Design Book: The Pretty and Proper Living Room



Oh my goodness… Are we ever crazy about design books! So we were so excited when Holly Holden contacted us to review her new book The Pretty and Proper Living Room. The hot pink cover is a great first start! Because who can ever have enough pink? We know we can’t!


 Since we’re a mother/daughter team, we especially love the premise of this book: Holly originally compiled all her fabulous advice from more than 25 years of classic design experience to teach her daughter how to decorate her first “Big Girl House.” Don’t you just love that? So now we all get to reap the benefits of Holly’s fabulous advice!  (more…)

Tabletop Tuesday: Room For Children

Of all the rooms in a house to decorate, a nursery or child’s room can be both the most fun and the most difficult. Creating a room that looks like a child, but is mature enough to grow with them, is age-appropriate but still jives with the decor of the rest of your home and has furniture that is both usable and chic can be nothing short of exhausting. Sure, you could just order a pre-matched set from Pottery Barn Baby and call it a day, but what fun would that be? When it comes to designing a baby’s room that is both functional and fabulous, Susanna Salk walks the walk. In her book Room for Children: Stylish Spaces for Sleep and Play, Salk displays a bevy of photographs that are bound to inspire. Check out these beautiful examples of what’s inside.

Tabletop Tuesday: Suzanne Kasler Inspired Interiors

suzanne kasler

With a design aesthetic that’s always chic and never stuffy or overdone, Suzanne Kasler is one of our favorite designers. (Plus, it doesn’t hurt that she’s a Southerner!) Her book, Inspired Interiors showcases a Georgian mansion, a Tennessee farmhouse and a Florida beach house, offering a wealth of ideas and, well, inspiration, no matter what project you’re tackling. Here is a glimpse inside at some of the beautiful rooms Kasler features in her book.
Tabletop Tuesday: Suzanne Kasler Inspired Interiors

Tabletop Tuesday: Suzanne Kasler Inspired Interiors

Tabletop Tuesday: Suzanne Kasler Inspired Interiors

Tabletop Tuesday Suzanne Kasler Inspired Interiors

Tabletop Tuesday: Charlotte Moss: A Flair For Living

Charlotte Moss A Flair For Living[

When it comes to coffee table books, there are few that we love more that Charlotte Moss: A Flair For Living. Not only is it a HUGE book that makes a statement wherever you place it, it is packed with inspiration from one of the country’s finest designers. Here are a couple of the beautiful pictures from the interior.

Charlotte Moss

There’s nothing we love more than a room full of beautiful books. And check out those fabulous sconces.

Charlotte Moss

Who wouldn’t love sleeping under such a decadent canopy?

 Charlotte Moss

We are obsessed with these light fixtures. It’s like this room was made for Thanksgiving dinners.

Charlotte Moss

         Such detail! And that is, after all, what it’s all about.

TableTop Tuesday: An Affair With a House

An Affair With a House

Let’s face it. When it comes to decorating, there are places you can save and places that you must spend. The tables in your home are likely going to be something you splurge on, as you’ll probably keep them for years. But the items on the tabletop? Why spend more than you must?

One of our favorite ways to incorporate great style into the flat surfaces in your house is beautiful coffee table books. Not only do they look fabulous, but they are also a pleasure for you or your guests to browse through, and an even better place for you to get 
design inspiration.

An Affair with a House the Porches

There are thousands of great coffee table books out there, but there is only one An Affair With a House. The classic home book, featuring renowned designer Bunny Williams’ 18th-century Connecticut home, is second to none. If you are only going to buy one book, this is the one. While her taste is impeccable, her designs are still approachable, classic and attainable — even for someone on a budget.

An Affair With A House Library

Bunny’s library, for example, is elegant but livable at the same time. You can tell she actually sits on that couch and reads the books in those shelves.
An Affair With a House Pool House

The pool houses is one of our favorite spots in the Williams’ home. Can’t you just picture lying on one of those chaises sipping a mint julep?

We bought ours on Amazon and look at it all the time. So can you!

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