I can’t even with this cake. When I first saw it, I put down my coffee and stared.
I know it’s rude to stare.
I get it.
I was raised in the south where it’s rude to do a lot of things like hold your spoon incorrectly and comment on someone’s football team and forget to write a thank you note and book a party on a Friday night during football season.
Just between us, I could never bake a cake like this. Never ever with blueberries and strawberries and blackberries on top. My cake journey would start and end with that plate and trying to figure out what the herb on the top is.
But this picture? It inspires me to be better. It inspires me to hope and dream and believe in a world where cakes are art and flowers reign supreme.
It comes from a new book by one of my best blogging friends in the world, Courtney from French Country Cottage. Here’s a glimpse of all that amazing that is Courtney’s book and eight decorating books that inspire me as well.
A post full of inspiration.
With strawberries on top.
Decorating books that inspire me.
I’ll start with French Country Cottage, Courtney’s book.
It’s full of pages and pages and PAYYYYYGGGES of this.
But the best part of this book?
She just wrote a post about the courage it took to put this book together. Here’s a Courtney quote:
the more I found myself and one day,
I was ready to step out from dancing behind that curtain
and dance on the stage.”
You go girl. I am so proud of you that my heart is bursting.
You didn’t just dance.
You created an entire ballet.
French Vintage Decor
This is a DIY project filled book on all things French Vintage Decor written by my friend Jaime.
You can learn how to make a trumeau mirror or clay bowls or a zinc bistro set or a rustic french tray or a concrete bowl or plaster-dipped flowers. My favorite thing about this book was the projects weren’t that overwhelming. Most of them were things you could make in an afternoon.
And her photography?
She has a way of showcasing the ordinary and transforming everyday items into art.
The Inspired Room
I actually have all Melissa’s books, but this one is my favorite.
Mostly because of the pictures.
And the ideas.
And the solutions.
And did I mention the pictures?
I’m working on a book with Melissa that is coming out next year. Just between us—I’m a little in awe of her and her author self. She’s funny and kind and sweet and thoughtful and inspires me every day.
You won’t be disappointed with all the tips and ideas and inspiration that she includes in this book.
Pottery Barn Home
I’ve loved this book for as long as I can remember or 2005, whichever comes first.
It was the first decorating book I ever bought.
I’ve lost the cover long ago and now it’s just a khaki book that sits on my bookshelf and waits for me to pull it out when I’m feeling like I need a reset button on my decor.
The ideas are timeless.
The book is 192 pages of ideas that are timeless and cozy and relevant today.
I wish I still looked at cute as I did in 2005.
Domino: Your guide to a stylish home
There are actually two books in this series. One that was published in 2008 and this second book that was released in 2016.
It’s a little out of my style zone, but that’s why I love it.
I read it for all the ideas I’m going to have, I just haven’t discovered them yet.
And for all the navy blue velvet couches that are in my future.
You can read more about the book here.
And buy your very own copy here.
And now we come to the book that I know are going to inspire me that I haven’t actually read yet.
These are ones I’ve either pre-ordered or want to order or I know I’m going to order and then wrap them in brown craft paper and try to guess where they are on my bookshelf. Kidding. I’m actually working on labels so I don’t have to play guessing games with my books any more.
Let me start with the one I’m SO EXCITED ABOUT.
You’ve probably pre-ordered it already, too.
When you get your copy—let’s discuss.
It’s Joanna’s new book Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave.
I’m all about never leaving home and decorating with Joanna.
Reese Witherspoon has a new book out called Whiskey in a Teacup: What Living in the South Taught me about Life, Love and Baking Biscuits.
She also has a fun book club, too.
I also have this book in my cart—mostly because I loved the cover.
And I love Veranda.
And all rooms with giant paintings and antiques and chairs with pink throws.
It’s called just Veranda decorating.
And of course.
No post on decorating books would be complete without this cutie, The DIY Home Planner right here.
It’s written by this amazing author who is sometimes funny.
And sometimes wise.
And sometimes full of a brilliant decorating idea or two and occasionally, randomly talks about herself and her planner in the third person.
It’s on sale over on Amazon right now.
You can order your own copy here.
I still have my Amazon cart open.
What are some of your favorites?
Share them below.
Especially if they involve cake. 🙂