Week Forty-six: New Lifestyle Books from Monocle + Remodelista

new books: the monocle guide to better living and remodelista | simple pretty

As a blogger, one of the questions I’m asked most frequently is “What are you reading?” And while that list is ever-changing (I seem to cycle between food and fashion blogs: surprise!), two constants are Monocle magazine and Remodelista. I read Monocle for its dedicated, global analysis of culture and design, and Remodelista for its effortlessly chic take on all things lifestyle/home. Both seem to have their finger on the pulse of things I want/need to know about. And both have books out this fall.

excerpt from the monocle guide to better living | simple pretty

monocle: style

The Monocle Guide to Better Living (Gestalten, $60) I’ve been a subscriber to Monocle magazine for a few years now, finally wising up after months of delayed gratification acquiring a copy at US newsstands. In that time, Monocle has established itself as my go-to source for travel info, as each issue inevitably features an awesome new shop/hotel/restaurant I want to visit, and I was eager to see Monocle address “living” as a whole. Whether it’s detailing the best cities for business, considering happiness, or simply suggesting a list of wardrobe essentials, no component escapes the considered analysis (and thoughtful details) of Tyler Brûlé, Andrew Tuck and staff. (Monocle is definitely known for its attention to detail.)  The book is a mix of new and repurposed content, but that works for me as I consider it a smart way to reference the best of Monocle in one elegant, yellow-linen-covered tome.

It goes without saying that the book’s design is impeccable.

excerpt from the monocle guide to better living | simple pretty

monocle: stockholm hotel ett hem

excerpt from the remodelista book | simple pretty

remodelista: architect elizabeth roberts’ home

Remodelista: A Manual for the Considered Home (Artisan, $37.50) Julie Carlson and her team at Remodelista have also assembled a knock-out book. Remodelista is known for its no-holds-barred take on subjects, delving into the details to explain what they admire about a home (or shop’s) design, and better yet, explain how you can translate the aesthetic for a similar feel yourself. The Remodelista book opens with pictorial tours (with accompanying narrative details) of twelve favorite houses. As a Remodelista fangirl, I was elated to see that architect Elizabeth Roberts + Remodelista co-founder Francesa Connolly’s houses made the cut. Both are favorites of mine.

I can picture myself living in almost every house featured, and I appreciate that, while the houses are stylish, they look like people are living in them. (Which, let’s face it, is not the norm: shelter magazines and blogs usually focus on unattainable perfection.) That said, as an avid researcher, I think my favorite part of the Remodelista manual is its back-of-the-book resource guides, covering topics like the “Remodelista 100” objects, the how-to’s of remodeling, as well a comprehensive list sourcing designers + shops. Perfect.

excerpt from the remodelista book | simple pretty

remodelista: dissecting the style of amanda pays’ california kitchen

image credits: monocle book cover from gestalten.com; remodelista book cover from workman.com; excerpts from both books photographed by jane potrykus

* a review copy of the remodelista book was provided at my request.