my essential coffee table books to style the perfect #shelfie

The other day I was helping my best friend style her bookshelf and realized that one thing was missing: really gorgeous design books. Sometimes referred to as coffee table books, this is the element that can give your #shelfie that really curated-yet-casual vibe you see slaying it on Instagram. I like to use mine to add height, color, and texture. For my own shelf, these books help to break up the monotony and give my plants the perfect backdrop. With my bff in mind, here’s my list of essential coffee table books to help you style your own space!

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The Art of the Bar Cart + giveaway

This holiday season, step up your entertaining game with tips and recipes from The Art of the Bar Cart - plus enter to win a copy with our giveaway! More details on with @chroniclebooks and @craftandcocktails

I’ve had lots of amazingly talented contributors here over the years, but one who stands out in my mind is Ashley Rose Conway of Craft + Cocktails — especially now with the new book, The Art of the Bar Cart! She collaborated with design director and party planning expert Vanessa Dina to share some really fantastic tips for styling your bar cart and, I have to say, I really love this book. So much that we’re giving away a copy!

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book report // what i read in September

my september 2017 reading list. Get the full book report on

I always think I’m a slow reader, but when it came time to round up what I read in September, the list felt longer than usual! This month I loaded up my Kindle with lots of fiction which is always my favorite thing to so when I’m feeling like staying in and getting cozy on the sofa. With fall upon us, I have the feeling I’ll be reading more and more!

Here are my favorite books that I read in September:

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my summer 2017 reading list

my summer 2017 reading list including 3 Jodi Picoult books, Hunger by Roxanne Gay, Green Girl and more. Get the full book report on

I’ve been able to catch up on soooo much reading since I broke my leg in May, which has been awesome. About once or twice a month, I’d text my friends who I know have amazing book recommendations and then load up my Kindle so that as I finished one, I could quickly move onto the next. This habit has definitely gotten me through night when I couldn’t sleep and the long hours of boredom that come with keeping my leg elevated and iced.

It’s been quite a long time since I shared my reading list with you guys, so here goes!

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my favorite design books to inspire your next makeover

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!

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Living With Pattern by Rebecca Atwood + a giveaway

Get all of your blue and white, print and pattern, and texture inspiration from @rebeccaatwood 's new book Living With Pattern! Plus, win a signed copy via

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!

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Tasting Rome + giveaway

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.

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