There is No Place Like a Personally Decorated Home & Giveaway

I have always loved everything about the decoration of houses and being at home since I was a little kid. Having a home you love and feel good in is so important to a happy life.

As I mentioned in my recent styling a recliner post – no place on earth is more comfortable to be – where you can truly be yourself and truly relax.

Recently when I was out in Los Angeles, I loved being with and able to help my daughter, Kelly, my son-in-law and granddaughter. After a few weeks though, I began to really miss being home.

This on top of seeing so many homeless people around LA, made me realize just how much I Iove my house that I have made into the best possible home for Ed and I.

My enjoyment of the decoration of houses goes way back.

I fondly remember enjoying paging through decorating magazines at the local drug store as a teenager and on a weekly basis heading to the decorating and crafts section of the local library for inspiration.

Being able to take a few decorating books home for a week or longer was the best “how-to-decorate-a-home” education I could get.

Reading so many decorating books also gave me plenty of inspiration and design knowledge at a young age.

I learned something in every single book and still do when I get a new decorating book as there is always a tidbit of knowledge, a tip or advice that I didn’t know or am reminded of that I can put into my home.

Instant Decorating Book

If you are a long time reader, then you know I wrote a DIY decorating book back in 1994. It was published by Meredith, the Better Homes and Gardens publishing corporation. It was called, Instant Decorating.

It is no longer in print, but I am proud that I was able to actually write one after years of reading so many.

6 New Decorating Books I Found Inspiring

This time of year – heading into the holiday season is when many new home decorating books are published as they make great gifts. This year there are quite a few.

What I enjoy the most when reading decorating books is getting a feel and an insider glimpse of each author’s distinct personal style at it’s best.

Even if the style of decor they use is not my style, I still get ideas and inspiration I can use in my home.

diana Vreeland Quote

This quote sums up another reason why I throughly enjoy reading decorating books.

Two of the new decorating books listed below, even share the same title – Feels Like Home.

Here is the list…

Decorating in style is how you can make your home the best it can be, and thanks to decorating books, we can learn how as well as find ideas and inspiration right in the comfort of our own home.

I have two of the books to giveaway – see giveaway details at the end of this post.

Feels Like Home Miss Mustard Seed

Feels Like Home Transforming Your Space from Uninspiring to Uniquely Yours

By Marian Parsons

This is my favorite book on this list. I like how Marian writes, she shares great and doable ideas, advice and projects that will help you gain confidence in decorating as well as adding your personal style to every inch of your home.

If you enjoy her blog, then you will really like this book.

feels like Home

Feels Like Home – Relaxed Interiors for a Meaningful Life

By Lauren Liess

A house is a feeling. That is the concept behind designer Lauren Liess’s third book, which explores the emotional connection between the way we decorate our homes and our daily lives.

Hill House Living

Hill House Living – The Art of Creating a Joyful Life

By Paula Sutton

A colorful guide to the simple pleasures of cottage living—antique hunting, gardening, and enjoying the seasons—from a beloved British design and fashion influencer. Simple home styling tips and cottage recipes.

House Story

House Story – Insider Secrets to the Perfect Home Renovation

By Jasmine Roth

The star of HGTV’s Hidden Potential and HELP! I Wrecked My House offers a rare glimpse behind the TV show curtain, inviting readers into her world with super-simple advice that takes all the guesswork and stress out of any home project.


Minimalista: Your Step-by-Step Guide to a Better Home, Wardrobe, and Life 

By Shira Gill

Available: November 2, 2021 – Elevate your personal style, trim your belongings, and transform your life, one room at a time, with this visionary lifestyle and home organization book from professional organizing expert, Shira Gill.

Cozy White Seasons

Cozy White Seasons: 100 Ways to Be Cozy All Year Long 

By Liz Marie Galvan

Available on: November23, 2021 – I liked her first book quite alot and am eager to get this new book.

Whether you want to create a cozy winter wonderland in your living room, a blooming summertime welcome on your deck, or an autumn refuge by your fireplace, Liz Marie Galvan’s Cozy White Cottage Seasons gives you the inspiring photos, DIY ideas, and fun recipes you need to feel at home on any budget and in every season.


I have a copy of Hill House Living and House Story to give away to one lucky reader.

To enter: please leave me a comment telling me if you have read any good decorating books recently or do you have a favorite that inspired you more than any other?

Giveaway runs until the end of the day on Monday October 25th. I will contact the winner via email.

Good Luck 🙂

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