Curl Up With Exceptional Design Books This Autumn!

Here in the heartland, we honor the season of autumn with deep reverence. It’s fleeting, colorful, and the picture of transformation. At this very moment, a majestic maple in our front yard is bursting with the colors of a sunset. Rosy pink hydrangea are turning nude. Branches dripping with red berries are deliciously awaiting winged friends to land. Squirrels chase and have exceedingly more fun than all other woodland creatures. Exceptional Design Books This Autumn invites you to curl up to a quiet afternoon escape at home with soothing ingredients.

Cozy Copenhagen egg chair with Belgian linen upholstery in a bedroom with grisaille wall mural - Hello Lovely Studio.
This spare bedroom in our former home was a getaway to read, dream, and sometimes write – Hello Lovely Studio

Curl Up With Exceptional Design Books This Autumn!

What a privilege to witness autumn beauty today from our new home and reflect on where we were this time last year. Days are growing shorter, and the weather this weekend is more soothingly mild and sunny than I can say. In fact, this is the sort of weather residents are willing to earn by braving polar vortex winters and blustery springs.

I rarely showed you our former patio. It was mostly a beautiful party of crispy leaves, windblown branches, and cracked open black walnuts, courtesy of my beloved squirrels.

Yellow fallen leaves on my patio with vintage dining set - Hello Lovely Studio.
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If I thought we were visited frequently by wild turkey at the old house, they are a fixture here at the new one! I am more than okay that I now have a deck and am not startled by racoons peeking into our patio door! Still, I miss stare-downs with my owl in our old woods, and though we have deer traipsing about daily, I don’t see many foxes, which was always a thrill.

Design Books to Discover & Cozy Ingredients

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This time last year, I was a nominee for Best Written Blog at the Amara Interior Blog Awards, and the virtual ceremony was such a crazy experience!

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Can you even fathom the awkwardness of hanging out in a virtual green room with anxious fellow nominees?

Here’s what I wore last year:

Yes I did wear my pink tutu (with pantyhose!) for the Zoom because international blog awards are serious business, doncha know.

Fine.

No one seemed to notice the ruffled capelet; not a solitary soul cared about the tutu, and maybe it was not all that serious…

unless you’re a design lover.

Which brings me to our topic: cozy autumn day ingredients and delicious design books.

In particular, THREE AMAZING design books from VENDOME.

Treat Yourself to Three Exceptional Interior Design Books

LIVING WELL BY DESIGN by Melissa Penfold on my Belgian linen egg chair - Hello Lovely Studio.
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1. LIVING WELL BY DESIGN (Vendome, 2021) by Melissa Penfold

This unbelievably valuable resource book for design is gold. If you have visited Penfold’s exquisite blog, then you may already understand.

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Hello Lovely Studio – see my story about the mural above in THIS STORY.

Each article sings with rich interior design wisdom, actionable tips, and keenly-researched analysis from a seasoned expert in style.

LIVING WELL BY DESIGN Melissa Penfold book on my cozy egg chair with animal print throw - Hello Lovely Studio

So try to imagine the glorious awe of an entire book dedicated to living well. Dedicated to help you learn to train your eye, get things right the first time, and slide by with less but better.

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Sweet cozy Moses, NO in FULL CAPS, you cannot borrow my copy. Not ever.

Cozy Copenhagen egg chair with Belgian linen upholstery in a bedroom with grisaille wall mural - Hello Lovely Studio.

Are you (1) human breathing alive (I see no intelligent reason to exclude extraterrestrials or the spirit world) and (2) abiding within shelter?

ORDER MELISSA PENFOLD’S BOOK IMMEDIATELY.

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2. CASA CABANA (Vendome, 2021) by Martina Mondadori

Any design lovers out there who subscribe to Cabana magazine?

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It’s something so special, and the magazine’s mood like no other. Here’s how they describe it:

CASA CABANA by Martina Mondadori.

“Whether it be a palazzo, a flat, a folly or a hut, the Cabana mood is an appreciation of the sensory and experiential characteristics of interiors.”

CASA CABANA by Martina Mondadori.

Oh, this fabric-covered work of art of a book! You’ll want to devour the delicious colors in photographs, and the unique tablescapes are destined to inspire designers and homeowners alike.

