BOOKS FOR YOU AND YOUR COFFEE TABLE
I love having books around my home. When they’re not being read, they get used as pedestals for my plants and trinkets. Slightly unusual but I guess we all have our quirks! I haven’t yet succumbed to buying a Kindle because I like to switch off with a good book. Pages of words and printed images make my heart sing, especially when the paper smells good! Today I’m sharing a few of my recent book purchases along with my new Ercol coffee table. After a five year balancing act, I finally have somewhere to put things!
First up are two calming reads. I enjoy books about self-care and learning ways to quiet my busy mind.
Calm, 50 Mindfulness and Relaxation Exercises to De-Stress and Unwind, Dr Arlene K. Unger
I was thrilled to discover Calm, 50 Mindfulness and Relaxation Exercises to De-Stress and Unwind in Anthropologie. It’s a sweet book combining relaxation and mindfulness techniques with beautiful imagery. I loved the creative visualisation exercises involving sunshine and daffodils. Perfect for the gloomy autumn and winter mornings. There are even pages for mindful colouring – a great addition to calm the busiest of coffee tables.
Wisdom and Wonder, Kylie Johnson
This is an absolutely adorable book. Written by Kylie Johnson, a ceramic artist from Australia, it consists of inspirational quotes alongside sweet illustrations. In the preface, Kylie says she fears a lot of quotes are lost in the white noise of the internet, and I have to say I agree. Reading quotes on paper enhances their sentiment. ‘The soul would have no rainbows had the eyes no tears’ by John V. Cheney was probably my favourite. Definitely a keeper!
I rarely blog about my love of fashion because many do it so much better than I ever could. Between you and me I love seeing what the designer brands are up to and I have a penchant for designer handbags. Here are two fabulous reads for the (secret) fashionista in you!
How To Be Parisian: Wherever You Are, Sophie Mas, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret and Anne Berest
Throughout the middle of my 20s I worked for agnes b. which involved biannual buying trips to Paris. Such a hardship! I loved spending time with the Parisians, being taken to local restaurants and most of all people watching. It was, therefore, no surprise that I loved How To Be Parisian: Wherever You Are. The book is made up of short stories, anecdotes, lists and rules. The writers share everything from what a Parisian has on her mantle piece to the details of a first date. There are tips on where to shop, what to cook, as well as views on culture and fashion. The book is witty and very, very chic!
Love x Style x Life, Garance Doré
Love x Style x Life documents the life of Garance Doré an illustrator, photographer and fashion blogger. The book includes extracts from her life alongside fashion advice, short interviews and her observations on subjects like Things New Yorkers Do. I enjoyed learning how she started blogging and completely fell in love with the medium, ‘to this day, it’s still the thing that brings me the most joy.’ She writes like she’s chatting with a friend. It’s a lovely read.
ERCOL ORIGINALS COFFEE TABLE FROM HOUSEOLOGY
In addition to my books, I have a new coffee table. Just in time for Christmas! If you’re a regular around here then you’ll know I love classic design, and so I was thrilled to finally get my hands on an Ercol.
Ercol is a British furniture company and this model was designed in the 1950s by Ercol’s founder, Lucian Ercolani. The table is available at Houseology in 10 different finishes – mine is the clear lacquer. I love natural materials, good design and craftsmanship, and I think it sits beautifully alongside my other pieces of furniture. Stay tuned because on Monday I’ll be giving you the chance to win a £100 voucher to spend at Houseology. I hope you have a wonderful day!
This post is in collaboration with Houseology.