The Inviting Life: An Inspirational Guide to Homemaking, Hosting and Opening the Door to Happiness — By Laura Calder

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Boo“Laura’s charming book is a soothing antidote to the plugged-in and switched-on chaotic world we find ourselves residing in and reminds us of the simple joy and contentment to be found at home.”

— Sophie Conran

“Laura Calder’s charming voice transforms the idea of making our homes feel more inviting into something that is not only easy and enjoyable but a vital part of our day-to-day happiness.”

Gretchen Rubin, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project and Better Than Before

“Laura Calder’s charm, wit, and advice are truly encapsulated by a single word: inviting. In this book, Laura opens her front door to the reader with a smile, and inspires the confidence in us to do the same.”

— Anna Olson, author of Bake with Anna Olson

“In The Inviting Life, Laura Calder shows us how to live in our spaces like we mean it. Her simple, unpretentious but creative tips and tricks will have you eager to get your next dinner party on the calendar the moment you put it down. A lovely guidebook with an important message: the social life is the meaningful life.”

— Katrina Onstad, author of The Weekend Effect

Far more than a guide to homemaking and being a fine host—although it is definitely all that too The Inviting Life: An Inspirational Guide to Homemaking, Hosting and Opening the Door to Happiness is about how to live each day with a desire and determination to turn the ordinary into something lovely.

It’s also a book about why we should bother. Whether the subject is décor, ambience, shopping, feeding weary travellers, mixing cocktails, planning dinner parties, or getting yourself motivated for spring cleaning, Laura Calder affirms the value of our everyday activities and shows how beauty, creativity, and delight have the power to change the world.

This one-of-a-kind book is both a page-turning narrative about Laura’s own hosting and home-making adventures and an invaluable work of reference.

It’s a spur to ideas for everything from creating a welcoming living space and making a respectable salad, to putting guests at their ease and writing a thank-you note worth receiving.

Written with candour and humour in Laura’s inimitable and engaging voice, The Inviting Life offers empowering guidance for anyone looking to take more pleasure in their life and home.


  • Condition: New, Hardcover
  • Edition: First
  • Published: November 7, 2017
  • Publisher: Appetite by Random House
  • ISBN-13:  9780147530523
  • Pages: 344
  • Dimensions: 5.75" inches X 7.75" inches
  • Rating:★★★★ (See FAQs)


LAURA CALDER was born and raised in Eastern Canada. She is the author of four cookbooks—French Food at Home; Dinner Chez Moi; and French Taste. She is a contributor to The Globe and Mail. She wrote and hosted the internationally-aired series "French Food at Home", which won a James Beard award. After a decade spent in France, Laura now lives and hosts in Toronto.