How’s that for a title that combines two totally unrelated things? First things first, I picked up this cute Scheurich vase (Europe line) on Monday at le thrift for 1,50 EUR. Colour-wise it is quite restrained as far as West-German pottery goes and almost looks like it could be from Habitat’s current range of home accessories. It even elevates my humble little bunch of supermarket flowers to something more visually interesting.
Books! Like my elegant transition? Every few months I keep tabs on recent publications and update my wishlist accordingly. I must admit that I almost never purchase books as soon as they become available, especially where hardcover interior decorating books are concerned, because prices come down so substantially after only a few months of availability. Here’s a small selection of publications that I’m interested in currently, please feel free to add yours in the comments:
Undecorate: The No-Rules Approach to Interior Design by Christiane Lemieux.
I believe that the single most important change that has happened recently in the world of interior design is the growing acceptance of the freedom to do whatever the heck you want. Sure, some people do this with a more inherent sense of style and panache than others and there’s a fine line between “ecclectic” and “hot mess”, but so many talented and successful bloggers continue to prove that rigid, stuffy ideas about decorating one’s home can be broken to great effect. The amazon blurb for Undecorate promises inspiration for putting together a home with personality and challenges readers to “push aside stuffy, professionaly-designed decor”. Sounds good!
In the same vein, this awesomely-titled publication by Mary Randolph Carter promises some serious eye candy: A Perfectly Kept House is the Sign of a Misspent Life:How to live creatively with collections, clutter, work, kids, pets, art, etc. …and stop worrying about everything being perfectly in its place. You had me at the title, Ms. Carter!
It’s refreshing to see publications on homes that are meant to be enjoyed and to reflect life’s journeys. The fact that Ms. Carter is the longtime creative director for Ralph Lauren also helps.
I can’t help it, I love me some Bill Bryson. At Home: A Short History of Private Life promises an entertaining but informative history of domesticity in trademark witty Bryson style. I’m there.
Finally, I am going to pounce on Magdalena Droste’s history of the Bauhaus (published in cooperation with the Bauhaus Archiv) especially because the hardcover version is now available for a little over ten bucks:
I’ll review as I work my way through them. What’s on your weekend reading list?