Best Way to Spend a Sick Day: Curled up with Books

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Aches, chills, fever, tummy ache? Yuck! We've all been there. One minute you're feeling great, the next, you're bundled up in fleece pjs, extra blankets, a heating pad and downing any over-the-counter medicine you can find. I love any excuse to stay in bed and watch trash tv, but when you can't get comfortable, sometimes you need other distractions. During this joyous (cough, cough) bout with a cold, I chose to catch up on reading. Turns out, nasty cold + decor books = the perfect combination for making me feel a little bit better...

I tend to buy interior design books, quickly flip through them once, and put them down with the intention to re-read and take notes. Since we all live hyper-busy lives, I almost never do the re-read. You can only watch so much Modern Family or Real House Wives of Anywhere without feeling like a total waste of space, so I thought this was the perfect time to dive right back into three decor books:

Design*Sponge at Home by Grace Bonney: This book is a great read and a wonderful reflection of Grace Bonney's Design*Sponge website. The book is organized much like D*S with Sneak Peeks, DIY Projects, DIY Basics, Flower Workshop, and Before & After. I love the Sneak Peek chapter (sort of similar to our Apartment Therapy House Tours). Grace selected amazing homes and apartments from across the globe to showcase, and each Peek includes beautiful interior photographs and interesting facts about the home and its furnishings. The DIY section is perfect for those crafty folks and is organized by difficulty level. The Flower Workshop gives tips on how to create basic arrangements, use household items as vases, and basics like how to cut and preserve flowers.

Creative Walls: How To Display and Enjoy Your Treasured Collections by Geraldine James: I received this book a few months ago as a birthday gift. I rifled through it once, taking note of how British the rooms looked — lots of taxidermy, antlers, wingback chairs, floral accents. It then occurred to me that the author, Ms. James is British. Having worked at Harrods and currently employed by Selfridges as a home buyer, Ms. James has traveled the world looking for interesting objects. Creative Walls offers many tips on how to display your collection of vintage mirrors, colorful paperweights, paperback book covers, or family photographs without looking cluttered or forced.

The Perfectly Imperfect Home: How to Decorate & Live Well by Deborah Needleman: Deborah Needleman. Genius. Founding editor of Domino Magazine (tear). Need I say more? This book is charming from start to finish. Rather than having actual interior photographs, Perfectly Imperfect is illustrated by acclaimed artist Virginia Johnson's watercolors. The book effortlessly gives tips and tricks on how to live creatively and comfortably in your home. The chapters feel as though you're being invited on a tour through someone's house — starting with great lighting to set the mood, then moving into the entryway and living room, a small stop to examine some details like throws, pillows, and coffee tables, up to the bedroom and bath, again looking at decorative items like wallpaper, lacquered walls, and chandeliers, then finishing up in the dining room. There are "nice to know" and styling tips throughout to give the reader friendly suggestions to make your room more functional, stylish, and ultimately, you!

I thoroughly enjoyed re-reading these books while holed up in bed. Being under the weather allowed me the downtime to really read, take note, and enjoy what these pages have to offer. I highly recommend each of these books. Do you already own them? If so, what are your thoughts?

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