Need some motivation? Read those books!

I recently went, and still am, going through a little bit of a self-doubting and questioning time. I am in my thirties, I am married, I am not ready for a baby yet, what should I eat tonight, why am I so afraid of flying, and what’s the meaning of life???

That escalated quickly! But that’s my thought process most evening before to go to bed at the moment… I have been feeling a lot like I am living the life I am given instead of owning it, and being a very anxious person the feeling of being out of control is very difficult for me to manage. Anyway, enough of the self-introspection and on to what I have been doing to help and move forward.

Well, I have been reading a lot! I find dedicated time to think and learn very restful and almost a little bit like meditation.

And because sharing is caring, I listed below the books I have found the most useful! Some helped me being more productive with the blog, some helped me with confidence at work, and others helped with my general anxiety.

Inspirational and motivational books

So when you feel overwhelmed, keep calm and read a book!

Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg

This book needs no introduction. It is very famous for a good reason! Sheryl Sandberg shows you how she navigates work and life as a woman and a mother, so you can do it too. You will finish this book feeling empowered and ready to ‘sit at the table’.

Read it if:

  • You are looking for motivation in the workplace
  • You need to boost your self-confidence as a woman in the workplace
  • You feel a little left behind and not very valued at work or at home

Girlboss, by Sophia Amoruso

You may have heard about Sophia Amorous when shopping for some clothes or watching Netflix. But before being the controversial business woman she is today, she was a young and poor woman trying to make money selling clothes on eBay. This book shows you that all you need is a good idea and motivation!

Read it if:

  • You want to own your career
  • You need inspiration and motivation to create a business
  • You have limited resources but you want to achieve big things

Artist in the Office, by Summer Pierre

You are stuck in a very uncreative job or work environment? This interactive book will show you how to inject creativity in your everyday life, from making coffee to writing and drawing.

Read it if:

  • You want to inject creativity in your daily life
  • You are stuck in a very non-creative job and are looking to change that
  • You are an artist but cannot live off your art and had to take an office job

The Working Woman’s Handbook, by Phoebe Lovatt

A guide to help you plan and organise your career around the life you want, from budget, to execution, to taking vacations!

Read it if:

  • You need inspiration to change and/or better own your career
  • You like guidance and actionable tips
  • You struggle finding the right work-life balance

Don’t Get a Job…Make a Job, by Gem Barton

This book is useful if you are looking for your next job but find nothing you like on LinkedIn. Maybe your dream job doesn’t exist, maybe you have to create it?

Read it if:

  • You are a young graduate and are starting to look for your first job
  • You want to get away from the conventional 9 to 5
  • You find the task of looking for a new job daunting and you need motivation

Blog, Inc., by Joy Deangdeelert Cho

A little blogging bible! It guides you through the steps to follow to create and grow your blog. It also shares some successful bloggers’ stories which are very inspiring, and show you that everybody had to start somewhere.

Read it if:

  • You want to start a blog and need some guidance
  • You have been blogging for a while but you need a refresher
  • You are planning your blog strategy and could do with some inspiration

The Inside-Out Revolution, by Michael Neill

This book was a recommendation from my therapist as I suffer high anxiety and a phobia of flying. It hasn’t completely cured me but I had a few ‘light bulb moments’ while reading it. A good read to get a different perspective on your feelings and how to manage them.

Read it if:

  • You suffer anxiety
  • You want to better manage your fears and worries
  • You want to get more control over your feelings

Now breath in, breath out, read a bit, it’s all going to be okay!

Follow me on InstagramTwitterPinterestYoutube and Trover!


Reading nook – Reveal

As I mentioned a little while ago, British new builds have so little storage that you need to be very creative and make the most of any negative space available. In my case, I had the space you can see below that just had an armchair and decorative cases. I really wanted to 1) give that corner of our living more character (mid-century-modern anyone?) and 2)have more storage to be used as a bar/wine cellar.

reading nook before

So did I succeeded creating a cosy space with decent storage? Well you tell me! 🙂

My first priority was to balance the proportions of this corner as one side has a double-height wall and the other is a half-height wall. I therefore looked for a piece of art that would look big enough on the tallest wall and colour-coordinate with the furniture against the second wall.

Living room reading nook interior design

The poster is from King & McGaw, it is a quote from Andy Warhol – “I never read, I just look at pictures.”. I went for the 3 cm black satin flat frame. This online art shop is absolutely fantastic and I have since order a few other pieces from them. The quality of the print and frame is great and the delivery super fast!

For the furniture I have been faithful to my love for affordable mid-century modern.

Living room reading nook interior design

The bookcase and the armchair are both from Ikea.

In order to not come across as alcoholics, I styled the shelves with a mixture of wine bottles, books and spirits.

Living room reading nook interior design

I got the the wine racks add-ons from Ikea as well.

Living room reading nook interior design

I styled the top of the bookcase with little figurines I got over the years in different countries. The horse is from Sweden, the turkey from Brazil and the elephant from Thailand. I also added some of my favourite coffee books and a Moroccan inspired candle.

Living room reading nook interior design

Living room reading nook interior design

For the table lamp, I wanted height and texture, so it would overlap with the height of the wall and pop against the grey wall. I fairly quickly figured out that concrete was the texture I wanted, and found this little gem at Oliver Bonas. The shade has a hint of green in it which at first I wasn’t too sure about, but I learned to love it.

SLiving room reading nook interior designSLiving room reading nook interior design

I completed the space with a side table. I think this is what really bring the cosiness and make it into a well-definedspace. These two little marble and copper tables are from Oliver Bonas too! (I could live in that shop…)

Living room reading nook interior designLiving room reading nook interior design

I styled them with a couple of books and the only plant I cannot kill. The pot is from Oliver Bonas too (old collection)!!! Do you think there is such a thing as Oliver Bonas addiction?

Living room reading nook interior designLiving room reading nook interior design

Finally, I left on the armchair a sheepskin from Ikea and a cushion bought in Debenhams (old collection).

Living room reading nook interior design

So what do you think of my reading corner/liquor store?


Room Inspiration – Reading Nook

The main challenge with new builds in England is the absence of storage and the main challenge with our living-space in the new house is the absence of walls. As you can see on the picture below it is completely open plan with double-height ceilings.

reading nook before

I therefore needed to create in this space a wine-cellar/bar-cart/book-storage, while still making it stylish and cosy with the double-height ceiling… Challenge accepted!

But before I show you how I created a cosy library-liquor-store area, have a look at the pictures I used for inspiration (thank you Pinterest!)

reading nook inspiration interior design
reading nook inspiration interior design
reading nook inspiration interior design
reading nook inspiration interior design
reading nook inspiration interior design

Find out how the reading nook turned up here!

Join me on Instagram!


Nothing like a good book and a day in the park!

England – 2011