I admit it, I love the feel of a hard-back book (and here I am blogging, interestingly enough). If the truth be told, I have stacks of books; most of which still await my entry into their pages. Not only do most offer, I'm sure, a great read, they also provide warmth to any decor. Layer one on top of the other by a chair; they then become a small table. Stand them up or lay them down in your bookshelves. Arrange a small collection of them on your desk. Use them to elevate a favorite photograph or small lamp. How can you go wrong with an item that offers multiple purposes? In my next house, I must-must have a library! Preferably with fireplace.... If you know Joni over at Cote de Texas, I do like what's she's done at her home. She's turned her second-floor landing into a small library! I may have to ask her for a photo to show you. Let me see is she'll offer one up.
This series, I hope and expect, will help me dive into my own stacks! And, as I do, you'll get to glimpse inside these home decorating titles -- instead of buying first and then hoping for the best. If you do want to purchase this book featured today or any others, consider clicking the Amazon link to the left. I get a dollar or something (smile) like that if you buy your books from here, from Love Where You Live. (And, considering the number of books I buy, every dollar helps! So, thanks in advance.)
First up is "A Well-Kept Home," Household Traditions and Simple Secrets from a French Grandmother -- by Laura Fronty and Yves Duronsoy. When I looked it up on a couple of sites, I noticed it does get mixed reviews. Some question the advice within; others say it's a re-hash of another book authored by Fronty. And, some like it, as I do. The photos initially drew me in. Soft, romantic, inspirational, homey . . . feel-good images, you know. I also liked the title and still do. Plus, I want to try some of the recommendations. And, when I do, I will share the results with you.
The authors dedicate the pages to two French grandmothers. And the contents address tips and old-found wisdom on food, home, the linen cupboard, gardening and refined toiletries.