One of our goals here at The Whiskey Porch is to provide well curated, high-quality resources to help you on your journey to creating a smaller & simpler life in your Nordic bungalow.
This is my first collection in which I'm going to share some of my all-time favorites, and my focus will be books and publications here.
Let's get started:
American Bungalow Magazine
This is an extremely high quality periodical with a subscription offering (4 publications/year) and the opportunity to purchase back issues individually.
It's a great source for learning about the ins and outs of this architectural style and it's history. The articles are all very well written, and in-depth. The photography is spectacular
It is definitely oriented around the purest concept of the original bungalows, but sometimes features newer builds or remodels with a more modern aesthetic twist.
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by Paul Duschscherer & Douglas Keister
This is a great little (6" x 6") quick read which, in this case, drills down on the bungalow porch as an element of design. There is a whole Bungalow Basics series of books, each focusing on a different aspect of bungalow design. I love these because they are so topic oriented and easy to flip through.
by Jane Powell and Linda Svendsen
Kitchens are almost always at the very top of any remodel project. And unfortunately I've seen a lot people head straight for all the latest and most trendy materials when doing so, even in older homes.
This book is an excellent way to get a true sense of what the original
by Diane Maddex and Alexander Vertikoff
This book is another great option to learn about bungalow hallmarks, and also about a few local and regional flavors around the country.
They present chapters which analyze several elements which are compulsory for almost any true bungalow, including:
- Outside elements
- Inside elements
You can still achieve the look and feel of the older kitchen without forgoing all the modern conveniences and freshness. But you do have to be willing to forgo some of the current trends (that will only look extremely out-dated in just a few years anyhow.)
small house design
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The Not So Big House
by Sarah Susanka
This is actually a broad series of books now, many in soft cover, which began in the late 90's. I love the concepts and attention to detail in providing ideas and solutions.
On the other hand, even when I first read these books about 10 years ago, they already felt (a) fairly dated and (b) very east-coasty to me (is that a word?)
I still have all the books and occasionally will pull them out to help inspire me with a specific challenge I need to solve.
She has a website that isn't very modern looking, but has a ton of great content: www.notsobighouse.com -- it's worth checking out for sure. All of these books are available on Amazon and other bookseller sites currently.
living with the seasons
The Tra Vigne Cookbook - Seasons in the CA Wine Country
by Michael Chiarello
One of the benefits of living a smaller & simpler lifestyle, is that you end up with more time to allow yourself the pleasure of following the rhythms of the earth and the seasons. We call that "living with the seasons."
I have had this book for so many years, and even while many others have come and gone, this one remains one of my absolute favorites.
I can safely say that I have never made a recipe from this book that wasn't anything less than wonderfully fabulous. And often I find myself just pulling it out for inspiration and ideas to help me celebrate the turn of a new season - to help me shift gears and embrace what's new and fresh.
I hope you found this collection of resources useful - thanks for reading. Please let us know what you think.
We will continue to share high quality content that we come across - some of it classics to be cherished, and some of it new and hot off the presses. You'll find these posts under the "New & Noteworthy" category on the blog page.
Cheers and contentment,
Hey there. I'm Miriam ~ and I've been doing this my whole life. It's my passion.
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