7 fabulous books about home life and interiors

7 fabulous books about home life and interiors

Recently we’ve seen a resurgence of interest in what we used to refer to as ‘coffee table’ books. These are photo-intensive books that are perfect for putting out on display and leafing through at leisure.

But, the more recent interest has revolved around home life and interior design. This is a direct result of the pandemic where everyone has been spending much more time at home, which has inspired many homeowners and tenants alike to look for new projects and ways to make their homes more beautiful.

Beautiful renovations to inspire you

The latest release from the Three Birds renovation team is jam-packed with gorgeous projects that will inspire you to look at what you can achieve with your own interiors. It starts with an inside peek at the Three Birds headquarters for some picture-worthy inspiration on creating the perfect home office.

There’s also a feature section on Christmas decorating including ideas for everyone, even if you’re just renting or living in a small space. Plus, there’s a bonus section dedicated to projects that were completed by their Reno School students.

Finding and reflecting your personal style

The newest book from award-winning author, Joanna Gaines, is called Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave. It provides practical ideas on how you can style your home to reflect your own personality as well as the personalities of everyone else who lives there.

Joanna offers lots of advice on how you can combine different styles and even provides a removable design template so that you can plan each stage of your own decorating makeover.

Organisation has never looked so beautiful

In The Home Edit Life, authors Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin show you how you can create beautiful and organised interior designs without going fully minimalistic. Their philosophy is that “it’s okay to own things” that you love as long as you have a way to organise them to make your life chaos-free and easy.

Along a similar vein, Life Admin Hacks by the authors of a popular podcast series of the same name, explains how you can transform your everyday life of chaos into a more manageable and organised plan. In their step-by-step guide, they help you to break down all the major life admin tasks into short and easy time-managed events.

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Learn how your garden can be your haven and feed your family

Another area of home life that has become more popular over the past few years is gardening. People are finding a renewed passion for creating beautiful outdoor spaces within their perimeter fences.

Anyone familiar with the ABC TV series Gardening Australia would be familiar with Costa Georgiadis and his passion for plants and outdoor landscapes. In his book Costa’s World: Gardening for the Soil, the Soul and the Suburbs, he brings together all of his gardening knowledge with beautiful photographs and simple tips to create your own perfect garden.

For anyone who wants to grow their own food in the most sustainable way possible, Hannah Moloney’s book, The Good Life, is a must. It not only shows you how to grow your own food but also how to make your own contribution to reducing the world’s climate emergency.

Plants are not just for outside. The book Plants At Your Place shows you how you can use indoor plants to brighten up the interior of your home. The book also goes into how you can propagate your own indoor plants.

Where to buy

Where we can, it’s great to support our local retailers and this includes local bookshops. In Mount Gambier, you can find these gorgeous books – or have them ordered in for you – at Collins Booksellers, 16 Commercial Street West.

There’s also a second-hand bookshop called The Book Place at 59 Commercial Street West that you might like to check out.

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