Off the Shelf: Zandra’s Picks for Civilized Living

The Flower Recipe Book by Jill Rizzo and Alethea Harampolis

I am hoping that some family member of mine is reading this post and seeing that this would make for a really, really, REALLY good present for me!  First of all, the photographs are to die for.  I mean, truly.   Second, because the authors have presented their arrangements as recipes, you feel like you could actually re-create the sculptural knockouts they show you.   Third, they give you a little course in how to set up your flower tool box: what kinds of vases work with which kinds of flowers, structural tips on how to work with stems so that you achieve the look your going for, and an illustrated list of tools you’ll need to have on hand.  I’m going to start by choosing a flower recipe for the beautiful handmade vase by Cara Taylor we’re offering in this month’s box!

The Flower Recipe Book
By Alethea Harampolis, Jill Rizzo

Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris by Jennifer L. Scott

The thing to love about this book is in the simplicity of how Jennifer Scott sprinkles grace and elegance into daily life.  I was hooked after reading the table of contents.  With chapter titles such as “Deprive Yourself Not,” “Practice the Art of Femininity,” “Always Use the Best Things You Have,” and “Reject the New Materialism,” the book is beautifully aligned with this month’s theme (and with many of the basic principles we live by at Little Yellow Couch).  Think of it as an easy-to-digest handbook for getting started on a fashionable yet thoughtful way of life.


London Style Guide: Eat, Sleep, Shop by Saska Graville

Later in the month, we’ll talk about reviving the Golden Age of Travel.   I’m one of those types of people who enjoys planning a vacation to death, looking for as many out-of-the-way stops as possible so that I feel I’m getting a glimpse of “real” life in a given city, beyond the tourist destinations.   I haven’t been to London since college and this book alone is making me want to pack my bags immediately.  I’m salivating over the artsy photography and having dreams about scouring little antiques shops to find the most incredible, one-of-a-kind souvenir to bring home!