Required Reading: Three Books with Inspiring Design Lessons.

In need of some inspiration, I brought home three new books: Home by Ellen DeGeneres, Simple Matters by Erin Boyle, and Design Sponge at Home by Grace Bonney. These are three very different books, but they all had something to teach me, and I completely gobbled them up in a single afternoon.

Required Reading: Frecklin’ Amazing

A while ago I came across some pictures by the Russian photographer Alexandra Bachkareva. Her luminous portraits show the natural beauty of freckles and I thought the images would be perfect for a book. Imagine my surprise when I found out a new coffee table book celebrating freckles is coming out in time for Christmas.

Required Reading: Judged by its Cover

The Kinfolk Home is here. And it is beautiful, from front cover to back cover and everything in between. I highly recommend you get your own copy (because I’ve already drooled all over this one).   Photos: Charlotte Coffey    

Required Reading: Getting Cozy with Monocle

Last weekend I took the chance to snuggle up on the couch with a juicy apple and my new book, The Monocle Guide to Cosy Homes. This is the third book from Monocle following The Monocle Guide to Better Living and The Monocle Guide to Good Business.