"A Tiny Home to Call Your Own: Living Well in Just Right Houses" by Patricia L. Foreman. While downsizing in this economy has turned into more of a necessity than a trend, this book reinforces the idea that turning away from the dreaded McMansion and toward a simpler lifestyle that increases your quality of life while decreasing your square footage and it lists the why's and how's to do it. Read it. I know you'll love it.
"The Small House Book" by Jay Shaffer. After his whirlwind visit to Oprah, Jay Shaffer's book became a bestseller based on his theory that if you are not living in a small home, not only do you compromise your future by wasting your money, but that you compromise the integrity of the earth by increasing your carbon footprint. He is a vocal proponent of the "Eco-Friendly" home. I love this book. I already own it. Its wonderful.
"The Very Small Home"offers a forward by renowned architect, Kengo Kuma, along with detailed tours through a number of small Japanese homes. It provides great photographs and axiometric drawings that show how each house fits together. A purely beautiful book with great eye candy in the form of architecture. It also has some great storage ideas. A must read!
"Creating the Not So Big House: Insights and Ideas for the New American Home" by Sarah Susanka. This book makes me so happy! Sarah Susanka tells it like it is by contrasting the glamorous, glossy-photo house plans of vaulted ceilings and palatial living rooms with the livable, day-to-day pleasure of cozy window seats and comfortable breakfast nooks, and her conclusion is resonating with families across the country: bigger but shoddier isn't better than smaller and well made. Things you and I already know, but it is so wonderful to see it in print and bound and copied.
These books are wonderful go-to guides for small home living. They made me think and look at my lifestyle in a new perspective. I highly recommend them.