I don’t get a lot of spare time at work to fully review and enjoy books by designers and decorators so I am always thrilled when the warm season rolls around.
One of the great things about simmer is the relaxing afternoons and evenings lounging around thumbing my way through inspiring interior design books.
Heaven’s knows I won’t run out of material – my nightstand is piled high, not to mention the coffee table. These five are on top and get first consideration.
First up, The Perfectly Imperfect Home: How to Decorate and Live Well by Deborah Needleman.
Founding editor in chief of domino magazine Deborah Needleman has seen all kinds of rooms, with all kinds of furnishings. Her conclusion: It’s not hard to create a relaxed, stylish, and comfortable home. Just a few well-considered items can completely change the feel of your space.
Next up is the classic bestselling resource for every American home. Choosing fabrics, cleaning china, keeping the piano in tune, making a good fire, folding a fitted sheet, setting the dining room table, keeping surfaces free of food pathogens, watering plants, removing stains.
Thom Filicia wasn’t looking for another escape from his busy city life. But when visiting New York’s Finger Lakes, a place he loved as a child, he fell madly in love with a fixer-upper. With more than 300 stunning photographs, American Beauty is the story of this house, and an inspiration resource.
And, what could be intriguing than the one by Ronda Rice Carman, founder of the popular lifestyle blog All the Best, takes readers on a guided tour through the houses of renowned designers, who share their thoughts on gracious living and how they bring their professional philosophies home. Designers at Home: Personal Reflections on Stylish Living presents the personal living spaces of fifty distinctive design leader.
Finally, an in-depth look at how to create the perfect American house by Michael S Smith. House and Home is a rare opportunity to experience in great detail the work of this renowned designer. Michael S Smith transformed an ordinary house and its outbuildings into an extraordinary suite of rooms that display the best of this design superstar’s work.
Now the only question I have is … which should I start first? Any suggestions?