BOOK REVIEWS OF THE MONTH ON IMAGES OF A HYGGE LIFESTYLE…

I have two brilliant book review for this month. Both books are great and would look amazing on your coffee table.

Inspire Your Home: Easy Affordable Ideas to Make Every Room Glamorous by Farah Merhi. This gorgeous book is full of inspiring ideas and images to set your mind on fire. Farah Merhi launched Inspire Me! Home Decor in 2012 as a creative outlet during a transitional time in her life. Farah was about to graduate college and planned to attend law school. Going through the motions and feeling unfulfilled in her career choice, she built up the courage to face her truth. Taking time off to figure herself out, Farah, through a remodel project in her home, had her “ah-ha” moment. The importance of taking care of your home, specifically in the way you clean, organize, and design, was instilled in her at a young age, but she didn’t realize how much of an impact her upbringing had until she owned her own home. Farah knew she had found her passion and calling, and was determined to inspire home owners to live their best lives in their homes.

Her design style is elegant and glamorous but infused with warmth and coziness, creating a welcoming feel with neutral color palletes, soft and inviting fabrics, and exquisite design details that can work in any room. Farah walks you through every room in the house from the mudroom to the kitchen and kids’ bedrooms. Woven throughout are Farah’s personal stories that will feel like you’re getting design advice from a close friend. Everyone deserves to walk into a beautifully decorated home every day—now you can, with the inspiration and practical tips in Inspire Your Home. Available from Amazon and other good book stores for around £23.99 (Hardcover).

My second choice this month is Home for the Soul: Sustainable and Thoughtful Decorating and Design by Sara Bird & Dan Duchars. Another lovely hardback book for your coffee table. A beautiful book with views of some amazing homes full of peace and tranquility. The photography and ideas will inspire and guide you on how to create the whole look.

Sara Bird and Dan Duchars show how to create a beautiful home that suits its inhabitants while causing minimum damage to our increasingly fragile environment including using non toxic, vegan paints and fabrics. The first section shares ideas for the elements of a stylish yet sustainable home, from lighting to linens, while in Part Two, Sara and Dan visit soulful homes and their owners to discover how they have created interiors that are beautiful yet responsible at the same time. Home for the Soul shows how a mindful, ethically sourced and eco-friendly ethos can be at the heart of modern homemaking. It looks at sustainable, renewable and reclaimed materials, using traditional skills and choosing organic and hand-produced homewares. No matter how new or old a building, or what your own particular style is, there are simple ways to add warmth, contentment and soul to our homes. Available from Amazon and other good book shops from £14.69

OVER TEN CHARITIES YOU CAN SUPPORT BY #RECYCLING…

 If you have some glasses you do not use anymore and are not one of your favourites then give them to Vision Aid Overseas. All you have to do is leave them at most UK optician branches and they will send them onto the developing world.   For CD’s and DVD’s the best place to give them is The Royal National Institute for the Blind as they can raise £50 per 100 CD’s or DVD’s donated.

If you have broken watches, or damaged jewellery then Marie Curie Cancer Care will recycle them for cash.   For electronic goods the ‘Rethink Recycling Appeal’ collects old mobile phones, DVDs, laptops, electric toothbrushes, printer cartridges, cameras, torches, power tools and other electric devices for reuse and recycling, and then allows you to donate the money they make to a charity of your choice.

If you have a load of old textbooks then READ International will collect them from across the UK and send them out to East Africa.  

Batteries can be recycled anywhere that you see the ‘Be Positive’ sign, including M&S, Argos, Homebase, B&Q and Tesco.

For everything else ‘The British Heart Foundation‘ will come and collect goods for free from your house. Just fill in the online booking form on The British Heart Foundation website.

Another company called ‘Stuff U Sell Ltd‘, will collect junk from anywhere in the UK, or you can send it to them or drop it off at their London warehouse. They will sell what they can on eBay for you, then give the rest to Oxfam or a recycling plant. You will get an inventory of how much they’ve sold your stuff for, and a cheque, minus their commission (between 10 and 30 per cent) and what they’ve given to charity. For more details head to Stuff You Sell.

For used ink cartridges head to Recycle4Charity. It is a free and easy to use ink recycling programme, that helps its thousands of members raise funds for charity and non-for-profit organisations. Since our launch in 2002, they have developed strong relationships globally with buyers of used ink cartridges, allowing us to compile and maintain one of the broadest and stable ink cartridge wanted lists in the market.

Water Aid Org will even recycle your car for you so don’t let your old car gather rust – recycle it instead! They work with two partners who can make your next steps simple. Just visit the Giveacar or Charity Car websites to find out how.

Wee Charity works with computers and electrical equipment. WeeeCharity is a NON for profit UK registered charity that helps to relieve poverty by offering a FREE complete recycling of computers and electrical equipment to businesses, residential and education facilities. Lots of help needed with this one at the moment. The equipment can be new, working or at the end of its life we can take it no matter what condition its in.

The Antique Pink — Hygge Design

The antique pink: a true and refined protagonist of our homes interior. Antique pink, thanks to a hint of grey that softens and balances the classic mix of red and white, is in fact all the rage in the world of interior design and seems to have no rivals, neither among the more emblazoned shades […]

The Antique Pink — Hygge Design