I just HAD to sneak in this post (a Christmas recap) before New Year’s day rolled around. And by the way…happy new year everyone!
Colby and I don’t live close to any of our family. Our nearest family members are three hours away (my family) and his family is a solid seven hour drive (to central Vermont). So each year we rotate our holiday travels. And most often, we spend Thanksgiving with his family in Vermont and Christmas with my family in “The County” (Aroostook County…Maine’s largest and Northern most county). And we spend it at the Bohovich family compound.
My parents, with my contractor brother’s help, built that house themselves. You can see where I get my DIY genes from. My other jeans come from American Eagle. Hmmm…that sounded funnier in my head. But anyway…my family likes to go a little Christmas crazy and this year was no exception.
There were so many great presents under that tree in my parents’ sun room…that they build and finished themselves. Maybe someday I should do a post about their pad! We’ll share our favorite gifts in a moment…but first…check out our GINORMOUS Christmas stockings.
My mom knitted all those. I get my craftiness from my mom. In the last couple of years she’s knitted seven stockings…if you’re counting that’s one for my Mom, Dad, brother Anthony, myself, Colby, the family dog Bailey and even one for Goose.
Lucky dog. And it was filled with all of his favorite things…bones, cookies, and squeaky toys. Although he promptly removed all three squeakers from all three of his squeaky toys within the first five minutes of “opening” his presents. But Goose’s favorite part of Christmas ins’t the bones or toys…it’s playing in the snow on the 30 plus acres that make up the Bohovich Family Compound.
We let him run free up there so it’s a real treat for him. Goose’s favorite activity is chasing away all the Chickadees that my Dad feeds. Goose even chased off the poor one-legged pigeon, who struggles eating seeds in the wind and has famously made an appearance in my Dad’s Christmas letter (I get my wit and charm from my Dad).
As for the goods this Christmas, here are a few of my favorite gifts.
*Images came from Amazon.com
- Good Bones Great Pieces by Suzanne & Lauren McGrath from my Grandma & Aunt Pat
- Happy Chic Color by Jonathan Adler from my Grandma & Aunt Pat
- Design Sponge at Home by Grace Bonney from my Grandma & Aunt Pat
- The Things That Matter by Nate Berkus from Colby
- Skil pink drill from my parents
- Sticky Buddy from Colby
Can you tell I asked for design books for Christmas? I may have pointed to the Nate Berkus book at Target and said to Colby “this would make an AMAZING Christmas present…hint hint”….several times…and texted it to him while he was Christmas shopping. But the Sticky Buddy was all his idea. It’s actually kind of an inside joke for us. We’ve always joked about Sticky-Buddy-ing our dog (he sheds like you wouldn’t believe). Goose doesn’t let me brush him…but he does let me Sticky-Buddy him…and IT WORKS! Haha! And I ADORE that pink drill…my parents 100% understand my love for both DIY and pink tools (they got me a pink tool bag and tools last year)!
And now for Colby’s booty (this is where I wanted to insert a pic of Colby’s rear end but sadly couldn’t find one…so just picture it…and in Carharts since that’s when it’s at its cutest).
*Images came from Amazon.com and Lowes.com
- It’s A Wonderful Life DVD from my Grandma and Aunt Pat
- Skil router table from my parents
- Leather mittens from my brother Anthony
- Muse CD from me
- Milwaukee jobsite radio from me
- Lowe’s gift card (one from my Aunt Pat and one from Anthony)
I know…I know…in the world of digital music I got Colby a CD. But we are both still loyal CD buyers so back off! Haha! I think it’s adorable that one of Colby’s favorite movies is It’s A Wonderful Life. I’ve still yet to see it…maybe tonight should be movie night. Oh…and since Colby has received that router table (he got a router last year for Christmas) and jobsite radio for his shop, I haven’t seen him. He disappears into his mancave/shop and emerges hours later in a sawdust stupor. He’s been working on a few projects for the house so stay tuned for details.
It was a great Christmas celebration up in the county filled with too much food, too many good times, and tons of family time. But now we’re back home and settling back in. I’ve been settling into all those design books. I can’t put them down.
