Interior design: A love/hate relationship

CoverI 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?

CoverNot 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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10 thoughts on “Interior design: A love/hate relationship

  1. ferozabiz 11 February 2011 / 10:25 am

    I quite agree with your post and desperately need to read the book that can make my house flatter me. I can then ask my husband,
    ‘does my bum look big in this lounge.?’ Also I think you might be onto a winner with the ‘Cant be Bothered’ design chic. It would be a huge seller. Still, I love the books.

    • jane 11 February 2011 / 11:20 am

      The answer will of course be “no darling you look opulant, bold elegant and refined”! Glad you love the books.

  2. Donna 11 February 2011 / 11:57 am

    I call it ‘interior pron’, it is my new favourite thing. Especially when the designer is unspeakably glamorous and swans around in Galliano and such, posing against the gorgeous design. If this sounds up your alley, Kelly Wearstler is your girl.

    • jane 11 February 2011 / 3:11 pm

      Yes she has quite an image. I bet her home is flattering, sexy and opulant without a dog hair or mushed banana sandwich in sight!

  3. Krypton 11 February 2011 / 3:50 pm

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts. It’s really kinda creepy when all you want is to be an interior designer yourself, get advice from those people or maybe read those books, but again, there’s this thinking of ‘huh?! how come those match?’ lol

  4. cloudy5 11 February 2011 / 5:00 pm

    My style would be ‘well I tried about three years ago when I moved in and put a couple of paintings up, but it all went downhill from there on’, and is now VERY casual non-chic, think super-clutter mixed with mess…mmm, yes mess sums it all up really!

  5. Marion 14 February 2011 / 9:18 am

    Mmmm – I’m a sucker too. Still hoping something will rub off. How about going online too. Douglas Lloyd Jenkins has left modernism behind and has a blog called Decor Extremis
    Worth a look

  6. robyn stewart 14 February 2011 / 6:41 pm

    Oh I am so glad there are others out there. I’m torn between interior porn and the how to get rid of clutter impossible dream books. So what I want to do is buy more stuff but then be really organised with it.

  7. Interior Design Christchurch 22 September 2011 / 12:09 am

    Relating relationship to an interior design is an awesome idea! I think somehow the likes of interior design reflects the relationship you had.

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