“Currently Reading” series with “Kathryn At Home – A Guide To Simple Entertaining” by Kathryn M. Ireland

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Welcome to my second installment of the “currently reading” series. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book. First of all, Kathryn is one of my favorite designers, her Santa Monica home (which she just recently sold to move to Venice, CA) had the perfect mix of California cool, cozy, chic and looked completely welcoming and her farm in France is my dream space. Actually she pretty much has what I am aspiring to: the California lifestyle that I love so dearly and the get away location to just relax and enjoy nature. You go Kathryn!

This is her latest book and it is all about entertaining with tips on how to entertain with ease while making it look beautiful, along with many healthy and fresh recipes. Throughout the book there are photos of the two homes mentioned, I did think there was going to be more photos of the homes but it is more a cookbook than anything else.

The book is so beautifully put together, it really showcases Kathryn’s aesthetic. Her love of pattern is shown throughout the book with colorful pages and even the traditional type used enhances the style. Every page is gorgeous and pleasing to the eye, making you want to continue reading and turning the pages to take it all in. I can’t wait to read it cover to cover. I’m thinking this will definitely be one for the “cookbook series” since there are so many lovely recipes I want to try.

Here’s a few of the pages…

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Love this traditional font.

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Kathryn on her farm in France. You gotta love a woman who can wear a beautiful dress on a tractor.

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Beautiful tablescapes.

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Some of her gorgeous fabrics that she is known for.

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Cute little drawings throughout the book.

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I bought my copy through Amazon where you can find this book and 5 other books by Kathryn. Looks like I’m going to be ordering 5 more books…I want them all!!

Hope you’re enjoying this new series, I know it’s fun for this bookworm.

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MY New Series “Currently Reading” is starting today with “The Daniel Plan”

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When I first started following Instagram, one of my favorite things that many people posted was what they were “currently reading”. I found so many good books that way. I guess it was trendy because I don’t see people doing that anymore, and you know what, I miss it, so I’ve decided to do something similar with my blog. I love to read, always have, so I’m going to share books I’m currently reading. On my menu bar you’ll notice I have a category called “Library”, this is where you can find all the books I love: cookbooks, fashion, interior design, etc… I’m a bookworm really, but only have time to read at night, usually right before I go to bed. I’ve promised myself to carve out a little time every night, it’s important to me, it’s my little reward everyday. I’m also big on continually learning, no matter what your age is, so I like to read things that feed my brain, inspire me, teach me something, or grow my faith. I hope you’ll enjoy this as much as I will and please feel free to leave any suggestions in the comments section, because I’m always looking for something wonderful to read next.

So let’s get started on my first “Currently Reading” post.

I have always read lots of books on nutrition and health. It started when I was in my late teens and I haven’t stopped since. I also really enjoy cooking and am finding more and more that it is important to make as many meals homemade and fresh as possible. I’ve always been pretty conscious of what I put in my body, and now more than ever I’m feeling a pull to go as organic and with whole foods as much as possible. My husband and I were at church and they mentioned “The Daniel Plan”. I’d heard of it before but had never read the book. They were selling the book (along with a few others that accompany the book) so my husband and I decided to read it together, and bought them. Alas, I’m reading the book alone, but I am passing on the information to my husband and my family is getting a whole lot of yummy meals out of it.

The thing that is different about this book more than any other that I’ve read on the subject, is it’s more about being the best you, that you can be, and not so much about what the scale says or having you incorporate any difficult methods of eating.

Here’s an excerpt from the book that basically wraps up the concept:

“Real food has the power to give you your life back and more fully engage in the purpose for your life. The reason to do it is not to fit in your jeans or look good in a dress, but to be awake to the beauty and miracle of life, to be able to live with purpose, to love, serve, connect, and celebrate the gifts God has given you”

I’m only halfway through the book and it has completely motivated me and also just made sense at of things I already knew and some new info that has been really helpful. The authors are Rick Warren D.Min., Daniel Amen M.D. and Mark Hyman M.D.. I was familiar with Rick Warren for his book “Purpose Driven Life” (he is also the senior pastor at our church) and Daniel Amen, I’ve seen on PBS and some other TV shows and was very impressed with his knowledge and he looks incredibly healthy, so I felt like I was getting information from some reliable sources.

