Here at Elms, we’re all about self-improvement, positive thinking, vision boards… really anything to do with personal growth. However, becoming a better person often requires some inspiration and some guidance!
We believe there’s nothing quite like a stack of beautiful books to help you along your path to wellbeing. What’s better than curling up on the couch with a coffee or tea and leafing through glossy pages filled with eye-catching photographs and well-crafted words? Beyond being a treasure trove of inspiration and insight, when styled right, they can easily elevate your décor while offering guests a glimpse into your interests and personality – making them a perfect addition to any home.
Whether you’re looking to step up your game in the kitchen, learn about other cultures, or find your purpose, we’ve sifted through the shelves and pulled out our six favourite wellbeing books for the year ahead. Check out the list of below for reads that will surely breathe new life into you and your home in 2019.
Root to Bloom by Mat Pember and Jocelyn Cross
Root to Bloom equips readers with the knowledge and tools to grow, eat and celebrate every edible part of the plant. The book explores the lesser-used parts of a plant that are often snubbed in favour of the produce we’ve come to expect. It includes a comprehensive rundown of 35 edible plants, educating people about ideal growing conditions, the nutrition level of the parts, as well as activities on how to prepare/preserve them for eating – with recipes. It also includes six breakout chapters on topics such as medicinal, skin care, foraging and preserving flowers.
The Book of Ikagai by Caroline de Surany
Ikigai is a Japanese term that can be translated, simply, as reason for being, and many people across the world believe that finding your own personal ikigai is the secret to a long and happy life. The Book of Ikigai is divided into 12 chapters, one for each week. By the time you have finished this book, you will be empowered to understand your own values what makes you feel connected; what makes you feel love; what gives you a sense of place in the world and move towards a way of life that will bring you peace of mind and lasting joy.
This is the story of a family wanting to live a simpler life and a farm built with the involvement of the local community. The Farm at Byron Bay has since become a diverse community of its own, made up of organic growers, chefs, bakers – all connected by the common values of simplicity, sustainability, and farm-fresh food. This book is for anyone who craves connection: connection with where food comes from and connection with community. Alongside tales of the people who have helped to make The Farm what it is today, you will find simple steps to living more sustainably, whether in the city, the suburbs or the countryside.
Hearty and healthy salad recipes inspired by neighborhoods across the globe. No matter where you live in the world, it is the daily rituals of food that bind and connect us. Neighborhood is a must-have collection of show-stopping yet simple vegetable-packed recipes, delivered against a backdrop of charming stories of food, family, and friendship. These delicious main-meal salads are filled with exciting flavors from around the world, journeying from Brooklyn to the greater Americas, the Mediterranean, Asia, France, Australia, and many other neighborhoods.
Well Being by Danielle Copperman
When Danielle was struggling with low energy and stress, she began to search for ways in which food, movement and rituals could contribute to her physical and mental health. Well Being is divided into time-specific sections to take you through the day from morning to evening, with each section outlining suggested practices, rituals and recipes for specific feelings, moods and situations. With tips on food and mindful living, Danielle guides you through simple practices and offers delicious recipes. This is a comprehensive handbook to guide you through everyday life with a little more serenity.
Hygge & West Home is a unique exploration of décor and hygge. The book answers the question of how to create a home filled with natural elements, spaces for family and friends, bits of coziness, and special charms. Showcasing a variety of home styles and sizes, belonging to creatives from a range of fields, the book offers readers inspiration for creating a meaningful, cozy, and comfortable home anywhere.