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What We're Reading #9

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Good morning!  I am a little late getting this linky party posted because Mr. Art @ Home wanted a big breakfast before work, and once I started cleaning my kitchen, I realized what a mess it truly was, so I cleaned it to within an inch of its life!

Welcome to What We're Reading, hosted by Bonnie and me.

I cannot wait to see what y'all have been reading lately.  I have been reading two very good home decor books:

Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic Inspirations,


and Fifi O'Neill's Romantic Prairie Style.


Rachel's new book features a bold new color palette of mostly bold blues and raspberries.  Many of the homes featured are Rachel's, and the reader gets a nice preview of Rachel's new B&B, The Prairie, in Round Top, Texas.  The London flat of Rachel's friend, Sera Hersham Loftus is so dramatic and pretty. But the book is worth its price, in my opinion, for the chapter called Glamour and Bling.  This chapter features Sharon Osborne's stunning new dining room and foyer.  Sharon Osborne has the best taste in all of Hollywood.  I adore her style, and I wish I could have a decorating consultation with Sharon!

Fifi's book is delightful just like her blog.  Although the romantic prairie style is a bit rustic for my taste, I do have many prairie style elements in my home. My favorite two chapters are Prairie Pretty and Urban Prairie.  I found tons of inspiration in them, and I definitely want to make the book page display shown on page 96.  I will create something very similar (and soon) and when I do, I will post some photos.

Have you read any wonderful home decor books lately?  Please write a post, and link back to What We're Reading.

What We're Reading

Until next time...

Happy reading!
Ricki Jill


  1. well I know where I am headed this afternoon.
    I must see Rachel's new book

  2. Danger! Danger! I think there'd be big trouble around here if I read, or even flipped through a home decor book!

  3. Man...I am sooooooooooooo jelous, I want to read both your home decor books...or at least peek inside!


  4. Ooh, I am loving those glass pumpkins in your header. Long time no see.

  5. I would love both books. Makes me want to run to Barnes & Noble right now!

  6. I love both of these books! They are on my wish list! I just finished a book that wasn't anything to rave about! I took books back to the library today! So it's time to find something new to read! I always enjoy your reviews! Thanks! ♥

  7. Hi Ricki! I'm joining the party for the first time :)

  8. Oh Ricki Jill,
    It's been so hecktic around here lately I just haven't had a chance to sit and read much...not even had time to flip through the pages of my newest Country Living magazine...I should make some time for a good book though...And yours are a couple I would definitely love to add to my home decorating book collection. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend.

    Hugs and Kisses,

  9. Ciao Ricki!Buongiorno anche a te!Belli i tuoi libri!Baci,Rosetta

  10. I can't wait to read Rachel's book. It is the only one of hers I don't have.

  11. Hey there Ricki Jill!! I am reading Rachel Ashwell's new book right now too- it's beautiful! Hope all is well with you and yours! :)

  12. Oh these look fabulous! I have to admit... when I'm not creating behind the computer I'm off redecorating our house, LOL!
    Thanks so much for your comment ~ sure do appreciate it! Tried to follow you blog but couldn't find the gadget so will make a mental note for the future.

  13. I wanna do a post on this. Will submit as soon as I do.

    Love this blog .Follow each other.

  14. Yikes! I almost missed it AGAIN! :) Thank you for hosting.

    Love RA. I can pick any of her books up anytime and see something new. :)


  15. Finally linking up! Thanks for hosting this month. Love your selections!


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