BOOK REVIEW – UNDECORATE: THE NO-RULES APPROACH TO INTERIOR DESIGN…

Undecorate: The No-Rules Approach to Interior Design is a book by Christiane Lemieux, & Ruman Alam.

Undecorate profiles twenty homes from all over the country, revealing their owners’ love of imperfection and penchant for surprise and unusual juxtapositions while inspiring readers to follow their own whimsy and practicalities in their personal spaces. An anglophile creates an English manor in Hollywood, mixing British flea-market finds with midcentury furniture. A car fanatic turns a vintage Airstream trailer into a master bedroom and situates it in the middle of a vast industrial loft in downtown Chicago. A couple transforms a log house in Nashville, Tennessee, by blending their modern and eclectic styles with the home’s rustic charm. Though the designs differ widely, the spaces all express an open-minded attitude. Some homes embrace their contexts, while others transcend them. All are shaped by instinct and imagination and share innovative ideas that readers can use to organically and elegantly create their home to match their lifestyle and tastes.

Lemieux gets to the essence of the homeowners’ distinctive styles, pinpointing the transformative ideas, thoughtful details, and useful solutions that make each home memorable. With more than 200 full-color photographs, Undecorate will both inspire and guide homeowners to a new outlook on home design.

It is a great book about fun interiors. It shows integrated interiors, lived-in and functional looks that are very classy and from contemporary to cozy, English cottage and Hygge living style.

BOOK REVIEW – KINFOLK HOME by NATHAN WILLIAMS…

Kinfolk Home by Nathan Williams. Although not a new book (2015) I couldn’t stop looking through this book with Kinfolk’s focus on slowing down and creating a more intentional, beautiful home where they say the attention is shifting.

Through luscious photographs and insightful interviews, the author takes us into 40 homes around the world, from the Americas to Europe, Asia to Africa, ending in Australia. The homes range from an old cabin in the woods to clean-lined modern apartments, from singles living in small spaces to sprawling, multi-generational houses in the country. Each will feel unmistakably Kinfolk.

Nathan Williams is the author of The Eye, The Kinfolk Entrepreneur, The Kinfolk Home, and The Kinfolk Table and the editor in chief of Kinfolk, a lifestyle magazine published quarterly by Ouur studio. Founded in 2011, Kinfolk maintains a vibrant contributor base from Copenhagen to Cape Town and hosts hundreds of global events each year that bring the community together.

A book you can delve into at any time and well worth keeping out on your table. Available from Amazon and other good bookshops.

BE HAPPY – TOP 5 HYGGE BOOKS THAT WILL MAKE YOU FEEL BETTER…

With all the doom and gloom in the news at the moment we could all do with a pick up, so here’s my top five HYGGE books that will make you feel better.

HYGGE: A Complete Book on Living HYGGE, Bringing Coziness and Happiness in your Life with the Danish art of Happiness – Discovering How to Live Life & Enjoy life’s Simple Pleasures by Marie Lynggaard which was only published yesterday. This book is written to give you practical steps to reduce stress, declutter your life, overcome chaos and propel yourself to real freedom using the principles of hygge. This book will help you become super knowledgeable about Danish philosophy of happiness and well-being even if you are a complete beginner with no hygge experience.

HYGGE : How to live with MINDFULNESS your MINIMALISTIC LIFESTYLE. Discover THE NORDIC DANISH WAY that will give you the reason of happiness and enjoy the habits of living in your COZILY home by Olivia Life, and also only just published on 1st March. Everyone has the secret of his or her joy. However, for that, you have to know yourself well, of course, and know what you want. This book will help you do it. Even if you are stressed and your days are gray, you will learn to smile at life in no time.

THE COSY LIFE WITH HYGGE by Pia Edburg published 1st May 2019. Rediscover the joy of the simple things through the Danish cultural concept of Hygge in The Cozy Life with Hygge. This book will inspire you to slow down and enjoy life’s cozy moments! Say goodbye to the winter blues and live a healthier, more centered life.

HYGGE : Comfort & Food For The Soul : A cosy collection of comfort food, drinks & lifestyle recipes for you, your friends & family to enjoy by Cook Nation published in November 2016. I had to include this book with its recipes that will pick you up when your feeling down. Hygge is warm drinks, comfort food, cosy clothes, candles, blankets, conversation, bike rides & walks through the forest. Hygge can be tasted, seen, heard & felt – it affects all our senses. In short it’s about enjoying the simple pleasures in life.

HYGGE In The Early Years by Kimberley Smith published in December 2017. We can’t forget our little ones especially during the very demanding early years. This book is about HYGGE in the early years The Danish approach to life that focuses on living in the moment and enjoying every minute. It’s not about having to buy new things but simply taking the time to enjoy the special every day moments we have. This book will look at how we can embed a little bit more hygge in our day to day teaching and learning with the children and also for ourselves to improve wellbeing and work life balance.