We had a busy weekend working on the bath renovation, and we are inching to the finish line! Can’t wait until the dust and these headaches are a distant memories! Last year, a colorful wonder of a design book from Chicago designer Summer Thornton joined my library and energized my spirit when we were freshly moved into our home and overwhelmed with projects. Her book is wildly successful, and today we’ll revisit WONDERLAND and recall the many ways we admire it.
Summer Thornton WONDERLAND: Mad Beauty!
Opening our hearts to mystery and our minds to more wonder? Always a good idea. Can home become an expression of such wonder? Because I wonder what impossibilities are possible as we grow curiouser and curiouser?
Sure hope you are in the mood to wondrously adventure away from design bondage to rendezvous with a rabbit! Because an out of the box, anything but ordinary decorating book has come along so utterly decadent and scrumptious, you’ll want to live in its pages.
Sweet cozy Moses in a nickel bathtub, the bold designs, magical backdrops, and uncommon beauty will inspire you to stretch, to dream!
Meet the Author: SUMMER THORNTON
Chicago-based Summer Thornton’s design work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, House Beautiful and…
Veranda! Featured on the 1stDibbs 50 list and selected by Sotheby’s as one of 20 Interior Designers to Watch, she is truly some kind of wonderful.
What is Her Design Philosophy?
To better understand her work, it helps to be aware of Summer’s refreshing design philosophies. For example,
Instead of worrying about the right way to decorate, DO WHAT YOU THINK IS RIGHT.
Yes! And also:
Forget about any rules and SET YOURSELF FREE TO CREATE.
Amen, sister. At a time in history when so much feels beyond our control, the idea of taking charge is alluring.
After all, as Summer writes:
“It’s your home, you make the rules.”
What is Summer Thornton’s Creative Process Like?
Clearly, it is imaginative!
Her creative interior decorating process involves bold use of color, a surprisingly psychedelic mix of patterns, and unforgettable moments of edgy irreverent whimsy.
In fact, her first book: Wonderland: Adventures in Decorating (Rizzoli, 2022) features so many whimsical moments of Technicolor bliss, you will likely be awakened to WONDER.
This is the type of design book that spoils you. (Spoiled? At 12, I journeyed on a dream vacation with my best friend to Miami where we visited Barry Gibb’s house, went to see the premiere of Saturday Night Fever, and ate pastries every single day without gaining an ounce…life has rarely been as sparkly since. Hahahahaha.)
WONDERLAND is a get-lost-in-disco-glossy-pages-of-over-the-top-design-joy sort of must own volume, kittycats.
Order a copy of WONDERLAND Here.
Peek Inside Summer Thornton’s Book
Expect excess and whimsy!
And rooms dripping with sophistication.
With color stories that will surprise you!
And bespoke details to thrill.
Because life lived to the full means something different to each one of us. Isn’t that a wonder?
I’ll leave you with my favorite message of all from Summer Thornton’s book, and I’d love to hear your response to it!
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Peace to you right where you are.
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Summer Thorton is an amazing designer. I had not heard of this book, I am off to order one. Have a wonderful week Michele.
Your world will be rocked, Elizabeth. What Summer did to her own home is beyond amazing and this is but one of the projects! 🙂
Wonderland, Fairyland, whatever you want to call it… I want to move there!
Yes! It’s where design dreams come true. 🙂