If you’re like us, your porch is one of your favorite rooms. Because some are big, some are small and they receive various amounts of exposure to the elements, designing these spaces can be a little trickier than decorating the average room. Fortunately, Paula S. Wallace has written Perfect Porches to provide a little inspiration whether you want your outdoor room to be casual, formal, modern or traditional. And, as is the reason we love books so much, even if you don’t use a lick of advice in the book, it is a great way to accessorize one of the indoor living areas in your house. Thanks to The Post and Courier and The Constant for this peek inside the pages. Enjoy!
New York, LA, Paris, London, Jakarta… Okay, so we live in North Carolina, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t appreciate — and adopt — elements of big-city style. Annie Kelly and photographer Tim Street-Porter have compiled some of the most beautiful and tasteful projects from big name designers such as Muriel Brandolini, Peter Dunham, Jonathan Adler, and Mary McDonald in their gorgeous book Rooms to Inspire in the City. Special tips on tight spaces, especially bathrooms and kitchens, make this book essential for those in the city, but universal design concepts make it a great find for anyone with fabulous taste. Thanks to Stylebeat for sharing the sample photos from this book:
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.
Who doesn’t dream, every now and then, of ditching his or her day job for the island life. For most of us, this idea remains just that — a dream. For India Hicks and David Flint Wood, on the other hand, the fantasy became a reality. Forgoing the rat race for the Bahamas, the model/advertising executive power couple took on a new project: decorating. Three houses and one hotel later, Island Life was born — not to mention three beautiful babies. You can’t look at this gorgeous book without wanting to take a vacation or, at the very least, wanting to add some island flair to your own home. Enjoy this fabulous peek inside!
Modern rooms with a traditional twist. What could be better than that? We certainly can’t think of anything, which is why we are big, huge fans of Celerie Kemble: To Your Taste. Traditional style with a modern twist and a dash of whimsy gives Kemble’s gorgeous designs just the right mix of personality and approachability. Check out these photos from her book to get your own dose of inspiration!
In a place that is known for its beautiful beaches and crystal-clear water, it might be a surprise to see a Caribbean book devoted to architecture and interior design. But, in his book Caribbean Houses, Michael Connors proves that there is a lot more to look at in the Caribbean than just sand. Connors, a West Indian decorative arts scholar, details the historically significant homes in the Spanish Antilles, the Dutch Leewards, the English Islands, the French Lesser Antilles and the Danish Virgin Islands.
But even if you’re not a scholar, the unique architecture and stunning design combining old and new, laid-back casual and sophisticated chic, is a real treat. We think the photos are simply divine. We think you’ll agree.