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?

Best and Worst

Here's a peek into the best and worst moments of last week! 

Best: Being with family

Andrew's younger brother got married last week so we traveled down to Utah. Weddings can be stressful (I don't love the waiting, picture taking, trying to look nice while running around, working around nap time, breastfeeding in public under a sweaty wrap, etc.) but it was so fun to celebrate with family and spend time together. For me, marriage has its hard times but it is the very best. I love seeing people start their lives together. Plus, the reception had a killer dance party and you guys know how much I love a good party! The wedding was held at the Salt Lake Temple. While we were there I thought about its design and construction. I knew it was built by the pioneers, but who designed it? I had never thought about it. Turns out, there was an architect named Truman O. Angell. You can learn more about him here

Worst: Don't look at me the wrong way

Seriously guys, don't. I might rip your head off. Well, at least I might have last week. Luckily I held it together and didn't cause any damage. I found pretty much everyone and everything irritating. The way Andrew closes doors. The person chewing their dinner next to me. My iPhone asking for my Apple login 176 times. I don't remember it okaaaaayy? The person waving me through the 4-way stop when it's their turn. (You're not being nice, you're ruining the system.) You know what all these have in common? They're not a very big deal. They shouldn't make you want to rage on someone, but they did. What was that all about? Who knows. Baby N and I did come home from Utah with colds (no fun, but this seriously helps a sore throat) so maybe it was just a precursor to being sick. Either way, I'm feeling much better and hopefully we kick these colds soon! Anyone else ever feel this way? Tell me I'm not the only one! 

Hope you have a great week.

-Becky

World's cutest wedding party!

World's cutest wedding party!

Gardner cousins hiking to Scout Falls up AF canyon. These kiddos were awesome hikers!

Gardner cousins hiking to Scout Falls up AF canyon. These kiddos were awesome hikers!

Utah mountains! I love you. 

Utah mountains! I love you. 

A snapshot of Baby N that Andrew took earlier in the week. Such a happy kid! 

A snapshot of Baby N that Andrew took earlier in the week. Such a happy kid! 

Best and Worst

Lately Andrew and I have been reminiscing about our years in Moab as river guides (such great years!) His younger sister just got a job down there and we love hearing about all of the fun things she's doing every day (while we're working, changing diapers, and cleaning up barf.) Okaaay, that's a bit dramatic. We're loving life with our little boy and he's seriously the most lovable thing on the planet. But, we'd be lying if we said we didn't miss those Moab years.

After a long trip on the river, we liked to end with a game of "Best and Worst" with our fellow guides and passengers. Each person stated their best moment of the trip, along with their worst. It was a fun way to reflect on the trip, talk about the good moments and (hopefully) laugh about the bad ones too. 

After thinking about it last night, I decided I'd bring Best and Worst to my blog as a way to remember and reflect on my week. I have a feeling these blog posts may just turn into Best: What I Did on the Weekend and Worst: Naughty Things My Baby Did This Week. But, who knows? I'll give it a shot! Here I go, welcome to the Best and Worst moments of my week, last week.

Best: The Weekend (duh.)

The weekend was best for sure, but specifically because we spent it with our friends at their cabin in Swan Valley. So beautiful! On Saturday we all drove to Jackson for the day and Andrew, baby N, and I hiked to Phelps Lake on the Laurence S. Rockefeller Preserve. It was a bit overcast and rainy but so beautiful. I was so impressed with the visitors center on site. It was designed by Carney Logan Burke, an architecture firm in Jackson. It was very well done and enhanced our experience in a simple but powerful way. 

Worst: Crying It Out

Earlier in the week I was feeling like baby N wasn't getting enough sleep during the day. His naps seemed short and I was rocking him to sleep for some time before he would go down. I picked up a copy of Babywise which immediately made me feel like I was doing everything wrong. (Never rock your baby to sleep, your baby should be sleeping for at least 90 minutes at each nap, make your baby cry it out instead of helping him to sleep, etc.) So, I tried letting Baby N cry it out instead of helping the little guy get to sleep. It wasn't too long before I could tell that he just couldn't self soothe. The poor guy is just too little. After letting him cry before naps and bedtime for a day and a half, I started to do some more research. Turns out babies really can't self soothe until at least 4 months and sometimes not until months 5 or 6. My sister told me about her friend who is a sleep consultant and I reached out to her. She writes an awesome blog and answers any questions you have for free on her Facebook page. I attended her Facebook live video last week where she answered some questions I had. It was so nice to get some advice and be reassured that what I was doing was okay! If you're a tired mom, I would definitely recommend checking her out. Hearing my baby cry was the worst and after reading into it a little more, I felt so bad. I'll definitely be waiting a bit longer before doing any kind of sleep training with my little guy. For now, I am happy to snuggle and rock my baby to sleep if that's what he needs! I'm so glad that part of my week is over. Enjoy some pictures from the best part of my week!

Phelps Lake was gorgeous!  

Baby N slept the whole hike but woke up at the very end with a surprised look on his face! Haha I love that little boy.  

A snap of Andrew and I from my Insta stories. We love the weekend! 

Thanks for stopping in! I hope you had some great 'bests' in your week and not too many 'worsts!'

-Becky