Spring is giving little hints that it is almost here, and with every glimpse that yearly desire to dig out of the snowbanks, open the windows, and make everything fresh and new grows stronger.
One of the things I have been most recently inspired to freshen up for spring is my home decor. Though I love my furry throw pillows and winter berry wreath, I am definitely ready to pack them away and put together a space for breezy, laid-back spring and summer living.
Here is a list of five books I enjoyed. They inspired me to try new things to give my home a new look and I hope they do the same for you too.
Why I Like It: The cover alone is bright and inviting, and that’s only the beginning! This little book features light and airy country-style homes that make me long for a fresh lemonade, a porch swing, and a warm spring breeze. Tips for small home decor changes that can be made in a day are sprinkled throughout, with the concepts illustrated in the beautiful photographs.
Why I Like It: Martin Amado has more of a high-end, professional design aesthetic, but he keeps it attainable by describing some of the theory behind decorating. While reading his book, I feel like I am gaining tools to help my home be more put-together, as well as inspiration from the serene rooms featured in the photographs.
Why I Like It: I have checked this book out so many times, but I just keep coming back to it. This book has budget friendly home DIY’s to get the creativity juices flowing, and presents the projects with easy to follow instructions — the perfect companion to a sunny spring day spent working on projects out in the garage!
Why I Like It: Sometimes it feels like it is difficult to strike the balance between having a pretty house and a home that works with my everyday life. Sherry and John Petersik are a design blogging couple who also have two young children and pets, so their book reflects their understanding of being a DIY decorator as well as creating a space that is functional – and beautiful – for everyone.
Why I Like It: Spring is usually the time for cleaning everything and getting rid of the old to make way for the new. Sometimes, though, the fear is that if too much is purged, the house will feel cold and empty. Myquillyn Smith shows that doesn’t have to be the case, and it is possible to have both a cozy and minimalist house.