Monday, January 9, 2012

Read Between The Lines

A good spouse will read between the lines. It's the unspoken that holds the key to our hearts isn't it? 

Some time last year, I scribbled down a long list of a blogger's recommended design books. (Sorry I can't remember the source.) I'd love to start a collection. For an awesome list and reviews currently posted, check out Amy's recommendations at Maison Decor.

These are 3 on my list of many.
Style and Substance- The Best of Elle Decor by Margaret Russell
Home Rules by Nate Berkus 
French Essence by Vicki Archer

Somehow in all of the clutter on my desk, the doc found the list. He chose the above 3 to give to me for Christmas. Yay!  Maybe I should leave more lists lying around. 

I love the smell of crisp pages opened up for the first time. Photos of beautiful design are like pure candy to me!
These are some of the images in this book.

And from French Essence-
 Somehow my stacked books and papers never look this artistic.

I once heard a man say he studied his wife like a book and after 40 years of marriage felt he hadn't even graduated college yet. Paying attention to little details, like comments made in passing or scribbled lists, is one of the best ways to "study" our mates, our children and friends. 
One of my goals this year is to hear the unspoken from those I love.


Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Way to go, Doc! Tammy, you've been given some great new inspiration, haven't you? Thanks for the reminder to pay attention to the little things. Great advice!

michelle said...

What a sweet post Tammy and so thoughtful of your hubby. I believe that it is between the lines that we find out the most of ourselves and others. Enjoy reading, they look beautiful.

Gina said...

That was sweet & thoughtful of your husband. Enjoy your new books!

Anonymous said...

I want a husband again. Lord knows I miss my guy Dennis so much!
I love living through your happiness by dropping by your blog.

Hugs, Viola

raggygirlvintage said...

What a sweetie, I know Mr RGV keeps a list on his phone when he hears me mention something, but usually I have to drop pretty big hints:-)

Marydon said...

What a husband! Love this write, Tammy. Always a delight to view your beautiful ideas, thoughts.
Have a beautiful week ~

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

What a thoughtful thing to do! The Doc did good!! Love the books and I can tell they are full of eye candy!!

Lou Cinda :)

Love Of Quilts said...

It is nice to goals! Thats a good hubby you have.

bj said...

Tammy, dear, this is such a romantic post. I just love it so much.And....I would say that the doc loves YOU so much. :))
xoxo bj

Kathysue said...

I love love this post and I have to borrow your phrase, " To hear the unspoken from those I love!" That is so true and after 42 years of marriage to my sweetheart of 46 years, it is a wonderful quality to have in a marriage, he hears me, even if I don't speak!! It sounds as if yours does too,

Jo said...

It's the little things that add up to the big beautiful picture ... well done!


podso said...

wonderful, wonderful post for the new year and outstanding photo of "between the lines." I just heard a quote from whom I don't remember or the details of it but it went something like he had all the study and degrees he could amass but the one thing he could never learn was to understand a woman! I didn't think we were that complex but this post would give him an idea of how to pursue!

Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

What a good Doc, pays attention to the details!

Donna said...

What a wonderful husband! But then you must be a wonderful wife to be so interesting as to deserve his "reading between the lines". A perfect match!!

Karena said...

Tammy kudos to your husband for paying attention!! What is better than a cup of tea or wine in the evening and paging through such beautiful images!


Art by Karena

Anita said...

The doc has taken a few ideas from the decorating world, I see; paying attention to the "details." I love how you told this story. :) It seems that 2011 ended on a good note for you. May your 2012 be blessed beyond expectations. Happy New Year.

CHH said...

Dear Tammy,

Lovely post.

I hope I have the chance to meet you someday.

Enjoy your day!

Kathleen said...

He's a keeper! After 40 years, my dh still doesn't pick up on the hints!
I have been reading your older posts. Can't wait to see what the computer tells you on the 23 rd! Best of luck!

Pamela Bates of Mercantile Muse said...

just found you via karena's blog. look forward to getting to know you and your blog. so much inspiration to be found in books. i love that stack of newspapers on the velvet bench,so wrong and so right at the same time. when things are too neat and perfect it just doesn't feel like a home to me.

Cindy said...

That's wonderful. Such beautiful images and beautiful thoughts. I need to make a list of the books that I would like to have. Glad to see you back blogging again.
Love and hugs, Cindy

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Oh I don't have any of those..except the Nate Berkus one. I see there is another blue and red kitchen!! I would love to get Vicki Archers book...let me know if you love it.

Carolyn@SweetChaos said...

What a sweet hubby you have! The books look great.

Bring Pretty Back said...

Awwwww. How special! Now i need these books!
Have a pretty day!

Lisa Gatz said...

That's a beautiful goal. And a very thoughtful husband! I love design books.