First blog of 15 INSPIRING DESIGN BOOKS:
Hope you enjoy this list and are inspired to take a look at these books and be more adventurous in your decorating!
These photos above are from my favorite interior design book of all time, INTERIOR ALCHEMY: SECRETS TO CREATING EXPRESSIVE AMBIENCE by Rebecca Purcell. This phenomenal book was published in 1998 and at one time was selling for up to $400.00! I have seen some lately in new condition for around $80.00 - and up. Maybe that conveys to you what I discovered in 1998 - yes, I still have my original book - Rebecca Purcell is an artist and a genius. She was once visual director for ABC Carpet and Home as well as a catalog stylist forAnthropologie. Impressive chops. In this book she instructs us mere mortals in the secrets of professional interior styling and creating the ambience you want in your own space. Her style may be too moody or cluttered for some tastes but she has a gift for taking all of that uniquestuff and creating a layered look that makes a space original - nothing matchy matchy or carbon copied here! She breaks her book down into decorative styles, including "alienated", "attic" and "expedition" and then teaches us how to achieve it. Everyone I've shown this book to loves it, whether they subscribe to Purcell's style of decorating or not.
THE LATEST OF THE GREATEST:
DOMESTIC ART: Curated Interiors
By Holly Moore, Bob Brinkley, Laurann Claridge
Domestic Art: Curated Interiors captures a mind-set, piques a curiosity to look at things anew, appreciate oddities and revel in uniqueness and personal work. It s a loopy but sublime drawing-room comedy with dandies and soulful poets and style aesthetes ... all lounging, sipping and chattering away in 18th-century chateaux inserted into downtown lofts, whitewashed shotgun houses filled with Twomblys and Rauschenbergs, and dark-as-a-hedgehog tiny Tudors.
The selected houses in this book were pulled from the pages of PaperCity. Roughly a decade of design alchemy and clinking highballs. The editors of this book foraged for both the musty and gutsy and the soaring and sensual, from a 500-square-foot bedsit to a mid-century organic architectural wonder thirty seven glorious projects, from follies to disciplined mansions, from Dominique and John de Menil s International-style house with its interior by the great couturier Charles James to artist Christian Eckart s abandoned 1940s warehouses polished to gleaming architectural wonder. Marvel at a compound of rescued, early-1900s clapboards, and an 1880s German-immigrant cottage. We ve included a 50s masterwork by the great organic architect Bruce Goff, and an industrial space that crackles with own surreal designs, while a chalet-style 1913 bungalow manifests the best bits and pieces of the past. A turn-of-the-century seaside gingerbread is a study in anthropology peppered with good art; an antiquarian aims his cerebral arrows at Louis this and Louis that, then electrifies it all with saturated color; and an 18th-century chateau and an old-world hunting lodge is installed in a downtown loft space. Meanwhile, a stylish gent sips scotch neat in his Scotch Room, watched over by two mounted deer, a pheasant and a wildebeest. Shouldn't everyone have a wildebeest ... and a Scotch Room?
Call it what you will: lavish, loopy, eccentric assemblages, moody modernism. All in all, quite a look at a genre of design we call, simply, inspired.
All book quotes on this post from Amazon.com reviews unless noted otherwise.
DESIGNERS AT HOME: Personal Reflections on Stylish Living
By Rhonda Ric Carman
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 leaders, including Charlotte Moss, Celerie Kemble, Ashley Hicks, Barry Dixon, India Hicks, Vicente Wolf, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Kevin Sharkey, Suzanne Rheinstein, Rose Tarlow, Jay Jeffers, Michelle Nussbaumer, Jan Showers, Alex Papachristidis, Madeline Stuart, Matthew Patrick Smyth, Colette van den Thillart, Malcolm James Kutner, Ken Fulk, Scot Meacham Wood, Bunny Williams and more. These select dwellings range from chic apartments and luxurious estates, to charming country homes.
- Includes more than 300 full color images
- Features ideas and advice on design, entertaining, decorative details, and more
- Offers a glimpse into the personal living spaces of fifty distinctive designers
CHARLOTTE MOSS: A Visual Life: Scrapbooks, Colleges, and Inspirations
The celebrated designer’s latest book, devoted to gleaning design inspiration from the personal scrapbooks and notebooks of great women of style—including her own. Interior designer Charlotte Moss has spent years collecting as well as creating scrapbooks—a pastime both meditative and instructive about her own ideas regarding design and style. In this unique book, Moss brings together her own scrapbooks along with those of notable women, both contemporary and historical, whose flair for style inspires us, including interior designer Elsie de Wolfe and society doyenne Gloria Vanderbilt—all never before published. Organized by theme—home, garden, travel, entertaining, and fashion—each chapter includes examples of Moss’s signature style mingled with excerpts from the scrapbooks of these great women. From the ambassador’s wife and bon vivant Evangeline Bruce, we learn that she preferred accessorizing tabletops with simple florets of broccoli in biscuit tins. And from the iconic Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, we see her notes and menus from the legendary White House dinners she threw. One piece (among many) of sage advice includes perfecting one extraordinary meal and serving it again and again, rather than experimenting endlessly.
By Elizabeth Wilhide
An older book, but a great one!
What is Bohemian style? Bohemian Style is economy-minded but never dull. It’s lively, idiosyncratic, exuberant, attention-getting, and above all, intensely decorative. Bohemians know how to create style on a shoestring, improvise furnishings from cast-offs, and conjure up magic from the mundane.
Bohemian Style is packed with resplendent examples detailing the origins of this innovative style and its influence on design today. This inspirational guide covers the entire history of Bohemian style, from the cooperative endeavors of William Morris and his circle to Augustus John and members of the Bloomsbury Group to the major influences of Picasso, Modigliani, and the Beats.
Bohemian Style provides fantastic alternative paint techniques; one-of-a-kind approaches for walls and flooring; tips for utilizing “found objects” in design; examples of ways to use soft furnishings; and even advice for taking Bohemian style outdoors. Dozens of inspirational color photographs combined with clear, understandable text makes this a never-ending source of ideas for free spirits to tap into, experiment with, and create an exceptional look all their own.
Dozens of innovative, striking ways to create imaginative alternative living spaces.
HABITUALLY CHIC: Creativity at Work
By Heather Clawson
Who were the collectors? They were archdukes and kings—the Emperor Rudolf II was the prince of all collectors—rich merchants and scholars, and their collections ranged from a single crowded room to whole palatial suites. Patrick Mauriès traces the amazing history of these “rooms of wonders” in this ingeniously erudite survey. Not many of the rooms survive, though there are pictorial records, but their contents still exist and are among the treasures of museums all over the world.
DESIGNERS AT HOME: Personal Reflections on Stylish Living by Rhonda Ric Carman