I can’t decide whether I love or hate interior design books. I love the ideas, but have never managed to actually plan anything in my home. I am I confess a bit of an interior design book junkie, always hopeful that this will be the book that will somehow magically deal with all the clutter.
I avidly read the blurb for a book like Details: A Stylist’s Secrets to Creating Inspired Interiors
She specializes in bringing homes alive through the details – a silvery pillow here, a floral screen there, and plenty of personality everywhere.
Really? A silver pillow and a floral screen? Where would they fit between the dog basket, the abandoned surf board and piles of washing?
I love the sound of Sheer Opulence: Modern Glamour for Today’s Interiors.
Haslam style makes rooms look glamorous and sexy, yet livable, practical and, above all, flattering to their owner and their surroundings.
I am intrigued by the idea of a home being “flattering to the their owner”. I am hopeful that this book will transform my home and help me look thinner and younger at the same time.
Parisian Interiors: Bold, Elegant, Refined is the sort of book that you just ogle, there is no sense in even thinking about emulating any of these interiors. Huge rooms bursting with colour, light and very expensive antiques, even described in the blurb as “havens of perfection”.
Casual Living: No-fuss Style for a Comfortable Home sounds more like my style. Read this book and you can learn about “Country Casual, City Casual and Seaside Casual”. What about Working mother Casual, or Can’t be bothered Casual?
Not wanting to leave out the kids you could try Room for Children: Stylish Spaces for Sleep and Play. The rooms in this book are something else, and you really do wonder if a child has ever set foot inside them. For me this epitomises interior design books. Wonderful to pore over, to marvel at the colour, the design, not to mention the cost, but then to be quietly put aside, and return to the library for some other hopeful customer.
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