CASA CABANA by Martina Mondadori.

Prepare for a sensual feast!

CASA CABANA by Martina Mondadori.

Luxuriate in photographs and essays offered in a gracious spirit of abundant joy, of cultured style.

CASA CABANA by Martina Mondadori.

There’s simply nothing else quite like Mondadori’s vivid volume of inspiration to nourish your imagination, to satisfy appetites for decorating, travel, and Italian food.

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Hello Lovely Studio – BTW, I will never tire of rustic trattoria fare, and it’s my favorite to serve on Friday nights at Casa Michele.

3. NEW YORK INTERIORS (Vendome, 2021) by Simon Upton

Is this sunshine-hued book by the brilliant Simon Upton likely going to appear as a visual statement on a whole lotta stylish cocktail ottomans across planet earth?

*shakes Magic8Ball*

Signs point to YES.

NEW YORK INTERIORS Simon Upton book on my kitchen table - Hello Lovely Studio
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And just wait til a curious design lover pops it open for a peek inside!

NEW YORK INTERIORS Simon Upton book on my kitchen table - Hello Lovely Studio

Explore the breathtaking homes of 29 New York City tastemakers, all of whom found friendship with the author, a renowned interiors photographer.

NEW YORK INTERIORS Simon Upton book on my kitchen table - Hello Lovely Studio

Expect nothing less than chic von chic City and Getaway interiors intimately captured by Upton’s artful lens.

NEW YORK INTERIORS Simon Upton book on my kitchen table - Hello Lovely Studio

Let yourself be surprised by the diversity inside New York Interiors as you slip into a relaxing autumn design trance.

(And go ahead and procrastinate a little if, like me, you need a break from renovation chores, gardening, and assorted daily chaos…treat yourself to a pocket of cozy time.)

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These May Help the Reading Experience!

Psst. I highly recommend the Warby Parker prescription reading glasses I mentioned above along with the orange-scented-love-aroma of Diptyque’s Pomander candle as your companions to these exceptional new design titles.

White pumpkin, pointe shoes, and Rose on a rush seat vintage chair - Hello Lovely Studio.

This was my view last year from the window at my desk in the bedroom:

Yellow fallen leaves on my patio with vintage dining set - Hello Lovely Studio.
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Just right for a fairy! Speaking of fairies, if you have a moment to be soothed and moved – listen to the wisdom and calming assurance here:

Wishing you extra stolen moments this autumn to notice that Eden is right beneath our noses. To be okay, truly okay, with feeling good and doing kind things for yourself in spite of the suffering all around.

May you seek beauty in books and nature and the relationships you hold dear. May the overflow of beauty sweeten your interior landscape, soften your heart, and manifest blessing.

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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White Slipcovered Sofa
French Stripe Seagrass Basket Set
29″ Whitewashed Table Lamp Set of 2
White Matelasse Quilt on MY BED
THE BEST Energy Bars!
Trees White Wallpaper Mural
Round Farmhouse Table
Myla Slipcover Sofa
Deconstructed Wingback Bed
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Slipcovered Dining Chair
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Parisian Style Iron Table Lamp  33.5″
Black or Bronze Accent Table
French Stripe Basket Set
White Cotton Crochet Bed Skirt
French Country Rattan Basket Set
Marble Subway Mosaic Tile
Rattan Basket With Lid
White Ruffle Bedding
Seagrass Basket Set
Schumacher Wild Things Wallpaper
Slipcovered Sofa
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp Set
White Matelasse Quilt
Tree Mural Wallpaper
Faux Potted French Lavender
Shaw Daybed
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Round French Tufted Ottoman
Kinston Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Slipcovered Linen Chair
Warner Upholstered Bench
Rustic Country French Dresser
Laurel Wreath Mirror
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
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Louis Upholstered Bench
Pardon My French Doormat
Stripe Turkish Towel Throw
Pamela Arm Chair
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Rattan Armchair
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Wicker Trunk Set
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
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Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Belgian Linen Sofa
White Duvet & Bedding
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Concrete Pillar Table Lamp
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Kendall Skirted Dining Chair
White Charleston Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
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