Of the four I received for Christmas, I’ve already read three cover to cover and am about a quarter of the way into the Design Sponge book. I can’t get enough! I think the Nate Berkus The Things That Matter book is my favorite read so far. It’s all about the homes of his friends, family and clients and how they decorate their homes with meaningful objects. I love that.
With the additional Christmas gifts, my design book collection has more than doubled! They make great additions to the Ikea Beloved Homes, Domino, and Young House Love books already in my collection.
Pssst…But enough about us, how was your Christmas celebration? Any favorite gifts or reads you just can’t put down? Anyone else have stockings for their dog? Was the dog’s stocking more filled up than any other member’s of the family? Goose’s and Bailey’s stockings were the most fill in our house. It’s a dog’s life!
Guess what came in the mail the other day?! Wha-bam…there it is:
And since it’s arrival I’ve pretty much holed up under the covers of both our bed and this book. I love it!
Siskel and Ebert Angie gives it two thumbs up. It’s just as witty and humorous as their blog and very John and Sherry. For anyone unfamiliar with the Petersiks, they’re the brains behind the uber popular and successful Young House Love blog. And they just wrote a book about all sorts of cheap and easy projects you and I can tackle to show our house some love. I’ve already earmarked at least three (dozen) projects that I would LOVE to incorporate into our home.
So since design book reading trumps blogging about one’s porch roofing job, I thought I would do a little post about design books and bloggers turned authors. I’m pretty new to the Design book world. I have two…the essential Domino book and Beloved Homes, which is an Ikea book of yore. Strangely, they hang out in our entryway. And yes, I’m totally rethinking that situation. Design books belong in living rooms not entries. But I’ve never been one to go by the book (haha).
I may only have two, now three, design books in my clutches but that doesn’t mean that I’m seriously jonesing about a few others. Here’s a little design book wish list that I’ve got going (all images below came from the Books A Million website where I nerdily keep a list of all the books I want to read).
1. The Handbuilt Home by Ana White
This book is from the always amazing Ana White, from the Ana White blog. She’s amazing. Seriously. Any chick that can rock killer heels and wield a power tool and build furniture like she does is all right in my book. Needless to say, I can’t wait to pick up her just-came-out book for a serious dose of girl power with all her furniture plans that she’s come up with.
2. Decorate by Holly Becker and Joanna Copestick
Holly Becker is the blogger behind Decor8, a wildly popular blog that just so happens to be one of my favorites. This book is chock full of design ideas for your home including decorating tips from famous designers including Jonathan Adler.
3. Design Sponge At Home by Grace Boney
Another blogger turned author. Grace publishes the blog Design Sponge which is the most visited design website out there. And now she wrote a book. I’ve heard this book referred to as the “design bible” so I’m uber stoked to bring this book home with me someday. This one might have to be my next book purchase.
4. The Perfectly Imperfect Home by Deborah Needleman
Do you remember the magazine Domino? Well this book is from the founding editor of Domino. Needless to say, it’s an extension of the magazine with tons of useful tips on decorating your home. From finding a useful sofa to “cozification”, you can find tips, tricks, and musings from the beloved editor.
5. The Things That Matter by Nate Berkus
Ummm…need I say more. It’s Nate Berkus for crying out loud. THE Nate Berkus (picture me making my Nate Berkus signature hand signal while sporting my take-me-serious face while saying Nate Berkus).
6. Undecorate by Christiane Lemieux
You gotta have respect for a book that is all about breaking the rules. And that’s what happens inside the pages of this book from the founder and creative director of DwellStudio. It’s all about the love for the unpredictable and unusual moments from houses all over the country and how those imperfections make those houses home. Sounds like my house would fit right in.
Once I finish reading and musing over every word of the Young House Love book, I look forward to picking up one of these finds and start pouring through them as well. I love me a good design book. I’ve had my Domino book for about a year now and it always seems to come out when I need a little inspiration, or a push to go a little bolder, or just for a good time on a Friday night. I don’t get out much.
Pssst…Speaking of Friday night, happy almost weekend everyone! Here’s to champagne wishes and caviar dreams. Oh wait, that’s lifestyles of the rich and the famous. It’s more like painting wishes and DIY dreams per the lifestyles of the handyman and his wife.