I just finished reading Deborah Needleman's design book, THE PERFECTLY IMPERFECT HOME. I absorbed every word in this book and considered myself a more educated designer after reading this book - a feeling I hadn't felt after reading other design books. (The book is $20 from Amazon - buy it here)
Here's why I loved this book:
1. She has practical rules and simple ideas for decorating your home that are easy to remember and incorporate.
2. You don't feel like you need a million dollars to decorate your home and create a nice space.
3. She is a GREAT writer, which makes it easy and enjoyable to read. And the illustrations are a work of art in and of themselves.
4. She has a classy and classic outlook on decorating, and loves a home with a lot of character and humor (which are the best types of homes in my opinion).
5. She has a respect for antiques, but also recommends using postcards and personal snapshots as art.
6. She was the editor for Domino Magazine, still a favorite home decor magazine amongst the design community even though it's been out of print for a couple of years, which in my opinion means she is definitely someone worth listening to.
7. And finally, I found my favorite decorating quote of all time that sums up interior decorating in one sentence..."Simply collecting is not enough; objects are like words that need to be made into meaningful sentences." Genius!!
Here are some pics from her book (this is copyrighted material so go buy the book)
|Steven Gambrel's living room|
|an example of how she separates her chapters - she is so creative!|
|practical advice ranging from how to pick the right lampshades (as seen here) to how to make your home "cozy"|
|example of how lighting should be placed|
Get yourself a nice little Christmas present and pick this book up today!