Inspired By: Rooms with Books

New England Home

I mentioned on Instagram the other day that I love to see a room filled with books. I love rooms with books that are not just for show, but because the owners of the room actually love books. I think books give a room character and a story to tell. But somewhere along the way someone decided books in a home should be considered clutter. If you did want to have books on a shelf, they became like a prop covered with paper for visual serenity or turned backwards for uniformity.

Covering spines is an option if you prefer that look, but our family incorporates books into our decor because we just love books. Books hold memories and stories from our past and represent something important in our life. That’s what it means to me to decorate with what we love.

I think rooms with books are amazing, even with all the colors and different spines of the books exposed. I don’t think of books as only decorative objects, I just love the process of representing who we are and what we love into our home!

New England Home

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New England Home

House Beautiful

 New England Home

New England Home

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Do you have books in your home?

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Puttering in the Living Room

While kitchen remodels and other big projects are exciting, what I love most of all is the simplicity of puttering. Puttering is easy, it doesn’t involve much money or effort. It’s rewarding to see instant changes and to have the opportunity to recharge your creativity. Puttering is not stressful or overwhelming, it’s enjoyable. I love that I can fit in some puttering time whenever I need a little pick-me-up.

Trestle Coffee Table // Daybed //It Is Well Sign // Side Table // Curtains // Bamboo Shades

Puttering doesn’t involve trying to make major changes. It’s the little things. Changing pillow covers, moving a chair to a new location just to see how it feels, putting flowers in a vase, or even potting a new plant. It’s like a little session of home therapy.

Navy PillowsLinen Settee // Cable Knit Rug // Lamp (mine is sold out)

If a new decorating idea comes to mind as I’m puttering, I usually just file those away for another day so I can keep on going. A puttering session is best when it ends that same day in a finished task, rather than tearing a room apart and not being able to complete it.

It Is Well Sign / Striped Pillows

It’s never about trying to make a room perfect. If I dwell on imperfections, they will derail my puttering. I don’t let that happen.

Even if I have some ideas brewing in my mind ahead of time, I rarely prepare to putter. Preparing would set up expectations. And expectations are almost the opposite of puttering, so I save those for another day.

Puttering is about living more fully in the moment. It’s not about searching elsewhere for ideas or trying to make your room something it isn’t. Puttering is about enjoying your own space and experiencing gratitude for what is right in front of you.

Are you a putterer, too?

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