While it can be really easy to get sucked up in scrolling through your phone or browsing on your computer, there is something very awakening about picking up an actual book when your well of inspiration has run dry. Below are a few of my favorite titles to turn to when I find myself blinded by the blue light and in need of some tangible images under my fingers.
To start, a quintessential style icon, The Kinfolk Home. As the title (“Interiors for slow living”) would suggest the volume is full of fantastically sparse spaces. Sparse does not stand for plain in any sense, however. Throughout this book, you are taken to homes all over the world and see how many ways a home can be created through thoughtful gestures. I tend to stray from ‘trends’ and focus solely on creative features that will stand the test of time. This book always encourages me to approach any design with careful intention, and to make sure that the accents I choose will serve the space well, under any circumstance and in any decade.
Up next is another super fun volume called Etcetera, by Sibella Court. If Kinfolk is a practical older sister, obsessed with keeping things neat and tidy, Etcetera is the kaleidoscopic younger sibling, doling out color and sometimes even glitter over the eldest’s white linen. Etc. is all about using things in unexpected ways, taking small items and using them as focal points, and how using colors appropriately can be the greatest thing in the world. Sibella encourages readers to re-think household items, stating that a chair can be a table, the floor can be a bookcase, and a photograph from vacation can be your room’s next color story. I think the biggest underlying theme of this book is passion, and how your love for life can so easily transform your space from timeless but lifeless to purely you in every possible sense.
If you want a bit more international influence in your home, look no further than the French publication MiLK. MiLK is an amazing resource for incredibly different and equally incredible spaces all around the world. Trust me, you do not need to fluent in French to appreciate every stunning image in this publication (although, sure, if you’re fancy and bilingual go ahead and translate while you look). This issue takes you through homes all over the world, from native France to a stunning apartment in Brooklyn that will leave you wondering why you don’t have yellow velvet couches and a window/wall in your bedroom that opens to the roof. Sometimes language isn’t necessary to understand when something is just beautiful and this is totally one of those times. Images are all you need.
Those are just three of the books I currently keep at the house, but there are so. Many. more. A few more of my faves that you’ll just have to look up for yourself are:
What are some books that have sparked your interior dreams? List them below so I can check them out!