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Fashion and Home Books to Inspire Your 2020

by Nicole De Los Reyes
The conversations around the way we dress and the spaces we inhabit are changing in new and exciting ways! Here is a list of our favorite reads from early 2020 to inspire you for the rest of the year: 

 

Brown Bohemians: Honoring the Light and Magic of Our Creative Community by Vanessa Vernon, Morgan Ashley, and Wendy Pruitt (February 18)

In this original collection of photos and mini-biographies, the stories of the colored community that work with Bohemian Brands online clothing and home-goods store are highlighted. In an industry where their demographic is largely underrepresented, this creative undertaking reveals the artists’ vitality, unique identities, and experiences in fashion, lifestyle, and art.  

 

Live Beautiful by Athena Calderone (March 3) 

Athena Calderone is a designer and the self-proclaimed visual and culinary storyteller behind the popular blog Eye-Swoon. In her second book “Live Beautiful”, she sets out to explore the highly-personal design processes of 19 curated homes.  If you aren’t already a fan of Athena Calderone’s “lean-yet-luscious” aesthetic, her second book Live Beautiful will convert you. 

 

Project 333: The Minimalist Fashion Challenge that Proves Less is So Much More by Courtney Carver (March 3)

If you’ve ever wanted to declutter your closet but had no idea where to start, minimalist expert Courtney Carver’s new book will help jumpstart your process. The project she proposes is simple: Wear just 33 items in your closet for 3 months! Her wardrobe capsuling is an exercise in releasing one’s self from the vicious cycle of consumerism and learning how who we are and what we have is enough.  

 

Biophilia: You + Nature + Home by Sally Coulthard (March 19)

Creating a ‘biophilic home’ as Coulthard calls it, is not only a way to become more in touch with nature, but is also a proven, neuroscientific way to increase one’s health and happiness. Through this colorful and pleasing guide, she introduces readers to the key elements needed to establish such an environment, and bring the natural world into your home. 

 

Wild Interiors by Hilton Carter (April 7)

The indoor jungle look has peaked over the last few years, and designer and author Hilton Carter’s latest book Wild Interiors really captures the moment. The hardcover book features his own personal plant journey, as well as 12 stylish homes of fellow plant parents, with decorating tips galore! There’s no one else who speaks with such passion and authority on the subject. 

 

How to Make a House a Home by Ariel Kaye (April 14)

In her new, beautifully-illustrated book, Ariel Kaye, the founder of lifestyle brand Parachute, offers a step-by-step guide on how to make each room in your home ‘uniquely yours’. “A house provides shelter, while a home is so much more,” she explains in the book’s introduction. Packed with simple tips and easy instructions, this is the guide to transforming your home into a space that nurtures, inspires, engages your mind, body, and senses, and tells your story. 

 

Happy Inside: How to Harness the Power of Home for Health and Happiness by Michelle Ogundehin (April 30)

In Happy Inside, Ogundehin harnesses her years working in the industry as a trained architect and former editor of Elle Decoration UK, to reveal how transforming your home can improve your quality of life and bring you closer to becoming your ‘best self’. Drawing on Buddhist philosophy and mindfulness, she offers a transformative new, approach to home design: “To feel calm, content, soothed or energized, you must begin with what surrounds you”. 

 

This is Not a Fashion Story: Taking Chances, Breaking Rules, and Being a Boss in the Big City by Danielle Bernstein (May 12)

The creative genius behind the iconic style platform WeWoreWhat shares the business lessons she learned after more than ten years in the industry in 27 delectable chapters. The book traces her beginnings as a blogger to international fashion influencer to tech entrepreneur and CEO of her own company. Bernstein spares no details about her wild romances or sex life in this candid account, making it a unique read compared to your average business book! 

 

Skincare: The Ultimate No-Nonsense Guide by Caroline Hirons (June 25)

Caroline Hirons is a popular Youtuber and skincare expert who has worked in the industry for over 35 years. She is known for her refreshingly honest reviews and for “the Caroline effect,” where anything she recommends flies off the shelves. In her book, she explains the facts, dispels myths, and offers tips on how to have good skin at any budget. It’s an easy, funny guide by no less than “The Skincare Queen” herself.