Can you believe we’re already well into October? This year seems so long yet so short. I must say that I have really enjoyed sharing the books of the week on Instagram and here on the blog. I love pouring over resource books and I have loved sharing some of my new and old favorites with you. I still have so many more books left to share and I know there will always be new ones, so I’m starting to consider if I’ll keep sharing the books of the week feature into 2021. Let me know if you enjoy them and want to read more reviews.
For now, here are my books of the week for September 2020…
If you are into portraits, drawing, or John Singer Sargent, this book is a must! It is absolutely gorgeous and one of my favorite JSS books ever. I have several of them, but the printing on this one is so high quality and I love that the story of each portrait is told along with the drawing.
The prints are of such high quality that they really could be cut out and framed. You might want to buy one to use for prints and one to actually read! I hope to one day have the time to work through this book and do studies of many, if not all, of the portraits. I know I would learn and grow so much in that process.
My peer home blogger and sweet friend of over 10 years, Myquillyn Smith wrote Welcome Home, which recently became a New York Times bestseller! (Congrats Myquillyn!) We interviewed her on The Creative Exponent podcast (you can listen to that episode HERE) and she shared that she wrote this book out of a place a frustration. She was frustrated with the seasonal and holiday decorating that was presented on social media and in magazines. If you want to buy hundreds of pumpkins and mums, that’s fine, but she wanted to share a simpler, less expensive alternative for those who don’t or can’t.
Myquillyn also has a brilliant way of putting things…simple, straightforward, inspiring, encouraging. She’s all-around awesome and so is the book!
This is an older book that has been a favorite of mine for a long time. My most loved books have paint on them and this one has little splotches and splatters of burnt umber from my mural and decorative painting days. As a blue and white lover, I have always loved the cover…
The interior is a good mix of very traditional Provincial French Country and more classic, understated interpretations of French style. In my opinion, about 90% of the book feels very timeless, with only 10% feeling a little late-90s, early 2000s. You could insert most of these home features into a magazine today and they wouldn’t look out of place. In my opinion, that’s an example of an excellent decorating book.
This is a brand new book that I preordered and received the day it was officially released. I just love everything James Farmer does and enjoyed his other book so much that ordering this one was a no-brainer.
The homes shown in this book are definitely high end, but there are so many wonderful takeaways for decorating-lovers on any budget – color, use of pattern, styling, furniture arrangements, pieces to look for at yard sales and antique stores, etc. Every page is striking. It’s a fantastic, classic decorating book.
I’m cheating on this one a bit, but I had to select the latest Where Women Create magazine as a book of the week, because my studio made the cover! I have loved Jo Packham’s books and magazines for years and never imagined I would one day be featured, much less on the cover. If I knew it was going to be a cover shot, I would have styled it a little bit more! Anyway, I won’t let that detract from the joy of it all.
I do consider this a book in the sense that it doesn’t have ads (so it’s packed full of content) and I keep every issue I purchase. These aren’t the kind of periodicals that you store in a basket and clean out when the seasons change. You keep them and go back to them as a resource again and again.
My favorite thing about Where Women Create is it combats the feeling I get from social media that everyone is doing the same thing. There is such a wide variety of artists featured and I am always amazed at what people are creating and how they are making a living. Whenever I finish reading an issue, I’m reminded that the world is big and the depth of human creativity is endless. I find that to be encouraging and motivating.
You can purchase issues online or I always find them at Barnes & Noble.
I hope you enjoyed my books of the week picks for September!
Have you read any books you would recommend?
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