In my book stack...

In my book stack...

January 19, 2016

I love books! Who doesn't?! But in recent years I go through phases of being unable to read; I often find that I cannot concentrate enough to finish a paragraph because my mind is racing with other things, usually NATA-related things.

It's great to have my book-reading mojo back at the moment though. I leave the studio (later than I should most nights) but then I get home, set the log-fire going and grab a good book. My general go-to has always been fantasy books so I can get lost in the magical tale and imagine I am on a big adventure. My book stack is decidedly non-fantastical at the moment though, with a general theme of 'grown-up picture books'. 
These are the three books I am really enjoying at the moment… I'd love to hear what you are reading right now too. 

1. 'The New Bohemians' by Justina Blakeney

This book is delicious! Chock-full of gorgeous photography showing vibrant and colourful bohemian homes. So much inspiration for my own eclectic house; I can barely get through two pages without opening up eBay and searching for 'vintage tapestry' or 'moroccan lamps'.
Sometimes I think it's funny that my home style is so different to my design work. For NATA, I love simplicity with lots of white space and I hardly ever mix colours. At home, I like colour everywhere and nothing matches. I go off to car boot sales at the weekend to source more treasures (aka. 'random old rubbish' if you ask my boyfriend). For me, home has to be a bit mad and full of interesting things in every corner. 

How to Style Your Brand by Fiona Humberstone

2. 'How To Style Your Brand' by Fiona Humberstone

I met Fiona recently at a small business event. She was lovely and I found myself completely engrossed when she presented her ideas on business branding. I'd love to feel more confident in the business brand image, which sounds all super serious, but this book makes it seem fun and totally do-able. 
I've only just tucked into this one but I'm excited to be learning about new things like choosing brand colours and fonts, and I'm already feeling inspired by some of the examples. 

Lonely Planet Iceland
3. Lonely Planet, Iceland
We made the decision this year that there would be no birthday or Christmas presents exchanged in our house and instead we'd put the money towards adventures.

Iceland has always been on the must-visit list, if only to see some humpback whales in the wild. So far, the plan has gone as far as booking a camper-van and travelling around the whole country in just ten days. We may just freeze our toes off but at least we will be looking up at clear night skies while we do it.

Please comment below if you have been to Iceland and have any advice on where we should go? We went to Vietnam last year and some of the best things we did came from recommendations given on our Facebook page. 

So, that's what I'm reading at the moment. What's in your book stack?

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