coffee talk, may 2014

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It’s about time.  Rain has gone, spring has sprung!  At least in worlds where seasons are beneficent to its cities.  For us, it’s all day every day summer.  Living along the equator has never been this funky.  We worry about and indulge in absolutely different things now.  My husband and I are quite adaptable people so we never really stop to think whether we like the new environment.  Sure, there are certain things that have become more or less suitable for us but at the end of the day we neither love nor hate the city.  Time will tell but so far, so good.  We’re happy.

I spent a good two months microscopically unpacking, cleaning, and decorating our new home.  My husband would remind me to take time and not rush because of exhaustion but I think I wanted to feel as quickly settled as possible.  Our new home is much smaller than our old but our attentiveness to space and organization has (hopefully) optimized the place.

Aside from our own taste and design personality, I picked up a few books to find inspiration on decorating.  I loved each of them and although it didn’t directly impact how we set up our house, it did offer ideas to bounce off of.  Plus, I love looking at beautiful photos of other homes!  My own conclusion is no matter where or how we settle down to decorate, the most important thing is to evolve all design and efficiency around our very unique lifestyle and taste.  It’s so unnecessary to do something with other people in mind.  You should be happiest in your home.  That’s what makes a happy home.   In order of favorite & most recommended:

dApartment Therapy’s Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces by Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan This book is dedicated to smaller spaces.  It’s so inspiring to see how people creatively solve space problems.  Really gets down to having only pertinent items at home but doesn’t dampen innovation and personalization.  Everybody knows right??

The Nest’s Home Design Handbook by Carley Roney It’s a very good basic home deco handbook to have.  It outlines some fundamental concepts of organizing in simple ways.  Very elegant home examples.

young-house-love-264x300Young House Love by Sherry and John Petersik This power DIY couple has their own blog and updates almost daily with their very do-it-yourself home projects!  What began as small tweaks (fixing baby crib or bookshelf) evolved into building home and renovating rooms.  Pretty inspiring.  And they make everything look so easy!

Design Sponge at Home by Grace Bonney
Grace also has a famous blog that features everything from unique home tours to women who have made an impact in the design industry.  The book is filled with ideas of customization.

51gBLgvTtPL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_I also enjoyed reading Domino: Book of Decorating but the style examples were a tad bit too feminine/showroom for me; and another of Apartment Therapy called Real Homes Real People Hundreds of Real Design Solutions, which was fun but not particularly helpful.  Most of them were from the website anyway.

Happy reading & decorating! xoxo