In this post: If you’re a fan of interior design books, you’ll love this stunning new design book. It belongs on our list of the best coffee table books.⇒
I’ll never forget the image I used as my focal point in my lamaze class when preparing to give birth.
Do they even still do that today? When I was pregnant with my first child, we were instructed by the lamaze coach to pick an image that inspires and calms us and to have it with us to focus on when we go into labor.
I kid you not. I picked an image of a kitchen that I loved.
Maybe that’s weird?
But beautiful surroundings have always inspired me and it’s only grown more important to me since then.
Fast forward to present day and I’m still moved by beautiful settings. It’s no doubt the reason why home decor is my passion and why I approach entertaining with the attention to visual detail that I do.
With the advent of the internet and platforms like Pinterest, devotees of ambiance found an endless supply of motivating eye candy.
I also confess to enjoying real life magazines, curling up on the sofa sipping a nice cup of tea.
Yet the plum prize, and one of the simplest luxuries to indulge in, is an exquisite coffee table book chock full of inspiration.
From the crisp hard cover to the embossed title, and the lovely printed end sheets to the lush page leaves, a quality design book is one of those little joys we can access to add pleasure to our day.
One such gem has come across my path this week and I’m delighted to share it with you. It’s called French Country Cottage Inspired Gatherings and the author is my friend Courtney from the blog French Country Cottage. You’ve likely seen me share images from her blog posts, and like me, perhaps you’re already smitten with her design style.
The new book features her stunning photography, as she illuminates what makes a gathering uniquely special.
The content is brand new and with each turn of the page, you’ll be delighted and surprised at the broad and varied sites that play host to her gorgeous get-togethers.
More than once I turned to a page and discovered a photo that took my breath away.
Besides the enchanting imagery, the book is structured to be more than just aspirational.
It opens with a section that provides practical guidance on the essential elements of a memorable gathering, breaking it down into layers that add up to the spectacular result.
Next the book serves up an impressive array of picturesque examples, grouped into sections titled ‘Small Gatherings’, ‘Entertaining at Home’ and ‘Inspirational Settings’. The breadth of the offerings is truly extraordinary.
The book winds down with a chapter dedicated to florals, which underscores the exceptional talent Courtney has with arranging bouquets.
Ultimately, it’s the magical environments that Courtney creates throughout her book that gives it its unique identity, setting it apart from other books in its genre.
If you’d like to give yourself or someone you love a charming and uplifting gift, this is the book for you!
I am happy to have the opportunity to GIVE AWAY a copy of Courtney’s book Inspired Gatherings to one lucky winner!
To enter for a chance to win just leave a comment below. For additional chances to win leave a comment on my other posts this week (there will be a post Wednesday, Friday and Saturday). The winner will be announced on Sunday.
Interior Design Books Shopping Guide
If you already own this wonderful book or would like to collect several, you might be interested in the other options I’ve curated below. They include Courtney’s first book, French Country Cottage, along with some of my other favorites. Click on the items below for direct links to the books. I’ve provided many options for a broad range of tastes.
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