Category Archives: Reading Material

Reading List…

Hello Friends! How’s your week going?

Were you inspired the other day with the great images of Book displays? As promised here’s a few shots of how I keep most of my books…. Stacked on an old trolley cart I got at an Antique Market.  I think this is a little more interesting than a keeping them organized on a bookshelf!

I really do Love Design Books…. they are just one of those things that make me happy! I enjoy perusing the Internet and looking at images, however there is just something about flipping through a book or magazine that the Internet will never have.
Here’s a list of my 10 favorites from my collection…

1. The Way We Live: An Ultimate Treasury for Global Design by Stafford Cliff

2. American Modern by Thomas O’Brien

3. The Elements of Style

4. Recycled Home by Mark and Sally Bailey

5. Suburban Nation: The Rise sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream by Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Jeff Speck

6. Old & New by Katherine Sorrell

7. Rooms to Inspire in the Country by Annie Kelly

8. Coastal Style by Sally Haden & Alice Whately

9. At Home with White by Atlanta Bartlett

10. Building with Reclaimed Materials by Wim Pauwels (Beta Plus publishing)

So do you have any favorite design books? I would love to hear from you and learn what I need to add to my collection.

Enjoy your day!

Book Collection Storage…

Hello Friends!!
Hope your weekend was splendid!! This was the first weekend, in a LONG time that I was actually home!! It felt amazing to be able to have no plans and just relax.  I cleaned up and did LOTS of organizing… I actually feel slightly refreshed! Believe it or not I have a pretty good looking desk under all the piles 😉

I actually was able to sit on the sofa, sort through the stacks on neglected magazines that have accumulated over the last few month while I have been traveling as well as some of my favorite design books.  I keep most of my design books on an old cart in my living room for easy access.  They are in piles, sorted, but not super neat.  These kinds of books I love to have out and the more their are, the better I like it!

I don’t generally like the word Library, because it feels slightly stuffy.  If I am going to enjoy a good read or a great inspiration book, I want it to be cozy.  Somewhere that has some character.  A place I can sit with my coffee and just relax.

Here’s are some great inspirations of how others keep there books displayed…

(pink wallpaper)

(living etc)

(domino – flickr)

(brabourne farm)

(the city sage)
(the city sage)

(ideal home magazine)

(tiny white daisies)

(ideal home magazine)

(the city sage)

(ideal home magazine)

(House Beautiful December 2009)
(my ideal home)
(elle decor)

(wary meyers)

(my ideal home)

(my ideal home)

How do you store your collection of books??

Enjoy your day!!

Stayed tuned this week for a follow up post where I’ll share an image of how my design books are displayed as well as a list of some of my fav books!