One of my favorite books on creating a warm, handmade home is Lotta Jansdotter's book Handmade Living: A Fresh Take on Scandinavian Style. Lotta's book celebrates simple, practical, timeless designs, most often sourced from independent and emerging artisans and designers, or else made by her. (She makes her own curtains, pillows, and tea towels.) Every photo in this book showcases a home that is warm, unfussy, and filled with personal touches.
Here's an excerpt from the Introduction:
In my own home in Brooklyn, I've taken a very simple approach to decorating: functional, easy, organized, and not overly ornate. I like using pieces made from wood and natural fibers, thinks that have a timeless feel... Ever since I was a little girl, I've been a real nester. I have a strong drive to decorate and create my own space. I love the challenge of an empy room—a nice clean slate—and I also constantly try to rearrange things in already settled rooms to update their look and feel.
I am not a big spender when it comes to furniture and accessories. Sure, it would be nice to have a set of Hans Wegner chairs around the dinner table, but at the moment that is not really a priority. Instead, I combine plain but practical pieces from Ikea with unique items from yard sales that add personality and style to my environment... When it comes to decorating, I like to make things myself. It's satisfying to sew my own curtains, print a set of pillows for the sofa, or throw my own tea cups on the pottery wheel. Having your own creations around the house is the best way to build a home that reflects your personal style. [emphasis added]
• Buy It: Handmade Living: A Fresh Take on Scandinavian Style by Lotta Jansdotter, $21.39 from Amazon
(Images: Cambria Bold)