Designer Desire: John J. Reiss

Mosaic of John J. Reiss book illustrations | H is for Home

I can’t actually remember when or where I first happened across the bold & colourful illustrations of John J. Reiss.

Portrait of John J. Reiss

He’s the author and illustrator of a trio of young children’s books, Numbers, Shapes and Colors. He also illustrated Statistics a young children’s maths book written by Jane Jonas Srivastava.

Although highly regarded, he doesn’t seem to be that well-known outside of his home city of Milwaukee. He worked extensively there designing exhibition catalogues, launch invitations and ads for the city’s Art Center (now Museum).

There is quite a detailed biography of the designer on the museum’s blog, written only last month.

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Simon & Schuster

Bookmarks: Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home children's book by Mia Cassany and illustrated by Paula Blumen | H is for Home

We’ve not written a book review in AGES and this one’s just a little bit different to our usual fare.

Front cover detail of Home Sweet Home children's book by Mia Cassany and illustrated by Paula Blumen | H is for Home

Home Sweet Home is a children’s book – recommended for ages 5+. However, even as adults, we’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading it… and, as regular readers will know, we appreciate and collect iconic children’s books!

Title page of Home Sweet Home children's book by Mia Cassany and illustrated by Paula Blumen | H is for Home

Published earlier this month (October 2017), it was written by Mia Cassany and beautifully illustrated by Paula Blumen.

'Queenie in London' page in Home Sweet Home by Mia Cassany and illustrated by Paula Blumen

Throughout the 40 pages, you’re shown around various interiors & exteriors from around the world – guided by the pets-in-residence.

'Pierre & Papillon in Paris' page in Home Sweet Home by Mia Cassany and illustrated by Paula Blumen

There’s Eva the St Bernard in Iceland, Coco the cat in Brooklyn… there’s even a tortoise named Taiki who lives in Kyoto, Japan!

'Juan in Seville' page in Home Sweet Home by Mia Cassany and illustrated by Paula Blumen

This book is a really fun way for kids (and grown-ups!) to find out about other parts of the world. It teaches facts such as San Francisco is very hilly, Giethoorn in the Netherlands is car-free and that houses in Ibiza are painted white to reflect the light and keep them cool.

'A home isn't a home without a pet!' in Home Sweet Home by Mia Cassany and illustrated by Paula Blumen

It’s a book that warrants plenty of return visits.

'Rex in San Francisco' page in Home Sweet Home by Mia Cassany and illustrated by Paula Blumen

It’s such a charming read…

'Bonaparte in Provence' page in Home Sweet Home by Mia Cassany and illustrated by Paula Blumen

…and the illustrations are full of lovely detail that reveal something new every time you flick through the pages.

'Chang in Hong Kong' page in Home Sweet Home by Mia Cassany and illustrated by Paula Blumen

This book is a fantastic Christmas or birthday present for any pet-loving, budding interior decorator!

'Drago in Capri' page in Home Sweet Home by Mia Cassany and illustrated by Paula Blumen

Home Sweet Home is available from the publishers in UK/Europe & US/Canada and from Amazon, The Book Depository and Waterstones.

[Many thanks to Ellen at Frances Lincoln Children’s Books for the review copy]

Bundle of books giveaway

Bundle of books offered as a competition prize | H is for Home

We’ve got an H is for Home give-away for the month February. It’s been a bit grey, misty and chilly of late – just the weather for hunkering down indoors with a good book. So, we decided to put together a small bundle of books as a competition prize. They’ll be of particular interest to lovers of vintage and home interiors.

Animation of books being given away in H is for Home's February 2017 competition

The books have been sent to us by various authors and publishers to read & review, which we’ve done over recent months and years in our Bookmarks series. There are five books in total, they’ve been well looked after and are all in excellent condition.

You can have a sneek peek of the books we’re offering in the photos and links to the reviews below.

To win the bundle of books, let us know in the comments section at the end of the post how you found out about this competition.

page from The Homemade Home book | H is for Home page from The Homemade Home book | H is for Home
The Homemade Home

page from 'Design Bloggers at Home' book | H is for Home page from 'Design Bloggers at Home' book | H is for Home
Design Bloggers at Home

Page from 'Flea Market Chic' book | H is for Home Page from 'Flea Market Chic' book | H is for Home
Flea Market Chic

Page from 'The Comforts of Home' | H is for Home Page from 'The Comforts of Home' | H is for Home
The Comforts of Home

Collection of interiors books offered as a competition prize | H is for Home

Hopefully, the lucky winner will be able to light the fire, curl up a comfy chair, grab a glass of wine or hot cup of tea… and allow themselves a few moments to browse these lovely books. They should last a few sittings. Good luck!

Bundle of books

Shared on: Superluckyme | The Prizefinder | Loquax



Price Points: Book bags

Book bags made to look like book covers

What’s your favourite book? Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction? Whatever your chosen reading may be, these book bags are perfect for toting it around… along with your keys, phone, purse, tissues, lipstick – whatever!

Back in the day, when I used to have a daily rail commute (and before mobile phones were so ubiquitous), I used to read books voraciously. I read Lord of the Rings entirely on the Todmorden ↔ Manchester train. I was also addicted to crime fiction, long before the advent of Scandi Noir.

Unfortunately, I never seem to find that kind of time any longer – more’s the pity. I think one of these book bags would certainly get me back into turning those pages!

  1. Book handbags and clutch bags by The Literary Gift Company: £30, Notonthehighstreet
  2. To Kill A Mockingbird leather book bag: from £143, Etsy
  3. Dolce & Gabbana book padlock top handle bag : £4,750, Harrods

Christmas gifts of the day: Foodie books

Newly published foodie books | H is for Home

Here’s the first of our 2016 Christmas Countdown gift guides. We’ve researched newly published foodie books and made a short-list of ones that any epicurean would gladly unwrap on Christmas morning!

Get their look: Book-filled sitting room

Book-filled sitting room | H is for Homecredit

You just want to stroll across this book-filled sitting room, make a bee-line for the shelves and start browsing through the titles. Seeing the selection of books people have on their shelves can tell you so much about them. You’ll very quickly be able to tell if you have any interests in common.

Our sitting room shelves are full of non-fiction – cookery books; books on art, architecture and design; interspersed with bits of colourful vintage pottery and enamelware.

  1. Vitsoe 606 universal shelving system
  2. Karina armchair
  3. 70cm Extra large oversize grey fabric drum lampshade
  4. ‘Gedy’ round bevelled mirror
  5. Mustard velvet cotton pillow cover
  6. Fired Earth ‘Platinum Pale’ matt emulsion

Get their look: Book-filled sitting room | H is for Home