Now that it is summer and projects get put on hold for vacations and life slows down in general, one of my favorite things to do on really hot days is to spend all day at the air conditioned library or bookstore to browse through all the books on decorating and creativity. I usually find one book that is so inspiring I have to bring it home. I can never get enough inspiration- especially when it is mostly visual.
Not only do the books I bring home provide inspiration, but they make perfect decorative accessories – stacked on a table or placed side by side on a bookshelf, they add color and style to a room. On a coffee table – they become instant conversation starters.
Recently I received a copy of Country Living’s The Little Book of Big Decorating Ideas – 287 Clever Tips, Tricks, and Solutions.
It is one of the most inspiring books that has crossed my desk in quite a while. I receive many books to review and not all of them make it into a post. This little book deserves a mention in a “BIG” way.
It is a little gem of a book – measuring only 7 x 7 inches square, but jam-packed with clever ideas, tips, and tricks that anyone can do.
Like idea #125 – look at the inside of the glass lamp base – rolled book pages. I love seeing unique ideas like this.
It features a hand-picked collection of the magazine’s best advice on ways to organize, decorate or add a personal touch to your space.
The project photos fill the page and are listed by number, in the back of the book are the how-to instructions. # 146. No decorative painting skills? Why not use wallpaper to give an old dresser an update.
There are even little crafty ideas like #91 that can make all the difference in making your décor go from boring to wow with color and personal style.
I am not the best flower arranger and like #137 – grouping a collection of bottles together to evenly spread out the flowers for you. Quick and easy – the words most of us like to hear – this little book delivers it – many projects can be done in less than 30 minutes.
It has a little bit of everything from reuses for old things to simple storage solutions to inspiration for your garden. It is the perfect gift to give yourself to read when you are relaxing around the pool this summer and would make the perfect house warming or hostess gift for a decorating loving friend.
If you would like to win a copy:
– Simply leave me a comment.
I will choose the winner via Random.org at the end of the day on Thursday, June 27. I will contact the winner via email and announce it on Facebook, Twitter, and G+ on Friday June 28th.