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by Meredith Schickel 

Spring is a perfect time not just for cleaning, but also for rethinking spaces and making them work better for you. Check out one of these great books to get inspiration and help with creating a space for yourself and everything in your life. 

Beautifully Organized: A guide to function and style in your home by Nikki Boyd

In Beautifully Organized, social media sensation Nikki Boyd hopes to inspire people to think of home organization not as a task, but rather an opportunity to express themselves. This beautifully photographed book will give you organizational tips that will allow you to spend less time cleaning and more time enjoying your home life.

But Where Do I Put the Couch? And answers to 100 other Home Decorating Questions by Melissa Michaels and KariAnne Wood

Bloggers from The Inspired Room and Thistlewood Farms help you answer all your home decorating concerns and to make the whole process less overwhelming. Whether you are starting from scratch or just interested in a space refresher, they will help answer questions about how to make your house your home, without breaking your budget. 

The Foraged Home by Oliver Maclennan

If you are looking for a way to create a sustainable, one-of-a-kind style in your home, this book will give you tips and design ideas to inspire you. With profiles of homes throughout the world, Oliver Maclennan shows just how easy and fashionable foraged style can be. From beachcombing to forest hunting to urban salvaging, these ideas will help you recreate these designs at home, and to go beyond mass-market items.

The Kinfolk Home by Nathan Williams

A “slow” approach to crafting a home is all about intention—of slowing down, simplifying your life and cultivating community. The Kinfolk Home explores homes around the world where spaces are created based on the needs of the residents. These designers, architects and stylists share how their values and ideals shape their spaces in a way that benefits families and friends, no matter the size of the space or the community.

Meredith Schickel is an Adult Services Librarian at the Byron Township branch of Kent District Library. Although it may not always look like it from the state of her desk, she loves to organize and is always excited to learn more about style and design.


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This article appeared in the May 2020 edition of Women’s LifeStyle Magazine. Click here to read the full edition.

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