I have been looking at Amy Butler's book Midwest Modern for quite some time now - always wanting it and not wanting to splurge on something as decadent as a 'coffee-table book'. I finally broke-down the other day and I can honestly say that I ADORE this book!!
Since Paul and I got married (almost 10 years ago) and started a home together I have played it kind of safe with neutrals. I don't know why but now I am really feeling the need for colour - perhaps it is because of Hannah and Wyatt and all their fun, colourful toys and books that surround me - maybe it reminds me of the comfort of my Non's house - maybe I'm just ready for a change - maybe it's all of the above!!
Here are a few photos of my favourite pages...
The book is so refreshing, so visually stimulating but calming at that same time. There is text scattered here and there amongst the fabulous photos. I haven't had a chance to read much of it yet but I did find this passage which really resonated with me...
This book touts design, art and ideas to jump-start your creative spark. It also might give you a sense of my passion for recycling, reusing, and reducing. This is part and parcel of everything we do at my studio, and of how I try to lead my life - only buying what I need, buying locally when I can, and choosing quality over quantity. This philosophy is inherent in the ideas laid out here: reusing vintage clothing and furnishings, making your own cool home and fashion items, gardening organically to help sustain your ecosystem, and simply - well, living simply.
Such a great philosophy - something we strive for in our home. So good for us, the kids and the environment - and it's really kind of fun! Motivated to try harder - to do better - to be more thoughtful in all our choices.