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Books That Inspire And Educate

I love books! To hold a book is to create a relationship with it. I love smelling it, feeling it, and holding it close to my heart.

I wold like to share with you my top 5 that I own and love, on Interior Design.

1. "Home Body", by Joanna Gaines. Every one is in love with her this days, me included.

Here is what Harper Collins Publishers have said about the book:

"Joanna Gaines walks you through how to create a home that reflects the personalities and stories of the people who live there. Using examples from her own farmhouse as well as a range of other homes, this comprehensive guide will help you assess your priorities and instincts, as well as your likes and dislikes, with practical steps for navigating and embracing your authentic design style. Room by room, Homebody gives you an in-depth look at how these styles are implemented as well as how to blend the looks you're drawn to in order to create spaces that feel distinctly yours. A removable design template at the back of the book offers a step-by-step guide to planning and sketching out your own design plans. The insight shared in Homebody will instill in you the confidence to thoughtfully create spaces you never want to leave."

2. "STYLED", by Emily Henderson.

As a designer myself, I feel that I mostly work with my clients identifying exactly the same things as Emily. Their needs, their style, their personalities. It all should reflect in the end when I walk out from client's home. I have found that one of the hardest things for my clients is to know what style they are. Most like different things, different styles even and straggling in knowing how to bring all what they love together in cohesiveness. "STYLED" will help you to identify what your style is. She provides "a home style quiz" to put name to your style. And she will walk you through styling a room from start to finish in 10 steps!!!! Amazing, right!

3. "Domino", by Deborah Needleman, Sara Ruffin Costello, & Dara Caponigro

Before I move on telling you more about this book, you need to know that "domino, the book of decorating" has a sister

They both are wonderful! And will be very helpful in creating a space that you love. Domino, the book of decorating will demystify the process of design and will give you the tools for making your home personal, functional and beautiful! My favorite part of this book is "the big black book" aka a guide to the best decorating resources. Next to each store you will see $$$ sign indicating how expensive the store is. This tool is awesome and will save you time and money.

As I open the book the first thing I read:

"Style is a luxury, and luxury is simply what makes you happy."

Boom! Nailed it! It has become my believe that even though I was hired by my clients to provide my professional opinion and services, in the end it is their home and beauty is always in the eyes of a beholder. I love finding what is beautiful to my clients and try to find cohesiveness with what I feel will serve the place best. It is always a process, a master piece that in the end is a sum of my opinion and my clients vision.

Do you dislike homes that look to much like an un lived-in, to perfect, not enough personalities. Home that when you walk in you would never tell who lives there or what often takes place within its walls? If this is you, then this book is for you! It's homie, it's cozy and it is a friend that will help you see how to make your everyday living enhanced and beautified with everything you already have. You will love this book.

I love that Rebecca wrote this book not as interior designer but as a textile designer and an artist. She gets color! She gets pattern, and textures and how to work it all together. In her book she only teaches you what you need to know to implement it right away. She will help you to look for patterns in places you never thought of and help you to see how to inject that into your home while bringing together colors and textures.

"The best rooms also have something to say about the people who live in them" David Hicks

XO, Anya

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