Holiday Gift Guide | Books To Inspire

The countdown to Christmas continues! I’m back with another gift guide and it’s one of my favorites.  I’m sharing a few of my favorite books.  Books that have brought me joy inspired me and taught me a thing or two this year.



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“A party without cake is just a meeting.” –Julia Child

Pizzazzerie–Entertain In Style–Courtney provides how-to instructions for more than a dozen occasions, each complemented with full tablescape details; decor tips; and recipes for each party.

In Style Parties–This book has been completely revised and updated since its original publication.  Page after page, you’ll find expert advice for hosting any type of party. This is a great resource book to own if you love to throw parties and entertain family and friends.

Veranda Entertaining–It’s the ultimate inspirational guide to throwing a sophisticated and stylish soirée. You’ll find ideas for choosing a centerpiece and selecting the right appetizers and cocktails to make your event stand out.

The Art of the Bar Cart–The Art of the Bar Cart features 20 different styled bar setups themed around favorite libations, personal style, or upcoming occasions.

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“A home is much more than a mere shelter, it should lift us up emotionally & spiritually.” –John Saladino                                                                                                                             

William Yeoward–Blue and White and other Stories–William Yeoward reveals his passion for color, his inspirations and the ‘stories’ behind his unique use of color on a journey through a dazzling array of beautiful homes.

An Eye For Beauty–This fabulous design book is written by one of my design idols, Beth Webb. Webb explores the fundamentals of creating a home in which every element enhances our ability to live well.

Style Secrets–House Beautiful Style Essentials: What Every Room Needs is an inspiring and hardworking handbook that will show you how to create the rooms of their dreams by revealing what “every room needs.

The House That Pinterest Built–When Diane Keaton decided that she wanted to build her own home from the ground up, she took to the boards of Pinterest to find inspiration. This book is a compelling account of Keaton’s journey in building her home, from idea to realization.

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“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.  If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” –Steve Jobs

The Crossroads of Should and Must:  Find and Follow Your Passion–The Crossroads of Should and Must has a universal message—we get to choose the path between Should and Must. It’s about the difference between jobs, careers, and callings. The difference between going to work and becoming one with your work.

Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity & HappinessGIRL CODE is a roadmap for female entrepreneurs, professional women, and anyone in between who wants to become a better woman.

In The Company of Women–Over 100 exceptional and influential women describe how they embraced their creative spirit, overcame adversity, and sparked a global movement of entrepreneurship. The profiles paint a beautiful picture of what happens when we pursue our passions and dreams.

The Wisdom of Sundays by Oprah Winfrey–Organized into ten chapters―each one representing a powerful step in Oprah’s own spiritual journey and introduced with an intimate, personal essay by Oprah herself―the Wisdom of Sundays features selections from the most meaningful conversations between Oprah and some of today’s most-admired thought-leaders.





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Book Review: Making House | Designers At Home

Book Review:  Making House--Designers At Home

You all know I love design books.  I am constantly checking my favorite book publishers websites to see what new books are being released throughout the year.  Getting a new book feels like Christmas morning so you can only imagine how thrilled I was when I received some happy mail recently.  The great folks over at Rizzoli sent me a copy of the recently published Making House- Designers At Home to check out.

When it comes to design books, there are a few ways I can tell if a book is good or not.  The first is from the cover image.  I knew immediately that the simple chair vignette on the cover  meant that the images and content in the book was going to be good.

The second way I can tell if a book is good is by quickly flipping through the pages.  If the images capture my attention and make me want to dive into the book, its a winner.  The images in Making House–Desgners At Home did just that.

Book Review:  Making House--Designers At Home

Book Review:  Making House--Designers At Home

 Miles Redd

Written by Dominic Bradbury and photographed by Richard Powers, this book showcases the personal homes of some of the worlds best-known designers such as Jonathan Adler, Nate Berkus & Jeremiah Brent, Miles Redd and Neisha Crosland.   The book gives you a look into their design process and the personal spaces in which they live and create.

All of the spaces in the book were photographed specifically for this book so the view into the lives and style of these designers is fresh and new.

