Best and Worst

Best: Saying Goodbye to 2017!

Truth be told, I'm ready to leave 2017 behind. It was an eventful year. A Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis for Andrew, moving from Utah to Idaho while I was 8 months pregnant, recovering from having a baby, and moving from Rexburg to Chicago. Sheesh! But I'm looking forward to 2018 and even made some resolutions which include learning to make artisan bread and finding the best chocolate in Chicago! As you can see, this girl has her priorities straight. 

Worst: Saying Goodbye to 2017. 

Yes, the worst part of my week was the same as my best. Because despite having some serious lows last year, we had the biggest high. Our baby boy was born in March, making it our very best year to date. He is growing up so so fast, which breaks my mom heart. I know I will always look back on this year with the sweetest memories. 

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Round-up: Design Reads

A friend of mine recently asked me about my favorite interior design books and why I like them. I sent her a few links to some of my favorites and thought I'd share them with you. Because these books are written by designers, they often double as beautiful coffee table books as well. Score! 

My current favorite? Design Mom. This is a book about how to live (beautifully and functionally) with kids. It's written by Gabby Blair. Do you read her blog? It's my very favorite of all blogs! She inspires me to be thoughtful about the way I live, comfortable in my own skin, and makes me want to be a contributing member in my community. How cool is that? Thanks for being awesome, Gabby. 

Along with loads of great interior design advice, she includes sections called 'At the Blair House' where she talks about everything from screen time and family traditions to table manners and teaching kids how to do laundry. Love it! 

Another favorite is Domino's design book. It includes inspirational interiors, design tips, and most valuable (in my opinion) a design process. Beautiful spaces don't just happen in one fell swoop, my friends! It takes planning, time, and often a few mistakes before you get there. This book takes you through a process, helping you create a home you love. If you find yourself thinking 'I just don't know where to start' when it comes to designing your home, this book is for you. 

The back of the book includes a section called 'The Decorators' Handbook.' It includes extra information on window treatments, curtain-rod styles, upholstery, throw pillows, trim, etc. It's one of my favorite parts of the book. It's hard to remember different styles of bed skirts, curtains, sofas, and chair legs. This book makes it so I don't have to!

The third book in this little round-up is Styled by Emily Henderson. Full of gorgeous and inspirational photos, it's a great coffee table book and resource for stylists and designers. If you're often getting spaces ready for a portfolio photo shoot, this book has some great information. 

At the end of the book, she includes a "Stylist's Notebook." Her favorite resources and information like paint colors, what to hire out vs. DIY, and where to shop. It includes lots of great information from someone with lots of experience! 

Okay peeps, now it's your turn! Do you have any favorite design reads? (Books, blogs, magazines?) Please share! I love reading and would love to expand my library. What are your favorites?