Book Club,  Living

books & podcasts to help you live more simply & intentionally

Delving deeper than just decluttering—armed with these resources, you’ll have all you need to help slow down, live more intentionally and celebrate the things you truly value. In the words of Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, the masters of minimalism (more on these two below), “Minimalists don’t focus on having less, less, less. We focus on making room for more: more time, more passion, more creativity, more experiences, more contribution, more contentment, more freedom. Clearing the clutter from life’s path helps make that room.”

the minimalist podcast

Meet Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus—reigning as the most authoritative duo when it comes to modern day minimalism. In addition to their blog, books and films, these guys have a chart-topping accompanying podcast. They spark thought provoking ideas about living a minimalist life with less on a variety of topics including relationships, home, the workplace, self-care and travel. With a touch of humour and satire, their compelling discussions and creative approach to podcasting makes this a must listen for everyone.

the slow home podcast

For those of you that are living in the fast lane but looking for ways to slow down, simplify and focus on the things that are truly important, this podcast will be a breath of fresh air. Listeners can enjoy Brooke McAlary chat to others who have who have adopted this approach to life. Listen in to learn what makes people change, their advice, and the ways in which life is different once you opt to slow down.

the Kinfolk Home: interiors for slow living by nathan williams

The Kinfolk Home not only welcomes you into the homes of designers, entrepreneurs, architects, photographers and stylists from around the world, but also shares each dwellers values and how these have shaped their homes through captivating photography, profiles and insightful essays. There are homes that cultivate intimacy and community, homes that simplify lives and homes that have slow, intentional living at their heart. From the Panama jungle to London, these creatives all make room for the things that bring them the most pleasure and happiness.

axel vervoordt: wabi inspirations

Within these pages, interior designer Axel Vervoordt—arguably one of the world’s most influential tastemakers—shares his interiors inspired by wabi-sabi philosophies. He’s created unique and remarkable atmospheres by exploring the principles of this Japanese concept: modesty, simplicity, authenticity and the beauty of imperfection. Vervoordt’s use of time-worn objects and rejection of the artificial shows how you can create the calmest, most peaceful and beautiful spaces by using natural materials in their purest form. A coffee table book at its finest.

wabi sabi welcome

Wabi Sabi Welcome applies the Japanese principles of wabi-sabi to modern day entertaining, celebrating the beauty of natural imperfection in our homes and lives. A wonderfully calming and inspiring read, this lush manual provides insights on the art of small gatherings and how to entertain with thoughtfulness, humility and ease. Including recipes and décor from around the world, you’ll find ideas on how to host guests in a way that will make them ‘feel a genuine sense of warmth, comfort, and ease’.

the kinfolk table

Bursting with beautiful photography, profiles and recipes from chefs, home cooks, designers, bloggers, photographers and others from around the world, The Kinfolk Table offers ‘an alternative idea of entertaining—casual, intentional, and meaningful.’ Featuring recipes for every occasion and time of day, from refreshingly simple to those that will take a little more patience, each celebrates the beauty of understated entertaining, sharing a good meal with friends and taking a pause from the speed of modern life. We’re sure this will inspire your next gathering.

this is home

This beautiful book offers practical advice and inspiration on creating original, authentic, inviting and considered interiors that will suit your needs and enhance your everyday. To discover whether there is some universality to what makes us happy in the spaces we inhabit, interior designer and writer Natalie Walton steps inside homes from around the world. Natalie’s writing is perfectly balanced with photos of these fifteen atmospheric homes and interviews with the people who made them.

simple matters by erin boyle

To anyone looking for a simple, introductory guide on decluttering, organising, conscious consumption and living with less, this is your go-to. Simple matters by Erin Boyle offers gentle, practical guidance. Think Marie Kondo meets New York. Full of personal insights, inspiring projects and helpful advice, she champions the notion that living purposefully, sustainably and with less leaves us ‘ending up with more: more free time, more time with loved ones, more savings, and more things of beauty’.

An interesting author.