November Design Book Club: At Home in Joshua Tree

I know I’m late on this but as many of you already know, I spent a good portion of the beginning of this month in Cincinnati getting an Airbnb ready! If you didn’t know, it’s because you weren’t checking my stories I guess. :) Anyway, this month’s book is appropriate (for me) because I’ve been hanging in the Midwest in Airbnb mode, but currently writing this on my way back to the desert. I’ve got to get back into desert mode!

I can’t wait to dive into learning more about the Airbnb and desert vibes at The Joshua Tree House! Check out this month’s book club choice!

At Home in Joshua Tree: A Field Guide to Desert Living Hardcover, by Sara and Rich Combs was just released which makes me super excited to grab up something that hasn’t been floating around for a while. This book dives into desert living, the design of their famous Airbnb and even includes some recipes! Who doesn’t need more salsa in their life, honestly?

Let me know what you think of this book below.

Miss previous months’ book? Check out the archives.

October Design Book Club: Salvage Secrets

It’s October! That means it’s time for this month’s Design Book Club choice.

This month, I want to dive into salvage. Repurposing salvage that is. New houses are nice, but houses that incorporate some new and old together feel more “right” to me. If you too want to blend some old with the new, let’s jump into this month’s book:

Salvage Secrets Design & Decor: Transform Your Home With Reclaimed Materials by Joanne Palmisano.

If you have been joining in each month for the FW Design Book Club, feel free to go leave a comment or review of the books! If you’re just joining us, jump on in! Click below to see our past month book choices.

September Design Book Club: Happier At Home

How's it going guys!? I hope your Labor Day (or regular day outside the US) is going well! It's September and therefore time to get into a new home design book! I'm trying to time our monthly books with whatever is going on in a majority of our lives.  Many of us are heading into fall. School is starting, summer is over, etc. It means more time indoors in our homes. Keep this in mind as I babble about my state of affairs....

Lately, I've been binge shopping for The Shack and scouring everything I own to fill up that house. It has made me feel overwhelmed with all the stuff and I feel the urge to purge. While I was filling up The Shack, I listened to The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store. It put me back to reality. Back to me. I'm not a hoarder, yet I've become one since we moved to Phoenix 2 years ago. I've been buying and buying for these houses. I store the stuff. I hold it and wait. But, it's time to focus on my own home and clearing out all of the stuff. I've done a bit of it but it needs even more focus now that The Shack project is over.

I need to back off on the buying. I want a nice home. I want an uncluttered home. But, i want a happy home that feels like me. Not like some other designer's home and not like one on a TV show. I feel this has come up a lot as of late in posts I've seen on Instagram, on blogs and in podcasts. Beautiful, bold, luxurious and perfect homes abound on the web. But, what about reality and our own homes. How can we be happy with our own? How can we figure out our own style instead of just trying to replicate someone else? How can we be us, and still like it? LOL.

But, seriously.

Enter this month's book, Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon Self-Control, and My Other Experiments in Everyday Life, by Gretchen Rubin. 

I feel like Gretchen's book will highlight exactly what I'm looking for.

ME!

Not another blogger. Not another designer. ME. What makes me happy? And with all this time we'll be spending closer to home in the coming months, what better way to prepare? Also, it appears that Gretchen dedicated a school year, starting in September, "to making her home a place of greater simplicity, comfort, and love." Looks like we've hit perfect timing here. Time to jump in. Join me in reading this book and finding happiness in your own home! When you've finished, feel free to review the book below. Happy reading! 

If you missed the last couple of months (or if you want to give your review for past books), head to the Design Book Club page and catch up! I'll update this page every month so you can join in whenever you like!

August Design Book Club: Bohemian Modern

I chose this month's book because of the new house I just bought that will be an Airbnb. As with all rentals there is an upfront cost you put into the project, such as repairs and furnishings, that you won't get back immediately like you do in a flip. So, I wanted to choose a book that would help me think outside the box with the decor and on a budget. I think this month's book will do just that.

Bohemian Modern: Imaginative and Affordable Ideas for a Creative and Beautiful Home by Emily Hensen.

It's "easy" to binge purchase a bunch of new furnishings to fill the space for an immediate put together look. However, the cost will be enormous and the result will feel like a showroom rather than an inspired home. I find myself binge window shopping in preparation for furnishing my place, so to combat that I'll shove ALL the creativity from this book into my brain. Amazon will be delivering it in a couple of days and I can't wait to dig in.

If you're joining me in this boho design immersion, I'd love to hear what you think about this book in the comments! And, as usual, I'm open to suggestion for next month's book.

Happy boho obsessing!

July Design Book Club: Surf Shack

FLIPPINWENDY BOOK CLUB BEGINS!
It's no secret that I like to devour design books on the regular. I have piles of them. So, I thought I'd share this obsession here since it is an email full of obsessions already. Here is the plan:

  1. I'll announce the book in my Secret Saturday Six Newsletter every month.
  2. The book will be design, architecture or decor related. (Suggestions always welcome!)
  3. You can read along or not. If you don't feel like this month's book is speaking to you, no problem (see below).

When choosing whether you'd like to read the book or not, click through to the book, then click on the photo and scan through some of the pages. Sometimes it's not necessarily the style of the home I'm vibing with, but what I can learn from it such as styling, floorplan and outside the box ideas. The goal for me is to learn and be inspired. So, with that said, I'd suggest to keep an open mind when deciding if you'll be joining or not that month.

I also thought it might be interesting to time the book with the month and season. I'm working on an upcoming project and need a little inspiration for it which is why I chose this book. I've read it but will be rereading it I loved it so much the first time. And so.....

July's book is:

Join me in devouring Surf Shack: Laid Back Living By The Water by Nina Freudenberger! When you're finished, like any good book club, feel free to tell us how you felt about it in the comments below! Happy reading!