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Thursday, March 5, 2009

My 3 Current Favorite Books

I love junking and decorating books. I love to look at the same ones again and again and again. Each time discovering something new with new eyes. Every night, my routine includes, looking through at least one of my decorating books or magazines, before I close my eyes. I keep post-its next to my reading places, so I can mark pages, and paper so I can jot down ideas. This year, I'm allowing myself 1 new junking book per month. I have 3 current favorites that I want to share with you.

First I'll talk about the "New French Decor". This is not a cheap book, but if you are ready for a splurge, pick it up. It's full of great ideas and wonderful pictures of soft, creamy junk and found objects to inspire your creativity. The displays are cluttered, and mostly in the shades of cream and white. There is a whole section for outdoor displays and it's 271 pages, with a smile on each page. You can see more pictures from this book here.

Next is "Modern Country", I've talked about this book on my web site before and after 2 months it's still one of my favs. It also ascribes to the "can't have too many things on one table" philosophy, but the displays incorporate more color than the previous book. It's the country decorating we all know, placed in in a shaker with a little modern, industrial and cottage, and shaken all together with some wonderful results.

Lastly is my newest book, called" Recycled Home". I'm usually wary about purchasing a book sight unseen, but I stepped out of my comfort zone on this one. It is a minimalist approach to Junk Decorating. The authors are English and have a store and home in England where most of the photos were taken. Lots of whites and creams in this book as well. And lots and lots of re-purposing. Most of the walls and backdrops are left industrial and chippy and most of the decor is found objects, which make this book right up my alley. It leans more to the industrial side of junk decorating than cottage and definitely not prim. The Authors also have another book "Restoration Home" Which I have been informed is the
exact same book, page per page.

You can read more about these books by clicking the links below. And let me say that if you click these links, and then buy something from, it helps to support my web efforts. I'm not asking you to buy anything, but just so you'll know, that if you do, I get a little something to keep it all going. The French Decor book has a different cover from mine, but he ISBN number is the same.

Next Garage Sale
will start sometime Saturday Afternoon. I'll be out of town Friday and I'll return Saturday. I'll get the pictures up as soon as I can after I return.


Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Oh my, I have these three books and love them too! I also have to look at something nice before I lay myself down to sleep - it's very restful, relaxing and good for the brain too.

smith kaich jones said...

I have been looking at "New French Decor" at Barnes & Noble for quite a little bit now, lusting. I still have gift card $$ there, left over from Christmas. I believe you have talked me into it.

:) Debi

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

I have the New French Decor, but not the others. Will have to check them out. The NFD was well worth the money paid for it!

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage said...

Thanks for sharing, Margo! I'll add them to my wish list!

Tina said...

I have the Modern Country book and I just love it. Thanks for the tip on the others.

I always enjoy my visit to your blog.


Every piece of junk is someone's memory. said...

Who has time for books when I can sit on my computer and get all KINDS of info? hee hee! Great blog, always inspiring. thanx for all of the time you spend showing and telling us stories and projects. You are an inspiration!

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