The Library Stack

The Library Stack – Beauty and Slowness

It’s been a while since I’ve written any posts for my blogging topic category – The Library Stack where I share my latest stack of local library books I’ve borrowed.

Before I got injured (slip on ice led to broke ankle, if you are new to this blog), I borrowed a HUGE stack of library books and a couple of contained meaningful quotes and concepts that stuck with me.

Yummy Library Stack!

Beauty by Design: Refreshing Spaces Inspired by What Matters Most by Ginger Curtis

This book focuses on turning your home into a sanctuary that reflects who you are.

The author uses the acronym B-E-A-U-T-Y in a creative and inspirational way:

B – Be still in your space and spend time reflecting on your journey.

E – Express your dreams. Say those lovelies aloud, tell friends about them, write them down.

A – Ask someone in your life to share insight and encouragement about you and your dreams.

U – Understand the values of what you have to offer through your heart and home.

T – Take time to plan a next step or two or four. Use this book to keep going.

Y – Yes. Say it. Yes, you have permission to foster the beauty you long for.

The book is peppered with inspirational quotes and here are my favorites I stumbled upon as I paged through this book:

If it’s a woman’s nature to nurture, then she must nourish herself.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Where we love is home – home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Still: The Slow Home by Natalie Watson

This book also contained inspirational quotes that stuck with me. This book invites readers to structure their home environment based on the “SLOW” Movement – living SUSTAINABLE, shopping LOCALLY, selecting ORGANIC products, and eating WHOLE foods.

When were you last still?

Without movement and motion.

And free from thoughts tumbling and rumbling ahead.

But still in the silent depths of quiet calm.

Holding space for now.

Natalie Watson, Still: The Slow Home

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.:


The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes.

Marcel Proust

The book discusses 10 steps to slow living:

  1. Create a vision
  2. Develop a value framework
  3. Find our why
  4. Focus on priorities
  5. Take responsibility
  6. Let go
  7. Switch off
  8. Live in the now
  9. Cultivate good feelings
  10. Embrace SLOW living one step at a time

It was a wonderful home decoration book and I felt calm and peaceful after reading it.

The other books in the library stack were awesome but these two stood out for me.

15 thoughts on “The Library Stack – Beauty and Slowness”

  1. I’ve been going to local libraries quite a bit of late – but usually just to pick up an order – I might take a gander through some more for my own journey (not the pilgrimage to do with my late sister) although I was inspired by a book recently…that came via that part one of said pilgrimage

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  2. Hi,
    unusual review, thanks 🙏 🙏
    We have some books about slow living and stillness in our library. The book we like most about this topic is “Silence” by Erling Kagge. We blogged about it
    We are interested in interior design and our dear Master’s books about colour cover interior design as well.
    Keep well
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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