into dip pens and I made a brush out of a hallow stick I found in the yard. I’ll always use supplies from an art store, but these will be a nice supplement.
Jeff didn’t know what to make of me gathering sticks and such from the yard to make paint brushes! He’s just learned to let me do my thing!
This is a beautiful, classic decorating book that I enjoyed looking through. I have followed Marie Flanigan on Instagram for a while and I was so excited when I saw she had a book coming out that I ordered the pre-release.
The spaces featured are definitely high-end, but they are clean and timeless. It’s not completely my style, but I see how elements of my style are used in different ways and I find that to be inspiring. It would be boring if I only bought books that spoke to where my style is right now. Books that feature rooms and homes that are slightly outside of my style will push my boundaries and help me continue to evolve and refine.
Since I announced that I am writing another home book, I had to feature my very first book for those who didn’t know it existed or haven’t read it! I had a fun time looking through this book while I was working on my current book. I wanted to make sure I didn’t cover the same topics in the same way. I was reminded of how proud I was of this book.
It features a very real home that was decorated on a budget, lots of projects, and oodles of budget-friendly decorating ideas. I think it’s a great book for those who are just setting up home, but it’s good for anyone who wants some inspiration and a dose of encouragement. I talk about heart issues like contentment and materialism in addition to talking about second-hand shopping and refinishing a dresser. It’s a good mix.
It was priced at $9.00 when I featured it on Instagram, but now the price has gone up to $24! Sorry about that! When I feature an older book, I guess the uptick in sales jacks up the price. If you wait a little bit, I’m sure it’ll go back down.
If you haven’t noticed, I absolutely love color! I wasn’t fully aware of this love until I started mixing my own colors for painted furniture and then developed colors for the MMS Milk Paint line. Color mixing was just an intuitive thing for me (and I managed to retain a lot of color theory from my elementary art classes) and I love playing with color in the form of paints, pigments, fabrics, and just about anything else.
So, this book is speaking my language.
The photography is so beautiful and all of the color palettes and textures are yummy. I have pored over this book a lot and highly recommend it for my fellow color/design/art lovers.
I hope you find at least one book that you enjoy in this round-up!
If you missed previous books of the week, you can find them here…
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
The Stuff of Life | Old Home Love | Beginning Drawing Atelier | BHG Decorating Book 1961
John Singer Sargent Portraits in Charcoal | Welcome Home | Great Country French Style | Arriving Home