Aside from Yoga Bodies (which I cannot recommend enough), the book that I have been anticipating the release of the most this year is undoubtedly Surf Shack: Laid Back Living By The Water. Written by Nina Freudenberger, Surf Shack gives a glimpse into the homes of 22 surfers from all around the world (including the Brooklyn brownstone owned by Gypset writer Julia Chaplin) and truly, I feel like if there was ever a book written JUST for me... this has to be it.
It's funny, I feel like a lot of people who don't grow up by the beach don't really understand the surf culture and how it really changes the way you view life and your surroundings. A lot of surf inspired interiors are so over the top or themey, and I can guarantee you that NONE of them were designed by actual surfers. Surfers (or at least all of the ones I know) are usually very laid back and minimal creatures. They care greatly for the environment and really strive to live in a calming and comfortable space. When you spend your days being surrounded by so much beauty in the water, you can't help but crave it in all other aspects of your life, I know a lot of beach dwellers tend to gravitate towards blues in their own homes (myself most definitely included) and I think it's just because the ocean really gives you an appreciation for just how beautiful a sea of blue can be.
I've found surfers to be some of the most thoughtful and caring people and I'm so happy to a book celebrating this lifestyle. It's nice to see surfers featured that aren't your stereotypical hawaiian shirt wearing burnouts, but rather seeing surfers appreciated for the artistry that is completely unique to this lifestyle. I can only imagine how much inspiration I am going to find in the pages of this book for my Costa house (and for our city home)!!! That's the thing about surfing, once your start doing it, it becomes something that is inside of you. It really doesn't matter if you live in a desert or downtown Manhattan, that feeing and that culture really takes hold and it's impossible to not want to be surrounded by it. Our family and our homes are a testament to that and I can't wait to get a glimpse into the lives of others who live the same way! Xx
all images from Vogue