 As the story of each designers’ home unfolded, I found myself captivated and inspiring. I jotted down design ideas and took to heart the words written by this group of amazing designers.  I especially loved this quote by Miles Redd…

“If you have a keen eye, then it doesn’t matter where you are buying–you can get great stuff anywhere. I am not a provenance snob at all, and if you are, then you miss out. 

Book Review:  Making House--Designers At Home

Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brant

Book Review:  Making House--Designers At Home

Book Review:  Making House--Designers At Home

Neisha Crosland, London

Book Review:  Making House--Designers At Home

Book Review:  Making House--Designers At Home

Frederic Mechiche,  Morocco

Book Review:  Making House--Designers At Home

Book Review:  Making House--Designers At Home

 Jean-Louis Deniot, Chantilly, France

Book Review:  Making House--Designers At Home

Kelly Wearstler

Book Review:  Making House--Designers At Home

Steephen Sills, NY

If you’re in the design industry or just have a love for design then you’ll definitely want to add this book to your collection.  The book makes for an inspiring read and is a wonderful source for design ideas that you can use to create your own personal oasis.

You can purchase your copy of Making House–Designer At Home here {affiliate link}.


On The Bookshelf: New Design & Entertaining Books

One of the things I love to do during the Atlanta Gift & Home Furnishings Market is to shop for new design, entertaining and coffee table books. It gives me an opportunity to preview the books before they are released and available in stores or online.

I’ve always loved books (a by-product of a mom who was an English teacher) and have amassed quite a collection over the years.  These days most of my book purchases are design and entertaining books so that’s what I look for at market.  And boy was I excited to see so many fabulous books scheduled for release in the fall and winter.

Here’s a round-up of what I have on order.  And to make ordering easy for you, I’ve included links (affiliate links) to all of the titles so you can pre-order your copies today.

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Book Review: New York Living | Re-inventing Home


A couple of weeks ago I received a copy of the book New York Living | Re-inventing Home from the publisher.  I couldn’t wait to check it out.  When I was in college, I wanted to live in New York and pursue my love of fashion.  While I never made it to the Big Apple, my love for the city has never faded.  There is just something so magical and dynamic about New York.

This book gives you the opportunity to explore the city in a new way  and see the unique design styles of homes in the city as well as the surrounding boroughs.

The book showcases homes in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens and the Bronx.  As you turn each area you get an inside look at how these city dwellers decorate and style their homes.

The 26 homes profiled range from an apartment on the Upper West Side to a French Second Empire House in Staten Island.  Page after page, there is design inspiration ranging from the traditional and classic to the modern and contemporary.  And you it gives you the opportunity to see the New York skyline through the eyes of those living there.

One of the first things I recognized about this book was how large it is. There are over 290 pages of photos and home descriptions. The profile for each home starts with somewhat of  a history lesson about the area as well as insights into how the design of the home came to be.

Along side each photo are details about the design elements within the space and why they were chosen.

The photos are bold and bright so you’re sure to find inspiration in even the smallest vignette within a room.

Beyond living spaces, some of the owners’ studio, office and creative spaces are featured.  If you’re a creative you’ll love getting an inside look at where New Yorker’s live and work.

The last three pages of the book provide a summary of each home listing the designers, artifacts and others involved in creating the spaces.

New York Living | Re-inventing Home

“Beautiful living spaces exist in all five boroughs, and in the right hands, when they are carefully chosen and imaginatively envisioned, they indeed embody New York living!”  –Adele Chatfield-Taylor 

I highly recommend this book if you’re a design enthusiast or have a love for New York like me. New York Living also makes a great gift for someone living in the city or looking to move there.

You can purchase New York Living | Re-inventing Home here. 

disclosure:  I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review.  All opinions are mine

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Shopping TJ Maxx from the comforts of home

Are you aware that TJ Maxx has an online store?  That’s right, you can shop TJ Maxx from the comforts of your home.

The product assortment in the online store isn’t as extensive as what you’d find in your local store but the prices are the same. And I see items online that I’ve never seen in my local store which might give me another reason to shop online.

An if you can’t find your size (hello shoe department 🙂 or two of one item, the online store might have the item so its worth checking out.

When I checked out the online store the other night, I saw several items that peaked my interest.  Let’s go shopping shall we…

Shopping TJ Maxx Online

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New Entertaining & Design Books To Love

Design books are one of my guilt pleasures!

