While our bedroom makeover is on hold a bit as my leg heals, I’m still brainstorming what other renovations we can tackle this year! Homeownership… the work never ends, ha. While Pinterest is obviously my favorite place to find inspiration, nothing quite beats the timeless, classic inspiration that so often comes from books. I have a fairly large collection, so now that I’m essentially on couch-rest all the time, I’ve been digging back into some old favorites and wanted to share my favorite design books to inspire your next makeover!
When it comes to artists and makers, I try really hard not to play favorites. But sometimes… well, sometimes, someone is just so damn good that I can’t help myself. Such is the case for textile designer Rebecca Atwood. She and I know each other from our days designing for Anthropologie. After leaving, she went on to create her own company and it’s flourished into an amazing business. Recently she released her first book, Living with Pattern: Color, Texture, and Print at Home, and let me tell you… it’s pure genius. The book itself is a gorgeous specimen, but the inspiration is simply amazing. As I settle into my home more and more, I can’t help but reference the pages of Rebecca’s book and apply them to my own space.
Today’s your lucky day because we’ve partnered with Rebecca Atwood to giveaway a signed copy of Living with Pattern, too!
Hands down, my favorite part of traveling is the food. Digging into a region’s cuisine or trying a city’s signature dish at a hidden gem is so rewarding and has made for some of the best memories — and meals — of my life. It’s a feeling that Katie Parla and Kristina Gill convey in their new stunning cookbook Tasting Rome.
This love letter to the food culture of Italy’s capitol, transports you to the trattorias, food stalls and home kitchens across the city. With classic recipes and bold new flavors, I already know I’ll be reaching for it’s gold leafed pages again and again.
Remember when I said I’d be back blogging in full effect on January 4 (aka yesterday)? Well… I got up yesterday and just didn’t feel ready. The truth is that I’ve really been enjoying my time off, which is to be expected, right? I’ve never taken this much time off and especially not without checking in to do some work… so not taking any time off at all. But this time, I baaaarely checked in and it was liberating.
It’s funny — I’m not really a resolutions kind of person, but something about 2016 has me feeling introspective. To be perfectly honest, I think it’s because I finally stepped away from the laptop, which opened up room in my head for real thoughts and introspection! Funny how that works, huh. Over the past week, I also read 2 books to keep me in the mindset of resetting and refreshing my mindset: Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert and Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown. Both books have been instrumental in framing some changes I want to make. Humor me, I want to talk about some goals for 2016 and I’d really love your feedback!
You know when you’re waiting for something in the mail that you really want to come? That was what waiting for The Year of Cozy to arrive was like! Every package that wasn’t Adrianna’s beautiful hardcover book with 125 recipes, crafts and other homemade adventures was a letdown. So when it finally arrived I couldn’t wait to dig in and try out some of her fun projects and recipes.
Joanna and Adrianna of the A Cozy Kitchen have been internet friends ever since she wrote a Scrumptious Gingerbread Bundt Cake recipe for Jojotastic’s Ziploc holiday collaboration. They quickly became friends IRL, which doesn’t surprise me at all because they’re both so freakin’ talented. Without further ado, try out this easy recipe from The Year of Cozy and enter to win a copy below!
- 2 tablespoons honey, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon matcha green tea powder
- 1/4 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
In a small bowl, add 1 tablespoon of the honey. Pour in the matcha and whisk vigorously until no lumps are visible. Pour in the remaining 1 tablespoon honey and blend.
Stir in 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt. Add half a stick of softened butter and mix until completely combined. Serve softened or chilled. To chill, transfer the butter to the center of a sheet of plastic wrap. Shape into a log and wrap tightly. Store in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
For a handmade hostess gift in minutes, add your salt honey-matcha to a small jar before chilling and refrigerate for at least two hours. Wrap with ribbon or twine and bring along with a baguette for a thoughtful after-diner treat.
My reading list tends to vary based on the season. Now, with fall upon us, I find that the books I’m reaching for are more home decor inspiration. Or maybe that’s just because I’ve been focusing so much on making my loft a home? Either way, the vast majority of my fall reading wish list revolves around getting as inspired as possible for some upcoming decor posts. Also, two of my favorite bloggers (and IRL friends!) have released books, so you better believe I am alllll about digging into those when they are released.
I’ve also craving some must-anticipated follow up books, especially the fourth book in the Neapolitan series by Elena Ferrante. I am an eternal fiction lover, so it’s no surprise to see loads of that genre on my list.
A few more wants:
- Sage Living: Decorate for the Lift You Want by Anne Sage
- What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding: A Memoir by Kristin Newman
- The Monocle Guide to Cosy Homes
- Purity: A Novel by Jonathan Franzen
- A General Theory of Love by Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini, and Richard Lannon
- The Story of the Lost Child: Neapolitan Novels, Book Four by Elena Ferrante
- Dries Van Noten by Pamela Golbin, Hammish Bowles, and Joseph Logan
- The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
- The Year of Cozy: 125 Recipes, Crafts, and Other Homemade Adventures by Adrianna Adarme
What’s on your list to read this fall?
It’s been a while since I shared a book report, but lately I’ve been reading SO much that I just couldn’t wait any longer. Maybe this could even become a real thing??
First up is the Neapolitan series by Elena Ferrante, specifically My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, and Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay. If you’re looking for reads that are super-engrossing and highly addictive, these first 3 books in the series are it. Have a trip planned? Bring these books. The story follows two best friends in Naples as they grow up in the ’50s and ’60s, through marriage and family drama, and as they explore careers and the search for love. The dynamic of the friendship is so… intricate and tumultuous, but so very true. Ferrante essentially weaves together the stories of an entire neighborhood as it transitions with the stories of these two women. What’s especially interesting to me as I was reading these books is that the main characters are so very different from each other — in how they approach trouble and respond to it, where their values lie, even their familial obligations — but both are strong female characters in their own way, especially despite certain events.