lovely, Lonny, just lovely…

Lonny magazine is one of my favorite online haunts. I can be found most days lurking on their website, pouring over the pages of each new issue. I was particularly inspired to see all the wonderful shots of fabulous design ideas yesterday. So it’s time to share the love…

I really like everything about this room. The wall color is so soothing and the headboard’s fabulous tongue-in-cheek upholstery gives such a fabulous pop of color. When you get tired of it, you can change it up easily ’cause the room is so neutral.

This bedroom has such a refreshing combination of really bold colors and patterns–nothing’s too heavy and serious. Again, it works because of the neutral white background, and because orange and turquoise are such a power couple! You do realize that I’m making this all up as I go along! I have no formal training–just a good eye for design (at least I think so, but if you saw my own home, you’d shudder)!

Isn’t that a fabulous bookshelf? I’ve got to find some ceramic busts for Nicole Jane Home ’cause I just love how it looks! And look at the ikat dish up on the top shelf–it’s a hot pattern right now. So it the red bamboo & zebra print chair! Someone took a lot of time and care setting up this display–I dare you to take down a book to read it!

And just because I’m heading for my book club tonight, I thought I’d throw in this cozy reading corner with the enviable collection of books! I should be draped over this chaise eating grapes and drinking wine whilst reading a steamy bodice ripper!

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couldn't put it down…

photo courtesy of Metropolitan Hom

Time for the book review on Michael Lassell‘s Metroplitan Home Glamour: Making it Modern. I LOVE it! I don’t think I’ll ever be “finished” this book. I’ll probably grab it every time I sit in my living room with a cup of coffee, and I’ll drool over the pages again and again.

photo courtesy of Metropolitan Home

Lassell does a wonderful job of discussing the concept of glamour and all the design elements that shape it. In my opinio, the most important point he makes it that price does not determine glamour–just because you spend $10,000 on a new couch doesn’t mean you’ll end up with a glamorous room (Betcha I could. Quick…somebody gimmee $10K!). He quotes many designers who share their ideas on glamour. I particularly liked Johnathan Adler‘s advice, “A room must have wit to be glamorous. Any design that seems over-considered or over-serious ain’t glamorous.”

photo courtesy of Metropolitan Home

This book made me open my mind to the possibilities of glamour. It’s not about designing rooms that are too-beautiful-to-sit-down-in. There are probably six billion ways to achieve glamour, but there seems to be a common thread in Lassell’s book…each room takes your breath away for a a second or two. As Adler says, there is “wit”,something unexpected in glamorous room.

A good example is the bathroom with an ebony-paneled bathtub and vanity combined with an upholstered chair, normally associated with living rooms. There’s a stunning ornate ruby-red Murano-glass chandelier and stylized words of inspiration painted on the putty-grey walls of a traditional Craftsman bungalow–unexpected. Or what about a massive mirrored four-poster bed with an orange laquered bedside table–catching my breath just thinking about it.

photo courtesy of Metropolitan Home

I give Glamour: Making it Modern a big thumbs up. Trust me, it might be dog-eared, but you’ll still enjoy it ten years from now.

the verdict is in…

I peeled open my Amazon package in glee last week. Inside were the two books that I mentioned in an earlier post–The Well-Dressed Home & Glamour Making It Modern. I have wanted to read them for a while now, and I finally found some time!

I am really enjoying The Well-Dressed Home, by Annette Tatum. It’s full of eye-candy photos and wonderful inspiration boards. Annette takes a unique approach to interior design by encouraging people to look in their own closets for inspiration. She recommends going well beyond “the box” to define your personal design style. Look at your clothes, your accessories, fashion shows, music, etc.

If you’re the kind of person who loves to pull on some old jeans and a white t-shirt, you’re probably happiest in a casual decor. If you love to wear cashmere and silk, Annette would probably recommend a formal gilded damask theme for your home. Likewise, if you love the hottest clothing designers, you’re probably someone who should be shopping at EQ3 for that “it” chair.

The whole idea is to pin down your personal style, whether it’s clothing or home decor. I’m not finished the book yet, but I’m looking forward to seeing how she brings it altogether and helps me figure my style.

I give this book a thumbs up. The cover itself is worth the price! I love just seeing it on my coffee table every time I walk into the living room. Gotta love gold and turquoise!

The Well-Dressed Room

The Well-Dressed home

The Well-Dressed Home

Sunday inspiration…

Today I spent some time reading “Apartment Therapy presents: real homes, real people, hundreds of real design solutions“. True to its title, the book offers a collection of wildly varied “real” apartment designs, including beds that might be described as slightly messy (love real people). Even if you don’t live in an apartment, the book provides some very creative decorating ideas.

There are some pretty “out there” ideas, including a wall covered in sticky notes (disastrous in a home with dogs and children), but it’s full of resource information (mostly U.S.) and great design tips. Each of the apartment dwellers answers a set of questions, including their biggest embarassment. It’s a relief to know everybody has an embarassing room. Mine is my laundry room–let’s just say we’re a family of accomplished mountain climbers.

If you prefer classic designs, this book may not appeal to you–the designs are rather eclectic. This is exactly the kind of book I would have loved when I was just starting out on my own. I really disliked a few of the apartments, but overall, I enjoyed seeing how creative some people are–who knew a piece of an airplane’s fuselage could look so good on a living room wall–seriously.

design book club…

There’s just something so pleasurable about ordering books online. It’s a little leap of faith, but who cares…a little package is going to arrive at your door with your name on it! I just ordered two books that I have been looking forward to reading, and I think you’ll like them too. I’ll keep you posted on my progress and what I think about them. If you know about any other great design reads, please share.

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