Books: 3 recipes for romance {it’s not what you think}

Sorry to disappoint should ye be expecting
an eHarmonyesque- too-damn-early-for-Valentine’s
romantic post today.


The recipes here involve wooing your rooms.

See that stenciled wall above, all Swedish and gorgeous-like?

For the design freaky me, it reads ROMANCE.


Colour Recipes for Painted Furniture and More

Recipe No. 1

Ingredients: PAINT.

Embrace the splendor of paint.

 Paint your way to romance?

Hellz yeah.

Look no further than this incredible

collection of projects and inspiration in

Colour Recipes for Painted Furniture and More

by Annie Sloan

(Cico, 2013)


Annie Sloan’s genius was introduced to me
by Maison Decor’s Amy,

and Sloan’s idea of using chalk paint
to dye fabric
is but one stroke of it as they say.

(The chapter on Swedish style is fab!)

Recipe No. 2

Ingredients: Passion for French style.

Mix in some ‘timeless’ and a generous
helping of ‘sophistication.’

The French are masterful at
creating romance, and designer
Carolyn Westbrook

offers inpirational ideas for getting it right in
Through the French Door: 
Romantic Interiors Inspired by Classic French Style.

Westbrook’s style oozes with country charm

in this book featuring her own home titled

Through the French Door:
Romantic Interiors Inspired by Classic French Style

(Cico, 2012).

Recipe No. 3

Ingredients: Admiration for the ‘undecorated.’

Keep it relaxed. Keep it comfy.

Authors Liz Bauwens and Alexandra Campbell

are skilled at whipping up romance

with simple and accessible design in
Country in the City


I am partial to the section in the book
concerning LIGHT AND SPACE,

and one of their eclectic projects

even features a nostalgic Airstream!

Country in the City

by Liz Bauwens and Alexandra Campbell

(Cico, 2013)

 Of course, these recipes are merely the tippy top
of the romantic decor iceberg…

I mean this romantic blogging vixen
didn’t even explore candlelight.

*’candle’ pronounced with her very best overzealous
Target cashier lady accent*

Which means I’ll be cooking up more

romance to share soon…buckle up!

Peace to you right where you are.

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  1. November 16, 2013 / 2:21 pm

    There have been lot of really good books showing their face this year!! I am so happy to learn that Annie Sloan has published a book!! And we know that Carolyn Westbrook is SO talented. I need to familiarize myself with the designers in Country in the City!!
    Thank you for sharing these gorgeous book, sweet Michele.

  2. November 17, 2013 / 1:48 am

    Every image dreamy! Sorry I have been so distant, just had our new baby a week ago and feeling the age this time around… yikes! I hope all is well with you!

    much love,

  3. November 17, 2013 / 8:29 pm

    great choices! annie sloane is dying fabric now? brilliant. i use Kristan Wiigs Target accent a lot…..drat, i am doing now…."at target".

  4. November 17, 2013 / 11:09 pm

    Wonderful Michele. I had no idea that ASCP can be used for fabric!

    The Arts by Karena

  5. November 17, 2013 / 11:38 pm

    I love Anne Sloan Chalk paint!! The Paris Gray is awesome!

  6. November 18, 2013 / 12:47 am

    Great inspirations! I love the "Through the French Door kitchen – it's so charming…


  7. November 18, 2013 / 1:26 pm

    I want every book…..greedy me! Annie Sloan is a genius.

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