I’m a minimalist when it comes to most non-chocolate earthly things, yet color me an excessively endorphin-rich maximalist when we’re talkin’ beautiful design books and cookbooks! Picture books and nonfiction are my soul food, and I have a trio of beautiful new selections on the menu to recommend.
POETRY OF PLACE
AN EYE FOR BEAUTY
Let’s take a peek at the design goodness at the heart of each title.
POETRY OF PLACE: THE NEW ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIORS OF McALPINE is a feast for the senses, with 20 lovely projects, from a lakeside retreat to a Tuscan-style horse farm. The designs and architecture will thrill you, but it’s McAlpine’s poetic, pitch-perfect voice singing the stories of these homes which transported me to an ethereal realm. What to expect…European manor house? Of course. Beach house? Yes. Colonial Revival? In the mix. When was the last time you read every solitary word of a design book? Gamechanger here. Richly lavished with 300 inspiring interior and exterior photographs, POETRY OF PLACE will charm traditional design freaks and aesthetes who prefer their luxury understated and their elegance transcendent.
BETH WEBB: AN EYE FOR BEAUTY is Atlanta based designer Beth Webb’s first book (oh, Beth, let thy beautiful eye create many more!) which features the most sumptuously beautiful and comforting spaces with traditional decor you can imagine. Whether you are a pro, a self-taught interior stylist like moi, or simply a decor enthusiast, you will surely want to devote quality time for study of the sensually fulfilling interiors designed by Webb in this title!
“Every home begins as a blank canvas, a plan, a way and a structure to encapsulate life. Only through its materials, furnishings and details does it become beautiful, comfortable and personal.” ~Beth Webb
RECYCLED HOME (Simon & Schuster, 2017) will be adored by lovers of wabi-sabi and vintage. In graceful ways, it’s a study in the déshabillé beauty of the simple and undone; of the strength of “as found” decor restraint. Mark and Sally Bailey translate their passion for texture and no-fuss living with a uniquely sensible chic, and their latest book showcases a slew of soulful honesty within the rescued, reused, recycled, and repaired.
It’s pouring rain outside as I type this…ready to curl up with a good picture book!?!
Peace to you right where you are.