I’m always in need of a good book to read and I always particularly love a good design book. They’re a great source of inspiration and full of design lessons. Here’s what I’m wishing for these days:
Erin Gates has written one of the funniest and wittiest design books I’ve read so far. I love that she has a relateable story at the beginning of every chapter. But what I adore the most is that unexpectedly, she got her husband to write the forward note for this book instead of another well known designer and I think it’s sweet what he had to say about her.
Once in a while, there’s a book worth the wait. This was one of them. The New Bohemian by Justina Blakeney.
I love bohemian and I’m a little free-spirited. But bohemian is not entirely my style. I’m a bit more eclectic. As I read this book, I discovered there were six types of bohemians: Modern, Earthy, Folksy, Nomadic, Romantic, and Maximal. Who knew? I didn’t. This is why I read (Preferably hard copy, thank you. There’s more magic involved.). I’m a bit of an earthy and nomadic bohemian. Lately, my collection of live greenery has been growing. That’s due to what’s well known as “trial and error.” My Christmas cactus has been hanging in there for about seven years. Impressive life span, don’t you think?
Before I got this book, I knew very little about Alexa Hampton. I knew her name and I knew she is one of the top designers. I wasn’t very familiar with her work, but now I am determined to be. There’s a reason why she’s known for what she does. She knows what she’s talking about! If you need several more reasons, she has very good taste and she learned from the best: Mark Hampton, her father. I’ll need to read his book written by his wife.
The Beautiful Elements
Welcome to The Beautiful Elements. The very definition of beautiful is to please the senses or the mind aesthetically. When your surroundings, your elements are aesthetically pleasing, you feel better. It’s like taking a deep breath and feeling like you can take on the world.