I love a good design book. I mean that’s a given. And, as you know, I love ALL kinds of books. But, when a design book is married with useful information, well then that is when you have a winner. And, Apartment Therapy Complete and Happy Home by Maxwell Ryan and Janel Laban is just that. It’s imagery is inspiring and the content is resourceful.
I’ve long been a fan of Apartment Therapy, the website (My daughter’s room was featured on their website a few years back) and now I can say the same about the book.
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It’s been too long since I’ve shared what I’ve been reading. It’s not that I haven’t been reading. I have been reading a lot. My habbit of reading in multiples (at least three at at time) would be a really hard one for me to break. I feel it would be likened to limiting yourself to
You know I love a good book. Whether fiction, personal growth, or design related, I only share my favorite – “you must read and add to your collection” – books. And, Gabrielle Blair’s (a.k.a Design Mom) new book, Design Mom: How to Live With Kids: A Room-by-Room Guide, is one of those. It’s one you’ll want to have on your coffee table, and reference often because it’s both informative and beautiful.
I’ve been long awaiting this book, because I love everything Gabby does and, also, because my home is featured in it. I’ve had my home featured online and in a catalog, but to be in print, in a book, is pretty exciting!
This past weekend we had to make a quick trip to Georgia. There was nothing quick about the drive, but what it did provide was hours to pour over my copy of the Design Mom book. I don’t usually spend hours pouring over design related books. Rather, I ooh and ahh over pictures and tag stickies on spaces I’d like to emulate. But, I am not exaggerating when I say I spent hours. I read every page. It was that informative. Yes, I oohed and ahhed over the photos — they are stunning, but I also oohed and ahhed over the wise ways Gabby has made her home functional for her six children, and how she teaches her children to function in it, everyone doing their part.
I knew I wanted this book. But, I didn’t know how much I needed it.
For awhile, now, I’ve been wrestling with simplifying. I make starts at streamlining, scour for solutions to save time and frustration (for both parents and children) only to keep taking steps back or stopping at my starts. I’ve known some things I need to do, instinctively, but just didn’t have the stamina (I suppose) to push myself into implementing change. This book, has really become a catalyst for me.
For instance . . . .
i look for books, and books find me.
i look in bookstores, because a bookstore is not just one place, it is many. within the walls are pages, and within the pages; places, people and practices that you can peek into and possibly take with you. you can take your escape. you can start your excavate. i find this possibility promising. i also look online, when the looking is late at night. one click leading to another until the final one that is the promise of a package in your post. and, then there are others who do the looking for me. friends that recommend. and, a mom who still seems to know what is needed to grow. a grandmother and a father who’s shelves i never pass by. instead, i study. i study the shelves crowded with years upon years of wisdom through written word, calling out to me. just the titles alone are telling. they tell of growth, of past pain, of purpose, of personality and of life living.
i’ve listed all the books (that i can remember) that i read last year:
i have something to confess. i don’t do crafts with my kids very often. this is kind of hard to admit as a mom of four and a design blogger who is “supposed” to live my offline life in a very crafty online kind of way. the thing is i’m not a super great crafter myself. i think of the clean up. i think of not being able to do it just right (i know i know, clearly i need to learn a thing or two about art and inhibitions), i think of meltdowns. but, what i’ve been thinking lately after thumbing through mer mag’s newly released book, PLAYFUL, is that i can do this, and i want to! and, hey, the back of the book has templates (click through to see), how amazing is that? there are crafts a plenty that would be appealing to both girls and boys (mer is a mom of boys) and moms too!
playful, styled by brittany watson jepsen of the house that lars built, is a darling as darling gets. i’m so inspired creatively just looking through this book. it’s one i’m glad to have in my collection and one that i’ll be buying as gift.