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Dec
27
Beach & Boulevard 2022 BOOK CLUB

We are so excited host a BOOK CLUB for 2022!


The theme of the book selection was formed from the books we read in 2021 that helped us make some major life changes, develop new businesses, improve our home, and general guidenace while working through big ideas. You will see a mix of business books, home-making, and design. All things that we are passionate about and have made a big part of our life as dreamers, a husband-wife partnership, real estate agents, home-stagers, and now as shop owners.


HOW IT WILL WORK: If you are interested in joining, we will add you to a Facebook group from Melissa's personal Facebook account. We will have a new book every month - we will divide the book into weeks and every Friday we will host an online discussion. The last SATURDAY morning of each month, we will host an IN-PERSON 1 hour meet up at The Camano Shop to discuss. Your choice how involved you want to be - ok to just join the FB group, just join the meet up, and your choice to do all the books or just the ones that interest you. HOWEVER.... if you join for EVERYTHING, you'll get the most out of it. :)




JANUARY


The One Thing by Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan


The best way to kick off a new year is with a book that will help re-set your mindset. I read this one every year, and every time, I pick up something new from it.


The concept of the book is “what is the one thing I can do that will make everything else easier or unnecessary”.....


“Passion for something leads to disproportionate time practicing or working at it. That time spent eventually translates to skill, and when skill improves, results improve. Better results generally lead to more enjoyment, and more passion and more time is invested. It can be a virtuous cycle all the way to extraordinary results.”



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FEBRUARY


Home Sweet Maison, The French Art of Making a Home by Danielle Postel-Vinay


I have always had a fascination with French culture. When I think about French culture, I think about old-world charm & effortless sophistication. The one time I did visit France, it felt like a dream come true! I read this book last year, honestly because I thought the cover was cute. I didn’t have high expectations - thought it would be a fun read. However, as a stager, the book was fascinating to me! Now as I think about setting up homes, I think about a lot of the ideas in this book - especially as I set up my own.


“Home Sweet Maison takes a room-by-room approach to show how the French view: The Aesthetic: why the objects in your home matter, why minimalism is overrated, and why the French always choose the perfect décor for their salonsThe Practical: how to use mise-en-place, or the French art of organization, in your kitchen, and how to find the right stain-removing potions to create your own French laundryThe Sensual: the way the French employ scent in their home as a personal signatureThe Philosophical: the idea that every room in a French house has a specific purpose, and that the activity in one room should never bleed into the others”



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MARCH


Atomic Habits: An Easy and proven way to build good habits and break bad ones by James Clear



I think this book had an impact on me because it showcases how very small changes (good or bad), over a long period of time, have a huge impact. I am excited to read this for a 2nd time, because last time it was more of a concept for me - I didn’t really take action. This time, I am more open/willing to make changes to build better habits and eliminate bad ones.


“Goals are good for setting a direction, but systems are best for making progress.”



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APRIL


Make Life Beautiful by Syd McGee & Shea McGee


Studio McGee is one of the most influential businesses to me over the past couple of years. I absolutely LOVE their design aesthetic - I easily connected with it as a stager because their style is so universally appealing and still interesting. A part of my job is to make homes appeal to the widest possible audience. When Target added them as a feature Designer, I knew that this was a perfect direction to base our staging style on. I started studying everything they do and was so excited when they landed an TV show AND wrote a book! I’m not usually a “Fan Girl”, but if I had to be - it would be for Studio McGee! Icing on the cake? It’s also a love story between Shea and her husband Syd.


“Our mission has always been about more than creating pretty spaces, and we wrote “Make Life Beautiful,” to share the lessons we’ve learned along the way. The journey hasn’t always been smooth, but as we’ve grown together as partners in business and in life, we’ve learned how to find the bright spots in our everyday.”



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MAY


The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek


This book is about the big picture, the long haul…. This is a leadership book about creating something that ultimately becomes your legacy. It’s a powerful book and I am looking forward to reading it again.


“leaders are not responsible for the results, leaders are responsible for the people who are responsible for the results. And the best way to drive performance in an organization is to create an environment in which information can flow freely, mistakes can be highlighted and help can be offered and received.”



