EVERYDAY STYLE TIP: Leave Your Books Out

I believe style does not have to be about having a lot of money. It's about how you approach things in life--the little as well as the big. It's about making yourself happy, and in turn delighting yourself, your family and friends every day. Need some inspiration? Here's my first Everyday Style Tip.

If you haven't noticed already, I love love love books. But I'm also excessively organized and hate clutter. So I rotate displays of books throughout the house, selecting ones that fit the season or occasion. Then I choose a few art or design books for the dining room table (which in my home is pretty much the entry table). I leave them open to inspire me and make me smile when I pass by--and to delight and entertain visitors, who can't help but rifle through and comment on their favorites...

This image is from a foldout of a Monet book I've owned for years. Never really noticed it till I left the book out. I like that it's not the typical Water Lilies image.

READ (or just admire): Monet Water Lilies by Charles F. Stuckey. Used copies available through various sites; Barnes & Noble online seems to have the best prices.

"Use the good china for breakfast."