The Book Club

Books have been inspiring, educating, entertaining and delighting for thousands of years and luckily for us, amazing books continue to grace the bookshelves of stores, libraries and of course, homes.
Not only do they provide us with inspiration but they also act as wonderful accessories within the home.

 
Book: The House that Pinterest Built, Diane Keaton

The House that Pinterest Built

Diane Keaton

Diane Keaton - actor, director, producer, and a recipient of an Academy Award, BAFTA, and two Golden Globes. Feeling slightly inadequate yet? Sorry to prick your bubble further, but she’s also a photographer, real estate developer and singer too – and now she’s giving our Book Club something to write about.

Are you guilty of falling into the Pinterest rabbit hole for hours on end, like us? What we love about this book is that it’s just that - a book. There’s something lovely about replacing clicks and swipes for real page turning. Yet it’s also very cool to think Pinterest was the inspiration behind Keaton’s 8,000sq ft home, from ideas to realisation in brick, stone, and wood.

Half of the book is dedicated to her carefully chosen pins, and the second part walks us through her home of 75,000 bricks plus an office in the backyard. Just a modest undertaking!

The book is an indulgent style guide for creating a home, a lively and thought provoking how-to. If you have a thing for typography, monochrome interiors and overflowing amounts of texture, you would ban coffee for this book. There is an insanely good use of black and white tonal images you’ll never tire of.

For an illustrious movie star, the book is brimming with ideas and photos from Keaton’s past homes and from those she admires. She’s not stopped at the big rooms either, she’s examined every little nook and corner, and we love that level of detailing – from pottery, art, book covers, light fittings and so on. 

 In her words; “Don't give up on yourself. So you make a mistake here and there; you do too much or you do too little. Just have fun. Smile. And keep putting on lipstick.”

 Check out her Pinterest boards, they’re so damn inspiring.

 

Iris Apfel

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I’m totally mad about this rare bird.

Close your eyes and picture oversized glasses, red lipstick and intoxicating outfits. Did Iris appear? Most of us know her face, dwarfed by those punchy glasses, “all the bigger to see you with my dear”. Her red lipstick has a ‘sit up and listen’ powerful, glamourous quality, and she’s perhaps the world’s oldest living teenager (self-proclaimed).

“If you want to stay young, you have to think young.” Now that’s cool.

In her book, Iris writes about the unexpected moments - her lifelong journey in fashion, textile and interior design. One of those things she never expected to do was write a book. We’re glad she did!

There’s a lot of invigorating content packed into the pages. The story is meaningful, emotive and persuasive (I’m about ready to dig out my costume jewellery from 1985). Iris is 97 years young, but she simply doesn’t think about age. Hers is a joyfully long marriage (67 yrs) and her zest for life is contagious.

I’ve been scanning a few YouTube videos and here’s a couple of lovely things to tumble from those red lips; “There’s so much sameness in the world… at least change your jewellery,” and, “if it feels good here (she taps her heart), then I know it’s right for me.”

In Greek mythology, Iris is the personification of a rainbow – how very fitting.

 
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The Kinfolk Entrepreneur

Ideas for Meaningful Work

A series of stories from people who see work more than a simple job. Some with a single vision, some in a working partnership and some creating communities. Followed by a lengthy chapter of TIPS (worldly advice from workers in the know).

What I love, and why I regularly bury my head in this book is because of the stark contrasts in the entrepreneurial every day, and how they challenge us, or the daily grind of the sole charge self-employed who is sometimes seen / heard having a small chat with oneself (guilty).

None the less, this book is more than worthy of a read front to back, and I’d even go as far to say front to back again.

 
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This is Home

The Art of Simple Living

This book had me at; “A home is one of our most important creations. Within its frame, we create lifelong memories and manage our lives…” and, “Homes must not start with the end in mind.

While This is Home is a guidebook and pulls its readers back-to-basics for developing heartfelt interiors, it actually stirs a much deeper response. It reaffirmed a responsibility of defining exactly what makes a client feel happy at home. To help them live simply within its frame, and be 100% reflective of their personal needs and style. Natalie, and photographer, Chris Warnes, have nailed this thought and delivered it via a bunch of delicious case studies and stunning photography.

I think Natalie and Chris have created a little piece of style genius, and the book will now hold centre stage on my coffee table.

Smart. Informative. Beautiful – get your hands on it, or gift it to someone you treasure.

Read our full review here.

 
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Home

Ellen DeGeneres

This is a coffee table treasure because it delivers on so many fronts, beautiful, informative, funny.

Ellen takes you on a journey of the homes she has lived in and loved, all the while introducing you to the artists and leaders in design who have inspired her.

Each home has its own character, but her gift is her ability to honour the buildings heritage while still making it her home. 

Filled with photos, tips and information to inspire you, Ellen is keen to make your home as beautiful as hers is, possibly after you win Lotto but not to be ignored as she has ideas galore whatever your budget.

We love her, so we are nearly going to give her the last word.

"Don't hire an interior designer if you don't want to collaborate. Generally they are not a mute bunch"

Hmm...Harsh but fair.

We know you will enjoy it as much as we do.

Read our full review here.


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