The book is very easy to read, it’s organized and keeps your interest. So far so good. As you can see from my little pink tabs, there is lots of info I liked (you know me and my pink tabs if you’ve read any of my cookbook posts).

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I also got the cookbook which I looked through and found lots of delicious looking recipes and also a great guide to organizing your pantry and shopping properly. You can also go to the their website for lots more info: danielplan.com, and can buy any of these books. There is also a book to journal and an app to help you follow the plan.

I’ll be blogging some of these recipes as I try them.

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I also got the daily devotional that helps to motivate you. I really like having daily reads like this. I always have one kind or another that I follow and I leave on my nightstand so I can easily start my day with it.

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Lastly, I got the jumpstart guide which I haven’t really looked at too much yet, but I will.

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So that’s my what I’m “currently reading”. I’ll be posting as I go reading along so stayed tuned and again I’d love any suggestions in the comment section.

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I’m in Love with “Young House Love”

There is nothing I like more than getting an new design book. Today two of them came in the mail and made me feel like Christmas had already arrived. Today I’ll be talking about one of the books that I can’t seem to put down. “Young House Love” by design husband and wife team: Sherry and John Petersik. They actually have a book that just came out which is called “Lovable Livable Home” that is their second book but I purchased their first book, I wanted to see where they’re journey began.

Here’s the first book which I will be blogging about today.

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In case you noticed the tabs sticking out of the top of the book, that’s my way of marking spots I want to refer back to. I do this with cookbooks too and it’s a great way to get back to the information when you need it. I write a little note on the sticky tab and they are easily removed. You can buy these anywhere, Target, Walmart, Staples, even the grocery store.

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And if you’re interested here is the second book. Which I’m sure will be great too and I’ll let you know because I do plan on purchasing it.

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Sherry and John Petersik are a young couple who have chronicled their journey in buying homes and fixing them up. Becoming quick learners and DIYers in the process. They have no formal training in interior design but wanted to live in homes they loved and were willing to do the work to get there. They have also done all of this on a budget. Now this young couple have a successful career in interior design with a website that is full of information and inspiration and two best selling books. Check out their website here.

I am in the midst of redecorating our home that we have lived in for 15 years. Wow, honestly I don’t know where the time went and I can’t believe we’ve lived here this long. Although our house was brand new when we moved in, and what a pleasure it was to have everything new and lovely, it is now time to update and makes things new again. This is also my spring board to a career in design. I’ll be using my home as an invitation to invite my readers into my design aesthetic and go along with me on my journey and hopefully inspire you along the way. Part of that will be sharing information with you like this post. Sherry and John have great ideas especially if you are on a budget but want a home that is elegant and beautiful.

Here are some pages in the book that are inspiring me. There is A LOT of information in this book but here are some highlights.

I’ve seen this done before, but this book gives you easy step by step instructions to use wallpaper, fabric or even wrapping paper to add color to the back of a bookshelf. This idea is great because you can change it out easily and it’s not too costly. This would be so cute to do in a kids room or playroom.

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Here’s a project I’ve always wanted to try and was thrilled they included this in their book: make an upholstered headboard. I really think this is a great way to customize a room and add color without being too committed if you want to change things up. Having two daughters I know that their tastes can change constantly and this would be an easy way to keep them happy. I also like to read in bed and know that it is nice to have a headboard you can lean on comfortably. This is also a wonderful idea for anyone who is just starting out with their first apartment or home. I could have really used this idea in my first tiny little one bedroom apartment in L.A.

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Sherry and John made a great point about buying mirrors. You can get great deals at thrift shops, garage sales etc… on mirrors but don’t worry about what the frames condition is. If the mirror is in good shape and you like the what the overall frame looks like, you can always repaint it or stain it to give it the look you desire. I have to admit I’ve probably overlooked some great mirrors because I didn’t like the color or stain of the wood. Not anymore, I’ll be looking at it with a different eye now. Simple information but good information.

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Lastly, the book offers ideas from other interior design bloggers. Now I have some more websites to check out. This page showed an interesting idea about covering doors with fabric to add interest. I really love seeing the support from one designer to another.

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 I ordered my book from amazon here but you can also buy it off the Young House Love website here, they have signed copies on their website too.

Now off to work on some of my own projects.

All the best,

Joy