Yes, I use them for design inspiration and decorating but books just make me happy.  Every January and July I pop into my favorite book wholesaler  at the Atlanta Gift and Furniture market and treat myself to a few new books.  The vendor I shop with has most of the new and upcoming releases so I can actually flip through the book to get a feel for the images and content before I purchase. I don’t know about you but when it comes to design books the images can make or break a purchase.

Here are the books you’ll want to check out and add to your bookshelf …

New Entertaining and Design Books for 2017


Country Living Salvage Style.  This is a must is you love to shop flea markets, thrift stores and antique shops.  The book is published by Country Living and is filled with beautiful and inspirational images of vintage treasures restyled in decor settings. The cover alone will make you want to buy this book.

New Entertaining and Design Books for 2017--Salvage Style by Country Living

Old Home Love.  This book was written Andy and Candice Meredith the couple behind HGTV’s newest TV show of the same name, Old Home Love.  The book shares the passion the couple have to renovate old homes in Utah.  If you’re a fan of DIY decor and rehab style you’ll find lots of inspiration and maybe even the desire to purchase an old home.

New Entertaining and Design Books for 2017--Old Home Love

Verandah Entertaining.  If you love to entertain and create beautiful tablescapes you’ll want to get this book.  The book walks you through every aspect of entertaining from table settings and food prep to decor and flowers.  No matter what level of entertaining you do, big or small, formal or casual, you’ll find the tips and inspiration you need to throw a stylish party.

New Entertaining and Design Books for 2017--Verandah Entertaining

Flea Market Style.  This is a great book that will speak to those of you that love the thrill of the hunt.  Published by Better Homes and Gardens, the book shows you inspiring design ideas using thrifted finds. And there are lots of tips for shopping flea markets and thrift stores.

New Entertaining and Design Books for 2017--Flea Market Style by Better Homes and GardensThe Decorated Home.  Interior designer Meg Braff shares her personal style plus the essential design elements she thinks every room needs. The book is beautifully written with captivating photos.

New Entertaining and Design Books for 2017--The Decorated Home by Meg Braff

I also ordered a few titles that have been on my shopping list for a while…

New Entertaining and Design Books for 2017

Cottage Style: A Palette of White
Designed in White
Simply Styling: Fresh and Easy Ways To Personalize Your Home
Tracery: The Art of Southern Design

Happy Reading!

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The Junk Gypsy Collection for Pottery Barn Teen

Junk Gypsy Collection For Pottery Barn Teen

Thanks to the kind folks at Pottery Barn Teen, I now have a new set of beautiful sheets for our guest bedroom.

Junk Gypsy Collection For Pottery Barn Teen

Junk Gypsy Collection For Pottery Barn Teen

The Bohemian Geo Cuff Sheet Set is part of their new Junk Gypsy collection and is made of 100% percale which is so soft and cozy.  And the embroidered diamond pattern that accents the flat sheet and pillowcases has a classic yet bohemian vibe.

Junk Gypsy Bohemian Geo Cuff Sheet Set-Pottery Barn Teen

The sheets are a soft off-white color that will mix easily with other bedding, adding to their versatility.

Junk Gypsy Collection For Pottery Barn Teen


Junk Gypsy Collection For Pottery Barn Teen

Upon opening the package I recognized how well made the sheet set was and it fit our queen bed like a glove.

Junk Gypsy Collection For Pottery Barn Teen

 I’ve stared to add holiday touches to the guest room and the new sheet set works great with the classic holiday decor I’m adding.

Junk Gypsy Collection For Pottery Barn Teen

Junk Gypsy Collection For Pottery Barn Teen

Junk Gypsy Collection For Pottery Barn Teen

Junk Gypsy Collection For Pottery Barn Teen

The Junk Gypsy collection for has lots of items that will work for adult spaces as easily as they do for a teens room.  I love the Wanderer Fur Throw and the Tufted Lounge Rug .  And the Country Blooms Duvet Cover + Sham are perfect for a soothing bedroom design.

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To check out the full Junk Gypsy collection head here. And pick up a copy of Amie and Jolie Sikes new book, Designing A Life at the Crossroads of Wonder & Wander. The book will make a great holiday gift for anyone that loves design and diy transformations. 


