Welcome to The Book of Jo!  I am Carla, a blogger, a designer, and a lover of life.  I am equally obsessed with food, decor, and entertaining.

My passion for food justifies my penchant for reading cookbooks like novels.  My obsession with my environment — interior and exterior, mine and yours — inspires me to vigorously seek new ideas, materials, and furnishings.   Entertaining is a natural extension of both and an opportunity to celebrate with those near and dear.  It is then that we can indulge our senses  and embrace the beauty of the moment.

The Book of Jo is my celebration of beautiful, inspired moments.

And here, the requisite bullet list because that is how I think.  Three facts about yours truly:

  • I have three amazing children that leave me wildly humbled and humored daily.  Rather than consider myself a mothering expert, I am more apt to suggest that parenting takes a circus.  I am merely the ringleader of said circus.  Most of the time.
  • I am especially human.  Translation: I feel deeply and am exceedingly empathetic.  To live that way is both a strength and a weakness but I embrace it.  In the spirit of Brene Brown, it is my authenticity and I have no shame.
  • Living is giving.  I live by the creed as offered by John Wesley below.  This is not a religious statement but rather a commitment to serving others that I have made and work to improve daily.

“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.”

― John Wesley

More revelations to come.  In the meantime, I am delighted that you have chosen to join me online.  I would love to hear from you and can be reached via email at carla@thebookofjo.com.

Let’s celebrate.  Life is good.

Carla