Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The In Between Times

This time of year is always a bit difficult for me decorating-wise. It's not like the fall, when I want to bring in lots of coziness. Or late spring when it's all about decorating the porch and patio. I'm a little tired of being inside so decorating the house for this in between time doesn't interest me. Instead this becomes my planning time. Dreaming time. And it's all about the books.

If you're at all like me, you might enjoy a bit of inspiration yourself. As a fan of the old Domino magazine, I really enjoy Domino: The Book of Decorating. While it's not quite as much fun, I love some of the quirky, fun, and often inexpensive tips that are so reminiscent of the magazine.

If you're looking for how-to's like hanging artwork or picking the right sized rug, Vern Yip's Design Wise does it in spades. This is a good place to start if you want the look you want but you want it to be the right size, shape, color . . . it's information and inspiration filled.

Books about organizing are huge! Not only is it the time of year, but it also seems to be a subject many people are drawn to now. I must admit I'm not big on organizing books because it's generally more than I will ever do. I'm pretty organized and clutter-free but putting food in beautifully labeled containers instead of those garish grocery store packages is just more than I'm willing to do. Still I have enjoyed a couple of magazine articles. Both from March 2018, Good Housekeeping (I know, I know . . . I don't buy it but it comes unsolicited in my mail) and House Beautiful have very good articles on organizing. The advice comes from a variety of sources, several of which I pursued on their own. Most of the advice wasn't canned or typical.

And finally, I just had to throw in a celebrity book. I admit I haven't read it, but I am intrigued, although the reviews are mixed. The House That Pinterest Built by Diane Keaton is definitely on my list. I really love her sense of style and am curious about her new home. Of course it may be that kitchen from Something's Gotta Give that really makes me want to read it.

I'll let you know.