I am passionated by books.  I am an obsessed night reader (like you never go to bed alone if you have a book). I still have one in my bag (just in case) and few on the run at home.

No better gift than a book for Xmas (OMG! Xmas !!!) Since I have discovered & read quite a lot of books these last months, let me give you my selection here. It’s a mix of what I like: Ocean, Adventures, Lifestyle, Crafts, Interiors & Decorating.



I LOVE THE SEASIDE: I love the seaside is created by ocean-loving people for ocean-loving people.
I love the seaside is a printed 250-page surf and travel guide to Southwest Europe (English language): from Brittany, France, around North Spain and Portugal, to Andalusia. It connects travellers, surfers and locals by pointing out the nicest surf spots, places to hang out and to-dos. I wrote about this book earlier here.
Order your copy here:


AT THE OCEAN: A book for lovers of interior design, but also for travellers and for everyone who likes to dream of a life elsewhere.

Photographer Mirjam Bleeker and stylist & designer Frank Visser have known each other for more than 18 years. During this time, they have travelled around the world together, often without a fixed plan, seeking adventure and beautiful houses.
On their travels, they visited the homes and holiday retreats of some fascinating people on or at the beaches of various oceans and seas.
Here, they made honest, sensitive photo reports of the houses or cabanas, and still lifes of details of the interiors, as well as wonderful images of the people and the surroundings.

Get your copy here.


THE HINTERLAND: Cabins, Love Shacks and Other Hide-Outs
The cabin has become our third place, our hideaway where we can recharge our spirits and reconnect with ourselves, away from the restraints of society and the stress of the everyday. This book presents the best new cabin architecture and design.
Get your copy here >


THE OUTSIDERS: The book captures the refreshing and evolving ethos of today’s smartly successful outdoor and lifestyle entrepreneurs and features interviews with key players from across the outdoor sector. Catering to modern globetrotters, these innovators are rethinking the ways in which the fundamental challenges posed by the wilderness meet the aesthetic needs of design-literate adventurers. The results are often radical, but always likeable with the occasional romantic or ironic wink.

Get your copy at Gestalten shop


OFF THE ROAD: Explorers, Vans, and Life Off the Beaten Track
Many of us long to get away from it all in the great outdoors. Converted vans, trucks, and other vehicles are increasingly popular means of escape that provide temporary homes amid isolated terrain, sandy dunes, and endless skies.

Get your copy at Gestalten shop



IN THE MOOD FOR COLOURS: By Hans Blomquist / Photo Debi Treolar. « Color is powerful. It can change our moods or raise our spirits…

It can be positively life-enhancing, yet so many of us struggle with choosing the right shades for our home, instead falling back on a safe but unadventurous palette of bland neutrals.
In this, his third book, celebrated interior stylist Hans Blomquist reveals his lifelong passion for color and the way in which it can affect our emotions. Color can soothe, enchant or excite. And as Hans demonstrates,
it has the ability to render rooms cool and calming, dynamic and stimulating or moody and intriguing.
As ever, Hans draws his inspiration from the treasures of the natural world, exploring shades from the dazzling optic white of newly fallen snow to the fiery crimson heart of a newly unfurled poppy and the inky canopy of the midnight sky. Divided into five sections Dark, Pale, Soft, Natural and Bright In the Mood for Colour will make you see color in a completely different light. »

Get your copy here. In selected bookstores too.



LIFE UNSTYLED:  Emily Henson is launching her new book ‘LIFE UNSTYLED’ and that’s great news. I was seduced by her previous books (Modern Rustic & Bohemian Modern). In that new book as she quotes:

« I get to totally indulge my unending passion for beautifully imperfect interiors. With the magnificent Debi Treloar behind the camera, I have curated, styled, and written what I hope is a book that inspires you all to love your own homes, with all their lumps, bumps and unfinished jobs, just a little bit more. »

Read more on my previous post her.


This post will be continued … So many books to tell about ! Stay tuned for #2 soon.


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Have a nice Friday,

& read books…

xx&x   valerie




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