Home is my favorite place in the world to be. While I love adventures and exploring and discovering to no end, all of that is only good as long as there’s a cozy home in the world waiting for my return. One summer I tested this out by traveling all over the country with no physical home waiting for me to return to, and even though I loved almost every bit of it, I felt like a boat lost out at sea. I didn’t have the grounding anchor of a home, and I missed having one dearly.
Oh, home, how I love thee. Isn’t it just the best though? The very best place in the world to build forts, with a kitchen close by for baking and cooking and eating, and then a cozy bed for when the fort gets tiresome (which is never). And then there are all the things to create and craft that make your house a home. It’s basically a blank canvas for endless self-expression.
But it’s so much more than that. It’s the place that cradles my family, the place where they can relax, that rejuvenates and nourishes them, and that gives them a safe refuge from the craziness of the world. It’s an old-fashioned idea, but for me, being a mother means that I get the privilege of creating the coziest and sweetest home I can, and I love every bit of it.
Because I love home, and because I love books, it should be no surprise that I love books about home, especially when they’re about making a cozy and sweet one. I have a few that I adore that I want to share with you, and I hope they inspire you to do a little homemaking of your own.
Read: The Hands-On Home
This one isn’t all handmade craft kinds of things. It’s also got some recipes and diy cleaning supplies and other things to do around your home, and is divided into seasons which I really love.
Read: Handmade Home
I’m pretty sure this was my first ever home-craft book, but for sure the one that inspired me to get crafty homestyle. The projects are super homey and definitely will give you that sweet homemade look. I love the author Amanda Soule and have followed her blog forever, and if you happen to like this book then I’m pretty sure you’ll like her other two, so check them out on Amazon.
Read: A Well-Crafted Home
I came across this book last year and fell in love with the simplicity and beauty of every single project. It’s just about perfection, with simple but beautiful crafts that don’t require any advanced skills.
Read: Minimalism for Families
This is a good how-to book for minimizing with a family which is totally different than doing the same thing when you’re a single gal. This is a really good companion to Simplicity Parenting by the way.
Read: Crafting a Colorful Home
I love this book so. As much as I love a neutral color pallet, I must admit it will never be for me. I’m a color fanatic. The entire thing will make you want to raid the craft store and paint your house red. Or blue. Or yellow. Or orange. Or all of them at once.
I follow this lady on Insta and she is the number one reason my home is as clean as it is. I hate cleaning, but she has an awesome method that makes it less painful. She’s also how I found out about the amazing home disinfecting properties of hydrogen peroxide, which is now about all I use for a full house cleaner.
What about you, friend? Have any book or people recommendations for me? Share them below if you do :)