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JUNE



Love the Home you Have by Melissa Michaels


This is a lighter read, and really one of my favorite books! I read it as a younger adult when “setting up a home” was a newer concept. It had a different meaning when I read it after working in the real estate industry. There are so many reasons why people move homes, however, if you’re moving or not, this book offers great perspective. Often people are on the hunt for a “dream house”, but what does that really mean?


“Is the grass really greener on the other side of the fence? No. The grass is greener where you water it.”



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JULY


Building a StoryBrand: Clarify your Message so Customers will Listen by Donald Miller



If you are interested in marketing, this book is very interesting! It’s a very in-depth approach to how you speak to your customers through your marketing. I thought it was very interesting and the concepts were so new to me that I really need to read it again!


“Imagine your customer is a hitchhiker. You pull over to give him a ride, and the one burning question on his mind is simply Where are you going? But as he approaches, you roll down the window and start talking about your mission statement, or how your grandfather built this car with his bare hands, or how your road-trip playlist is all 1980s alternative. This person doesn’t care.”



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AUGUST


The Home Edit by Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin



I was most attracted to this book because of the cover - a beautifully organized pantry - so dreamy right? How did they do this? I just had to read this one (although I still currently do not have a perfectly organized pantry). The authors of this book also have a TV show and they are so fun to watch! Their instagram is very inspiring too!


“Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin believe that every single space has the potential to function and look beautiful at the same time–even the dreaded pantry or bedroom closet. Whether you live in an urban studio or a suburban three bedroom, learning the Home Edit System–a new approach to home organizing by thinking about your things in groupings and how they “flow” through your space–will completely transform the way you live. By editing every room and organizing your things in a functional way (which takes a little time and effort, but is key to a lasting effect), you’ll treasure your home more and save money by not buying what you already have.”



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SEPTEMBER


What got you here, won’t get you there by Marshall Goldsmith and Mark Reiter


This one actually hurts a little, especially if you have already been successful in business or in a corporate job. It makes you look at yourself through the eyes for your assistant for example. Most of the time people who find success quickly keep moving at a pace where they are looking to keep going, however, at some point you have to stop and adjust your strategy or nobody will like you! That’s my report of the book! Some parts of it feel like a slap in the face. I often go back to parts of this book and use elements of it on a daily basis! Probably the most important book I read this year - even though it wasn’t “enjoyable”. Eek!


“A leader who cannot shoulder the blame is not someone we will follow blindly into battle. We instinctively question that individual’s character, dependability, and loyalty to us. And so we hold back on our loyalty to him or her.”



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OCTOBER


The Magnolia Story by Joanna Gaines & Chip Gaines


This one is just a classic! It’s a light read and after the September book, we need a light read! Of course Chip & Janna Gaines are the King and Queen of home remodels and quirky couples. The thing I most relate to in this book is my own insecurities and doubting of my own abilities (like Joanna) and Chips light-hearted warmth and humor (like Gerald), who always pushes her to go after her dreams. What is the worst thing that can happen? Behind every successful person are the cheerleaders who push them to keep going and to stop worrying. This is why I love Chip and Joanna and this book just makes me happy.


“I always thought that the “thriving” would come when everything was perfect, and what I learned is that it’s actually down in the mess that things get good.”



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NOVEMBER / DECEMBER


Little Women by Louisa May Alcott



I combined November/December because I know this is a busy time of the year and I don’t want anyone to be stressed out to complete the book. Little Women is one of my ultimate favorite stories - however - I have actually never read the book. I LOVE the movies tho!


What I love about the story…. I will just mention 2



  1. Being a Woman can look many different ways, and that is OK. This is a pretty modern concept since it was written in 1869.

  2. The movies (the 1994 version and the 2019 version are so just SO PRETTY!). I love the era - the homes, the fashion, and the parties… Everything is gorgeous and I used it as the inspiration for the vibe at the Camano Shop for the Winter Season. Loving the Victorian ruffles and lace, deep colors, and modest silhouettes.


“Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success.”


“I think she is growing up, and so begins to dream dreams, and have hopes and fears and fidgets, without knowing why or being able to explain them.”



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