Saturday, April 22, 2006

In My Library Bag: Inspirational Homemaking

I'm in awe that reader Lyn has actually toured author Emilie Barnes' home--and even peeked in her organized pantry! Emilie Barnes' writing influenced me so much as a young wife. I still keep two of her books on my shelf. I thought I'd list some of my inspirational favorites about keeping home and budgets beautiful.

Emilie Barnes’ The Spirit of Loveliness
Emilie Barnes’ More Hours In My Day
Alexandra Stoddard’s Open Your Eyes
Alexandra Stoddard’s Feeling At Home
Alexandra Stoddard’s The Decoration Of Houses
Cheryl Mendelson’s Home Comforts
Edith Schaeffer’s Hidden Art Of Homemaking
Amy Dacyczn’s Complete Tightwad Gazette

If you have a favorite homemaking inspiration, please share the title and author with us in the comments below!


MommyLydia said...

I love the Tightwad Gazette. Too bad I got really intersted only AFTEr she stopped publishing the newsletter. But I own two of the volumes (I think. Or maybe the same one twice... I lose track of what I have sometimes)

Anonymous said...

I'd have to agree with you on Amy Dacyczn's books--she's got wonderful wit and wisdom! But, I'd have to say since discovering you a few days ago, I've really enjoyed your things. Thanks for sharing your talents.

Two books that still continue to inspire me are "Little House in the Big Woods" and "Farmer Boy" by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Though not written for that purpose, the self-reliance and details inspire me.

Thanks again for a wonderful blog and resource.

Your cyber-neighbor,

Jane Payne

Anonymous said...

Home Cooking by Laurie Colwin. It's mostly about food, but it includes a lot of domestic details, and I just find it an inspiration for how I want my home to be. Things done with care and love, but not too much focus on perfection at all costs.


Shannon said...

You listed some of my favorites! Another one I enjoy is Mrs. Dunwoody's Excellent Instructions for Homekkeping (Miriam Lukken). It's fun to read.

Also, off topic, but I think I remember you mentioning homeschooling (preschooling?) your son. If you have any ideas on that, especially on doing it frugally, I sure would love to hear them:)

Marie said...

I was pleased to see I've read two of the books - Tightwad Gazette and the Hidden Art of Homemaking. Both very good.

Anonymous said...

I recommend Laurie Ward's 'Use What You Have Decorating'. Unless the book has been updated, the photos are black and white and not very charming, the homeowner's furnishings and homes used as examples are obviously dated. However, the book teaches basic design principles that make even worn-out, boring stuff appear fresh, and homes so much more welcoming.


Meredith said...

Those *are* good books, Debbie. I can't remember the title of her latest one, which was in the same vein. Great for getting ready to put your house on the market.