I’ll be sharing another great piece form the Junk Gypsy collection next week so stay tuned.

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Becoming An Expert Flea Market Shopper (5 books to own)


One of the things I love most in life is shopping flea markets.  There is something exciting about looking for a hidden treasures amongst piles of dirty, dusty and cast-off relics.

Shopping flea markets isn’t something I’ve done all my life, I’ve only been treasure hunting for about the last 6 or 7 years.  In that time I think I have become pretty savvy at vintage shopping, partly because I’ve taken the time read about, study and research the craft.

If you love flea market shopping and want to learn how to find the best collectibles and vintage pieces, I have 5 books I recommend you read.  All of these books are filled with valuable tips on what to look , how to tell if an item has value and they highlight the best flea markets around the country.



Because I’m a big fan of Better Homes and Gardens books, Flea Market Decorating was the first ‘thrifting’ book I purchased.  Included in this book is a state-by-state listing of flea markets and antique fairs and well as tips on refurbishing your vintage finds. There is also loads of decorating ideas using real room settings with actual vintage items. The cover alone should entice you!






I stumbled upon Flea Market Secrets in a thrift store and gave it my usual flip through to get a feel for the images.  One of the best things about this book are the 10 Golden Rules of shopping flea markets that the author outlines.  The rules are tried-and-true and things you’ll want to employ no matter where you shop.  I also like that there are chapters dedicated to different types of items like glass, furniture, textiles and jewelry.  Each chapter give you in-depth information on what types of items to buy, what to pass up and how to care for your treasures.  You’ll also find the authors favorite flea markets around the world from Paris to Round Top, Texas.







I remember when Lara Spencer first announced that she was writing a book of thrifting–I was so excited.  I’m a big fan of Lara’s, have watched all  her HGTV shows and love her design (and fashion) style.  Her book, I Break For Yard Sales is one of the best out there and I love the fact that it combines flea market and thrifting tips with great design advice and inspiration.  Page after page Lara shares her passion form shopping yard sales, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets.  You’ll learn her bargain hunting secrets and get insight from appraisers on what to look for when shopping.



You gotta love that Lara isn’t above dumpster diving for a treasure!





Lara’s second book, Flea Market Fabulous expands upon her flea market shopping tips by showcasing nine rooms that have been decorated with thrifted pieces. The book walks you through the entire process of decorating with vintage finds, from creating a design plan to building a mood board.  I also love the room illustrations and before and after photos of the DIY transformations Lara and her team pull off.








And finally, my list of inspirational flea market shopping books would not be complete without Eddie Ross’ amazing book Modern Mix.  When you want to take you flea market and antique shopping to the next level, this is the book that will guide you.  Throughout the 8 chapters of the book you’ll find beautiful images of chic interiors, table settings, bars and parties created using vintage pieces.  And along with sharing his secrets to shopping, Eddie will teach you how to expertly combine colors and pattern, mix old and new & curate a high and low mix within your decor.

“Modern Mix cracks the code to navigating thrift shops, yard sales and flea markets with confidence.”






And of course I had to share a few of my flea market shopping tips with you:

  1. Have a list of items you’re looking for but be flexible.  Shopping flea markets can be overwhelming and you can easily get side-tracked so it’s a good idea to have a list of ‘must have’ items to keep you focused.
  2. Let your creativity flow.  Whenever I’m out treasure hunting, I always stop and think about an item I’m interested in.  I think about the different ways I could use it in my decor or how I could transform it into something else.  Many of the items you’ll find shopping won’t be a perfect fit but with a little creativity and work they can be become real gems.
  3. If you love it, buy it.  We’ve all been there–spotting an item but then giving it too much thought and passing it by.  Then we have buyers regret and go back hoping the piece is still there but sadly it’s not.  I learned early in the game that if you love it and it fits your budget and needs then get it.
  4. Negotiate.  Flea market and vintage shop dealers are used to bargaining so don’t be afraid to negotiate the price.  And remember the more items you buy from one dealer, the better your bargaining strength.

For even more flea market shopping tips, read my 10 Tips for Shopping Flea Markets Like a Pro post.

Happy hunting friends.

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