Tuesday, December 7, 2010

By my side

I used to be an avid reader before I had kids. I would easily go through two to three novels a week and spent a lot of time in bookshops. But since my little rascals arrived I simply don't have a minute to read during the day and by night time my brain is so fuzzled I can barely concentrate on reading more than a couple of pages at a time. So my bedside "pile" has now shifted from novels to a pile of home decor books, cookbooks and magazines. At the moment I have a few on the go and thought I'd share...


I have had the Nest Home Design Handbook on my Book Depository wish list for ages now, so when my parents asked what I would like for my birthday I promptly sent them the link. It's a great book with so many lovely images and tips, I love it! Thanks Mum and Dad :-)


My Dad knows I'm a big kid at heart and LOVE surprises so when Kirsty's Homemade Home arrived in the post I shrieked!!! I loved the series and had no idea there was an accompanying book so I was thrilled. It's a great read covering the story of how she decorated her family holiday home with homemade crafts and dumpster finds. Lots of great ideas and craft tips, I love it!! Thanks Dadser!


My wonderful big sis sent me this fab book, again it had been on my wishlist and I love it. Beautiful images and ideas on how to make your vintage finds work in your modern home. (Speaking of fab sisters, did you spot the gorgeous set of Le Creuset stoneware mini-cocottes in my Kitchenaid post, my little sis sent me those :-)


I find reading cookbooks (and travel brochures) incredibly relaxing, poring over the ingredients and getting ideas, this book is by Australian uber-chef Peter Gilmore, I go to sleep dreaming of being a culinary genius who could delight guests with his masterful creations, sigh...



I subscribe to both Real Living and House & Garden magazines. I love them in equal parts, Real Living because of the fab photography and the style of homes I love, and House and Garden again with beautiful photography and narrative that really takes the reader on the journey the homeowners took to turn their house from bricks and mortar into a home.

So now that my wee fellas are in bed (although not asleep just yet, I hear chuckling) I'm off to read :-)

6 comments:

Melinda @ Here We Go Loopy Lou said...

Oh my, our lives are paralel! 3 boys and no time to read our beloved novels! I too read magazines now, much easier to pick up where you left off!

kurrabikid said...

How wonderful to see H&G in your mix there. Very rewarding to know all the hard work gets appreciated by lovely readers like you! x

(PS: I thought of you today as I bagged my *first ever* Pyrex piece at Salvos...)

Emma said...

Off to add them to my wish list! I am another voracious reader currently unable to get past the first few pages...

Van said...

I know how you feel- I miss having time to read a real book. With words. Not pictures. I have the first book, I love how it lists the name of furniture (I always get that wrong) and the clean modern design. Very inspiring!

Engracia said...

A, it is Wednesday and you know what that means? Kirsty is on tonight and Fin is out tonight, ah bliss!
Engracia
xx
PS Love your book and mag stack, a few books I need to put on Santa's list I think.

Toronto Yardsaler said...

Wow - I didn't know there was a book for Homemade Home. I'm so excited. I'll have to buy myself a Christmas prezzie.
Erin