Mother’s Day is fast approaching and while I, of course, adore the handcrafted treasures that my kindergartener will lovingly create for me, I also admit to enjoying getting myself a little treat! Sometimes it might be jewelry or a new piece of china – this year though I have my eye on a new book. I just LOVE books – how about you? Here are few that I’m currently crushing on. With Amazon, I can even get them tomorrow if I want. Isn’t that amazing? Inspiration on demand, happy Mother’s day indeed!
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Handpicked: a gorgeous collection of inspiration and practical how-tos for the designer in all of us. Written by Brooklyn-based florist Ingrid Carozzi, she takes us behind the scenes and reveals her secrets for creating flower arrangements that are fresh and lovely. Organized by season, the book presents simple step-by-step instruction (how to measure, cut, and place each bloom) for making more than 35 arrangements. Whether you want to learn how to work with chicken wire and tape to create a simple framework or try your hand at arranging delicate and oversize blooms, there are detailed tutorials on her tricks of the trade. Lots of great ideas here!
The Decorated Home: Prepare for impeccable, swoon-worthy beauty brought to you by designer Meg Braff. While her style is a bit more formal and vivid than my own, there is beauty, inspiration, and countless examples of timeless decor to be found here. Classic yet cheerful, Meg’s style has a formality that is never studied, an elegance that is approachable and pretty. In the book, she shares advice on creating rooms that are both livable and attractive. She discusses the essential elements of stylish bedrooms, explores the fundamentals of inviting baths and breakfast rooms, and gives tips on making chic outdoor spaces. Finally, Braff explains the importance of finishing touches, the little extras that elevate a room’s decor from good to great.
Paris In Bloom: Can I interest you in a trip to France? Grab a cafe au lait and settle in for an unforgettable stroll through Paris—City of Love, City of Light, City of Flowers – without having to leave your home. This beautiful book is filled with exceptional photography that takes us on a floral tour of the city and provides recommendations to the best flower markets and a detailed guide to spring blooms. All the best the city has to offer at the tips of your fingers. Oh la, la, indeed!
Laduree Art of Entertaining: I adore Laduree (remember my laundry makeover inspired by their colors?) and this book of entertaining ideas and recipes takes us deeper into their enchanting world! Gorgeous images transport readers from breakfast to a formal dinner party, brunch with friends, an elegant picnic, family lunch, a snack, high tea, a romantic dinner, supper by the fire and a buffet. Ten moments in the day for which Ladurée shares its advice and ideas for menus and table decoration. I can hardly wait to read it.
Flea Market Style: Ah, flea markets – the mere mention of them thrills me to the tips of my toes and quickens my step, so naturally this book which is all about Scoring, Using, Collecting, and Displaying Vintage Flea Market Finds gets a double thumbs up from me. This book shares how to seamlessly combine pieces into a cohesive space that truly reflects your style, whether Cottage, Bohemian, Midcentury Modern, or something else. There is also a section featuring several DIY projects to create fun new pieces from flea market finds, such as wall frames from vintage hand mirrors. So much fun to be had!!
Beautiful – All American Decorating and Timeless Style: I think this might be my first choice of the list. Showcasing chic and accessible ideas for every home, Mark D. Sikes’s interiors are classic takes on California indoor/outdoor living. He shares stylish looks, from “Blue and White Forever,” which features indigos, stripes, batiks, and wicker in casual rooms such as porches and pool houses; to “Timeless Neutrals,” presenting semiformal rooms filled with chinoiserie, gilt, glass, mirrors, banquettes, and French chairs; to “Garden Greens,” featuring happy, casual family rooms and kitchens inspired by the garden with treillage woodwork, rattan, and cotton. There are also “Beautiful Brights,” colorful rooms that are eclectic, layered, and fun, with chintz, florals, and Middle Eastern influences; and “Sun Faded Hues,” rustic coastal rooms with weathered fabrics and furniture. Delightful!! I think I’ll order it now!
The New Paris: While the book earlier in the list took us the floral grandeur of the city, this book allows us to explore the medieval beauty, old-timey brasseries, and corner cafés that are being reinvented and reimagined by modern Parisians. Savor detailed insights into the rapidly evolving worlds of food, wine, pastry, coffee, beer, fashion, and design in the delightful city of Paris. The author puts the spotlight on the new trends and people that are making France’s capital a more whimsical, creative, vibrant, and curious place to explore than its classical reputation might suggest. With hundreds of striking photographs that capture this fresh, animated spirit, The New Paris shows us the storied City of Light as never before, and saves me the expense and frustration of traveling!
Story Land Cross Stitch: If you aren’t familiar with Sophie Simpson then please, allow me to introduce you to a charming and delightfully creative woman! I already have another book of hers – Secret Garden Embroidery – and would love to add this one to my collection as well. In this book, all it takes to create magic are a needle and thread! Part storybook, part cross-stitch guide, this enchanting volume features marvelous projects for everyone from beginners to the brave and determined. Make Miniature Motifs, Secret Key Bookmarks, Golden Goose Lavender Sachets, Cameo Frames, and the Read Me a Book Cover. There’s even a bound-in envelope with a small square of evenweave, a needle, and thread—so you can start sewing a unicorn, frog prince, or jackalope right away! So fun!!
Did you discover a new book or two that you might like to add to your library? I hope you enjoyed this list and I sincerely hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day!