Posts Categorized: Book Club

Book Club + Design + Life + printable / Monday, 27 Mar 2017

Living Danishly: Book Club Questions and Printable

Living Danishly: Book Club Questions and Printable

Every month, in addition to our featured book, we feature an illustrator who creates an original print with a quote from the book and a bookmark, free to download. I was excited for this month’s book, about an English couple’s move to Denmark, because I would get to choose a Danish illustrator.  Sabine Brandt, of Sister Brandt, was one of the first Danish graphic artists I ever came across and I was so thrilled when she said yes! 

Have you enjoyed The Year of Living Danishly? Would you ever make a big transition like this couple and live somewhere new for a year? (Sounds wonderful to me, actually…) Here are a couple of questions and some further reading suggestions for you. Feel free to continue to read along with us, and share your thoughts! Comment on our daily Instagram posts @larsbookclub, which continually highlight a section or quote from the book, along with sharing a lovely picture of Denmark (there are too many to share, really)!

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Book Club + Life / Friday, 3 Mar 2017

March Book Club: The Year of Living Danishly

Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russel for Lars Book Club

As you might recall, I lived in Copenhagen, Denmark for 3 years with my Danish husband. It’s where we met and lived when we first got married. As you might guess, I was pretty interested to hear another take on a foreigner’s experience in Denmark. I’ll have A LOT to talk about! Stay tuned for our mid month check in! 

According to the UN World Happiness Report (yes, that is a thing), and many other surveys, Denmark is the happiest country on earth! What makes Danes so happy? Surely not their location, with those long, dark winters… Is it their infrastructure? Their amazing pastries? All that amazing, minimal Danish designer furniture?? Find out this month as we read The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country. Author and journalist Helen Russell sets out to the find the secret to their famed happiness as she and her husband leave their hectic London life and move to Denmark. Russell chronicles their lives month by month for a year in rural Jutland, learning local customs, traditions, and getting help (or being chastised!) along the way. Russell’s down-to-earth writing style and sense of humor will make you laugh, and we’d love to hear your thoughts as you read, especially if you have lived in or visited Denmark yourself! Follow along on the @larsbookclub Instagram account, and tag your own book photos with #larsbookclub ! Enjoy!

Photo by Anna Killian for The House That Lars Built  |  Lars Book Club is led by Julie Richardson

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Book Club + Design + printable / Thursday, 2 Mar 2017

Dreaming in Cuban printable quote and bookmark

Team Lars just returned from a trip to Cuba! And I can’t wait to share our experiences with you. Going along with the cuban theme, here’s an update on the book we read for #LarsBookClub for February. 

Have you enjoyed Dreaming in Cuban?? Reviews of this book are such polar opposites, so we’re curious to hear what you thought! Have you been to Cuba? Or after reading Dreaming in Cuban, is this intriguing island now in your travel plans? With questions in the back of the book, it was difficult to come up with some new ones, but here are a few. I recommend reading Garcia’s discussion questions and also the interview with her (which sheds LOTS of light on the main female characters) in the back of the book!

For this month’s printable poster and bookmarks, I used photos that I took in Cuba. The trip was endlessly inspiring and I can’t wait to share all the magical photos. One element that really caught my eye were the ornate tile work. There were so many beautiful combinations (including this one that our photographer, Chaunte just so happened to match!). These patterns inspired me to create so many other beautiful things.  Read on →

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Book Club + Life / Friday, 3 Feb 2017

Lars Book Club: Dreaming in Cuban

Lars Book Club: February 2017

We shared our mantra for 2017 with you (see here) so we took our own advice and booked tickets to Cuba! That’s right! Team Lars is going to Cuba at the end of this month! We are anxious to explore the sights, crafts, architecture, and colors of this beautiful island country and look forward to meeting other artists and artisans. We are assembling our itinerary now but we’d love to hear some of your suggestions particularly rad artists and artisans? I’d love to hear them! 

Since the Lars team is headed off to explore Cuba this month, we figured as a book club we’d venture into Cuba too! So for the Lars Book Club: February 2017 we will be reading Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina Garcia. It is a novel about a country led by dreamers and schemers in power for several decades, an impoverished, one-party island run by rationing and government distribution, its starving people fed instead by mystical beliefs and religions. Innovation and enterprise are quashed, and dissenting opinions lead to hard labor, imprisonment, or worse. Garcia introduces us to the life of a Cuban citizen through three generations of women in the del Pino family. Through different points of view, you’ll piece together their histories, discover what they love and despise about their country, whether they support the revolution or not, and how the oppressive political climate has affected their lives. Garcia writes in such beautifully descriptive language, you can almost feel or see what it’s like to live in tropical Cuba!

Follow along with us on our @Larsbookclub Instagram account and show us your pics by sharing to the #LarsBookClub tag. Tell us what you think, ask questions, or share your favorite quotes or happenings in the book!

The Lars Book Club is spear headed by Julie Richardson  |  Photo by Anna Killian  |  Wallpaper by Justina Blakeney for Hygge & West

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Book Club + downloads + printable + Projects / Wednesday, 25 Jan 2017

The Art of the Handwritten Note and printable bookmark

The art of the handwritten note How’s the reading going?? Margaret Shepherd’s book, The Art of the Handwritten Note, may be tiny, but we hope you’ve realized that it’s FULL of helpful tips and advice on the etiquette of handwritten notes. Has it inspired you to start writing more? Have you found some pretty pens and stationery? Personal cards and notes are always a joy to receive in the mail, but as Ovid said, “While writing, the very pleasure gives toil.” We hope this book helps YOU enjoy the writing, giving, and sending aspect of handwritten mail.

And to go along with this month’s book we have guest illustrator, Leah Goren, who created a special illustrated bookmark with a quote from the book that reads “Letters mingle souls” from John Donne. Leah is one of my favorite illustrators and I was so pleased to have her join us this month. You can download the bookmark below!  Read on →

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