Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Five Favorites.....

Hi Everyone…

Thanks for stopping in for a visit today. I hope your week is going well. My week is going fairly well. Things are good at home and at work, but I’m not enjoying the weather so much. While the sun has been shining brightly in the sky, the cold air has once again moved back into Minnesota after we had a mini heat wave over the weekend when the temperature on Saturday reached a balmy 46 degrees. Boy did that mild air feel nice. It was so nice to be outside running errands and not feel like your ears were going to freeze and fall off…. LOL

It was just a little teaser day to let us know that spring is not so far away but that winter isn't quite ready to leave either.

Now, on to a different topic. I have been a collector of interior decorating books for as long as I can remember. I have quite a collection of them and I can spend hours thumbing through the books looking for new ideas that may inspire me to recreate the look of something in my own own, or even better yet, start me off on a new collection for some sort. While I love all of the books I have, I do have a few particular favorites and today I am going to give you a peak at what they are.

Of course, with my love of everything "Shabby, Pink & Pretty", I'm sure you won't be too surprised to learn that two of my favorite decorating books are Rachel Ashewell's "Shabby Chic at Home" and "Shabby Chic Treasure Hunting & Decorating Guide". I just love the Shabby Chic look, from the pretty, soft floral fabrics to the slightly shabby furniture and collectibles, soft pink roses and beautifully decorated rooms. If a girl could live inside the pages of a book, these are two books that I could move right into and feel perfectly at home.


Then there is the stunningly gorgeous book that Niki Fretwell from Nostaglia at The Stone House created and which is available for purchase thru BLURB. The book was a little pricey, even for the soft cover which I purchased, but it was totally worth every penny!!! This book is loaded with page after page of beautiful photos. I so love the look over shelves, nooks and crannies stuffed with all kinds of pretty things. It makes everything look so pretty and cozy. You can read more about Niki’s book and how to purchase it on her blog.

Another one of my favorites is “Decorating Vintage Style” by Christina Strutt. This is another book that features rooms decorated in a vintage style with soft romantic fabrics and pretty collections.

Rounding out the top five is the book “Vintage Vavoom” from the editors of Romantic Homes magazine. This too is a beautifully photographed book that has page of page of photos of different vintage inspired collections and decorating ideas.


I hope you enjoyed your little sneak peak into my bookshelf to see what some of my favorite decorating books are. I would love to know what yours are...

How about if I "Tag" all my visitors and ask you to share a list of your top five decorating books with me and everyone else. It will be fun to see how many of us enjoy the same books.

I'll be back again soon. Take care and have a great week....

9 comments:

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

I think we have something in common! decor books! I have tonnes of them.. and it is everywhere in my house too! I also love Rachel Ashwell but I managed to get just one of her book namely Shabby Chic, I've yet to get her other two books.. and also Niki's book.. that one.. is currently my top priority list of stuff to buy..while the other two Vintage Style & Vintage vavoom were my faves too! have a great day!
xo
Fitty

Holly said...

I do not own one single decorating book! Isnt that sad?! I have been known to check them out at the libray though. ☺

The Faded Cottage said...

Hi Kim,
Thanks for the nice comment you left on my blog, I love when comments are left. I see you also added me to your blog roll. Thanks so much for that also,I'm trying to make my way out into the blog world. I will list your blog on my site............Love the decorating books you already mentioned and own them. I also have "For The Love Of Old" by Mary Randoloh Carter, great inspirational book. Have a fabulous evening, Janice

Debbi said...

Hi Kim--you have been tagged girlfriend!! Go to my blog and see what you need to do to tag some of your friends!

Also-I have those Rachel Ashwell books too! I love her style. Her table settings are amazing.

Valerie@travelingthrough2 said...

I really don't have any decorating books anymore either. I am really liking your bookshelf with the wallpaper on the back, hum, may have to try something like that with a couple of mine, put a little zip into them!
Valerie

rosechicfriends said...

Hi Kim,
Just finally getting a chance to visit friends who've recently come by my blog. Thanks so much I appreciate getting your sweet comments!

You have some wonderful books and I think I might have a few of the same ones you have..wish you lived closer cause I LOVE to revisit my magazines and decor books often! It would be fun to share and bring them out and go thru them with a friend!

Have a great rest of the week...Lorena

That shabby Pink Girl said...

Love, Love, Love your pretty blog, we have the same likes, I have every book Rachel has out, I too have a Shabby Chic Home. Your pictures are so pretty, It's fun to look at your pretty things.
Blessings to you.

marian elizabeth

Sandra~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

I love my decorating books too. By the way I want the lovely dish you displayed on the shelf. It's just gorgeous

Rose Garden Romantic said...

Those are some of my favorite books, too!!
Michelle