What We're Reading: April

This month, two of our inspirational interior design ladies have published new books--and we're drooling, page by page by page (by page). 

Justina Blakeney's
The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes

As long time blog and Instagram fans of Justina's, we could not wait to see what she comprised in her  latest publication. We love (and wholeheartedly agree with) her approach to design, summarized on the back cover bio, "she believes that creativity, not wealth, is the key to having an amazing home." 
And we are here to announce--we are not disappointed. She breaks up boho aesthetics into six categories: Romantic, Modern, Earthy, Folksy, Nomadic and Maximal--highlighting on point American homes in each. Over 300 pages burst with bold color, new and vintage cohesively arranged and functionally stunning. Then she dazzles with DIY tips like nailing reclaimed wood panels and new handles to the refrigerator and includes recipes like pickled daikon radishes--and as if you aren't hooked by then, she has a complete list of the featured plants with care tips. Three cheers for this new must have, it will bring happiness and wild and free vision to your imagination and space.

Rachel Ashwell's
The World of Shabby Chic: Beautiful Homes, my Story and Vision

Normally, we shy away from the term shabby chic, unless it refers to Rachel Ashwell--her design is a heartthrob, finding ways to under clutter and overwhelm spaces with soft tones and beautiful practicality. Are you looking for all white rooms that are anything but boring? Maybe a few subtle washes of color here and there? Rachel's got ya. This latest book of hers delves how she came to be, taking a personal turn to explore her style and approach to business. When we pick for pretties, we try and harness her spirit, and often ask ourselves, "Would Rachel buy this if she walked in?" Thank you Rachel, for an intimate glimpse into your world--you are free to stop by our store ANYTIME.

Any good interior design books you're flipping through? Leave a comment and share your picks with us!

What We're Reading: February

Anthology: living with substance & style
Issue no. 18, Winter 2015

We love pouring over their artfully arranged layout full of inspiration in dwelling places & conversations with people full of culture & taste. It helps move our eye to the right pieces when junking and then display them in unique & appealing ways back at the store (and in our homes).
This latest issue explores color--interviewing a color consultant, exploring Sayulita, Mexico (who wants to go?!), and telling a colorblind designer's incredible story of success. It goes from bright green walls to rooms so neutral they pop.
This is their last year, they only have two more after this one, after which they will be ending publications. To stave off our sadness, we are savor if every last page.

Collective Quarterly
Issue 1: Absaroka

This is the second publication from Collective--a new magazine that leaves us drooling for the hidden places they explore, as well as for the next issue! They pick a different American locale to spotlight each issue, and point out every nook & cranny worth discovering. And after reading their summary of Absaroka, Montana, how could it not ignite your wanderlust?! Read for yourself:
“A lot of people come here to hide,” clothing maker Angela Devine told us during our visit to Livingston, Montana. It was a partial reference to the surprising list of celebrities who have squirreled themselves away in the tiny railroad town throughout the years: John Mayer, Michael Keaton, and Jimmy Buffet, to name a few. But it also revealed something about the region’s less famous residents, like the actress-turned-activist who played Lois Lane in four Superman movies. Or the all-knowing, elderly gentleman who collects old saddlery in the basement of his bookstore. Or the writers, fly fishermen, hunters, and introverts who just need to get away.This slice of Montana is dominated by the Absaroka Mountains—a name that means “children of the large-beaked bird,” which is what the Hidatsa people used to call the Crow Indians who lived here in the Yellowstone River Valley. Throughout the past century the region has lent its name to a torpedoed US Navy steamer; a short-lived secession movement that would have seen parts of Montana, Wyoming, and South Dakota become their own state in the 1930s; and now this issue of the Collective Quarterly.John Steinbeck wrote in his road trip classic Travels with Charley that “Montana seems to me to be what a small boy would think Texas is like from hearing Texans.” Others have fondly and passionately declared Montana to be “The Last Best Place.”We came to find out why.

February 2015 Issue

A monthly subscription that never runs dry of class & beauty, we are loving reading about rising star Dakota Johnson and finding new looks to play copy cat with. We can't resist a magazine whose ads are as good as the articles.

The Inspired Home: Nests of Creatives

This book is one that will sit our coffee table for a while. The architecture, new & vintage elements--yes please! It's the perfect reference to peruse when in need of some home decor inspiration.

What are you reading this month?