Hi friends! This time of year I really like to switch out my home decor books and revisit them, so today I am going to share with you my top 5 home inspiration books. Let me know if you have already read any of these books and if so, which would make your top 5 list?
I have always had a love for home decor books but the last few years my interest has been more of cultivating a love for the home I have and being creative with reworking items I already have in new ways. Melissa Michaels, http://www.theinspiredroom.net “The Inspired Room, Simple Ideas to love the home you have” is such a jewel and offers so many ideas on cultivating ones style and interjecting your own personality into your home. She covers everything from how your home should reflect the likes of you and your family and what cultivates a retreat like feeling for your family. I love that Melissa says; “this isn’t about following the rules or style trends that someone who has never been in your home tells you to adhere to. It is about rediscovering the simple ways you can tend to, brighten up, and personalize your home.” Look for the beauty your home has to offer.
My next favorite is by Sandy Coughlin, www.reluctantentertainer.com blog. Her book is “The Reluctant Entertainer, Every Women’s Guide to Simple and Gracious Hospitality.” I have had this book for quite a while and refer to it often. This one is not so much about cultivating a home you love, but the reason why we have a home, to open it up to others. 1 Peter 4:9 says simply to “offer hospitality to one another without grumbling”, our homes are the perfect place to show love to one another. Sandy shares a ton of ways to make opening up your home more simple, less stressful and more enjoyable. There are recipes in the back that I have used on may occasions, especially when we have family in town for holidays. This one is a keeper for sure.
I am sure that you all have heard of this next book, “The Nesting Place”, by Myquillyn Smith. www.thenester.com. Her tagline in case you have not heard is “it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful” and I love that because it frees us to be creative in our home decor and to think about how we want our homes to feel when people visit. Creating a “place of peace” in our homes should be more important than having a perfectly clean or decorated home. In her book she shares pictures of real life; feet propped on coffee tables, pillows and blankets being used, a messy lived in family room, thus giving us the go ahead to do the same. I will admit that when I first was married I struggled with perfectionism in everything I did and it made doing anything in our home a struggle. Our homes are meant to be lived in and enjoyed by those that dwell in it and those that enter into it.
Another great book by a blogger I have followed for a long time is Miss Mustard Seeds, “Inspired You” by Marian Parsons. This is a beautiful book full of wisdom and great tutorials on how to strip the finish off of your table to sewing a skirt for your ottoman. She speaks to decorating a home on a tight budget, using books and magazines to spark inspiration in your home. Learning that contentment is a daily choice we make, though it may not always be easy, especially in today’s culture. Her blog, http://www.missmustardseed.com is full of great inspiration, and if you look closely you will see this is where I was inspired to make my curtains in my home. So many practical do it yourself tips in this book, many that I have done and yet some I hope to try in the future.
Tsh Oxenreider, http://www.SimpleMom.net blog and founder of SimpleLivingMedia.com shares practical tips in her book “Organized Simplicity.” Her tips help cultivate a simplified life by eliminating clutter in your home so that you may live a more intentional life. I love that her book is small and packed full of great tips from recipes for homemade cleaners to worksheet templates for you to use when you are going through every room of your home, home management templates for you to create a notebook to keep track of everything in your home.
So there you have my top 5 favorite home decor inspirational books, all beautifully written and well thought out. Regardless of which ones you choose to read, or if you read them all, I think you will be inspired in some way to create a home that enables you to enjoy the simpler things in life and open it up to others.
Till next time