Blogger’s that manage to publish their own books are like rock stars to me. Seriously. I have only been at this game a very short time but I can’t even comprehend how hard and long they worked in order to build the amount of quality content and readership to justify and land a book deal. I mean sometimes I feel like the only people reading my blog is my Mom and best friends. If you think about it that’s really how everyone starts. I do this because I love it and I know if I put out great material my readership will rise.
All of the blogger’s whose books I have included here are a great inspiration to me. Some of the books I own and those that I do not will be on my Christmas list this year. A home can never be filled with enough books as far as I’m concerned. Everyone knows that a coffee table looks best with fresh flowers, a beautiful candle, and stacked high with beautiful books.
The above photo is of Devon Dyer’s coffee table. For those of you who live under a rock Devon is the blogger behind the hugely successful style blog called Devon Rachel. When I saw her house tour on The Glitter Guide a couple of years ago I was blown away. I pinned the hell out of every nook and cranny of that place for inspiration. You can see the entire tour here.
Ok-back to the blogger’s books! Here are my favorites.
“The New Bohemians” by Justina Blakeney.
You will be taken on a tour of numerous “bohemian” homes across the country which are filled with eclectic interiors that will provide endless inspiration. Included are 12 DIY projects that were inspired by objects within these homes. This book will appeal to lovers of Justina’s blog The Jungalow and beyond.
The “Design Mom” by Gabrielle Blair.
This book was written by the mother of six kids and the brains behind the super successful blog Design Mom. It’s filled with ideas on how to make your home both beautiful and livable with kids. As most mom’s know it doesn’t take long for our homes to suddenly become out of control and overrun with “kid stuff.” Blair will give you tips and strategies on how to reign it all in but in a cool, stylish way.
“Remodelista” by Julie Carlson.
I have had this book for a couple of years and I love Carlson’s simple, clean, sophisticated decorating style. You will be taken on a tour of12 separate homes and given many ideas on how to achieve her well edited style in an affordable way by mixing low end with high end. There are lots of do it yourself projects for the DIY enthusiast. You can find her beautiful blog at remodelista.com.
” A Hot Glue Gun Mess : Funny Stories and DIY Projects” by Mr. Kate.
Kate Albrecht is a blogging rock star. Her blog and companion You Tube channel draws millions of monthly views. She has been on the Today show, Access Hollywood, and the Oprah Winfrey Network. More than your typical DIY home interiors book “Mr. Kate” combines irreverent humor with detailed easy step by step instructions for both style and home projects. Throughout Albrecht weaves her own personal stories which are weird, insightful, motivating and laugh out loud hilarious.
“The Inspired Room : Simple Ideas to Love the Home You Have” by Melissa Michaels.
This eagerly awaited book comes from the author of the blog The Inspired Room which was named Better Homes & Gardens Reader’s Choice Decorating Blog winner in 2014 and 2015. Melissa teaches you how to fall in love with your home all over again by transforming it with lighting, color, and styling tips. The best part is you don’t need to have a large budget or highly polished DIY skills to pull it off.
“Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms, from Tabletops and Bookshelves” by Emily Henderson.
The HGTV Design Star winner and author of the popular blog, Style by Emily Henderson teaches you how to think like a stylist in your own home by breaking down your spaces bit by bit. The reader is given 10 easy steps on how to update and recreate those spaces in a budget friendly way. Henderson’s good sense of humor and likable personality shine through every page. In the process she will help you figure out what design style appeals to you whether it is seventies, traditional, modern glam or bohemian.
“Oh Joy!: 60 Ways to Create & Give Joy” by Joy Chou
Joy Chou is a dynamo. She is a designer, author of the blog Oh Joy, mother, and Pinterest sensation with 13 million followers. This colorful book covers everything from home décor and food to fashion. Joy’s endless energy and bubbly personality will convince you that with her quick, easy, and fun projects you too can inject more happiness into your world.
“A Beautiful Mess Happy Handmade Home: Painting, Crafting, and Decorating a Cheerful, More Inspiring Space.” by Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman
Elsie and Emma are sisters and the founders of A Beautiful Mess, one of the largest DIY style blogs in the world. They also have created the best selling photo app, A Beautiful Mess, and have written another book “A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book”. They both transformed their first homes with DIY projects and will show you how to do the same thing with fun fabrics, flea market finds, family photos, and affordable furniture.
“The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful” by Myquillyn Smith
Myquillyn Smith is the woman behind the popular blog The Nesting Place where she encourages her readers to find beauty in the imperfections and chaos of daily living. She shares her secrets on decorating for real people with real families and gives you confidence to take risks with your interiors. The book is full of easy tips, simple steps, and practical advise that is drawn from her years of experience of creating beauty in her 13 different homes.
“Design Sponge at Home” by Grace Bonney
Where do I begin? In decorating circles this book is often considered the bible of home décor. The author is Grace Bonney founder of the insanely popular design site Design*Sponge which receives approximately 250,000 page views everyday and has 150,000 RSS subscribers. The book has over 700 color photos, illustrations and projects that real people with limited time and budgets can tackle. It has 70 real life interiors, 50 DIY projects , and 50 before & after makeovers making it a one-stop book for inspirational ideas and decorating guidance.
Just to be clear I’m aware that there are many more books authored by bloggers. I just chose a sampling of those that are my favorites and which I feel will appeal to my readers the most.
What do you guys think? Have I missed any that you would have liked to have taken a look at? Do you currently own any of the above coffee table books?