A Beautiful Mess Happy Handmade Home
I could not wait to get my hands on this book. I'd seen it circulating in the blogworld, and though I'd never heard of A Beautiful Mess's blog (I know, where have I been? Still mourning the loss of Young House Love, I suppose), I was curious to see what it was all about. Upon delivery, this book did not disappoint!! The second I received the package in the mail, I ripped open the envelope and counted down the minutes until naptime so I could begin to devour it.
This book is chock full of nearly 240 full color, beautifully designed and meticulously staged photographs. That makes for an absolutely exquisite book. BUT. But. It can be quite a disappointment when one tries to recreate a similar look in their own home. I know the idea of a book like this is to take the general feel of a room/project and put one's own spin on it. However, anything and everything I could ever come up with would be so lackluster compared to the images in this book! The tag of the book is to paint, craft, and decorate a cheerful, more inspiring space. This book definitely inspires, so I suppose my beef isn't really with this book: its with my own inabilities to adequately create what I am inspired to create! However, that certainly won't keep me from trying!
Not only is this a fantastic book on fresh decor ideas, its also a handbook for homemade parties! I love to throw parties-- baby showers, birthday, wedding showers, etc. Any excuse to dress up a space and have lots of friends together is my idea of a good time. I love some of the ideas for party decorations and themes. Perhaps my favorite feature of this book is the 9 Ways series... they choose an ordinary item (jewelry dish, toothbrush holder, picture frame, etc) and remake it 9 different ways. This is revolutionary! I love the idea of taking something ordinary, useful, plain and simple, then turning it into an absolute statement piece!!
This book is beautiful and really gives a lot of bang for every buck. Not just a coffee table book, this is sure to be sitting on my craft table and my kitchen table, too.
Though I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for the purposes of this review, the opinions are my own.