This year’s winter has been brutal on most of the country. No one seems to have escaped it. So, when it’s cold outside and the frigid weather is gripping so many of us, it might be the perfect opportunity to direct your energy inward and toward thinking about style in the home. We’ve selected these four design books because their approaches to interior design are simple, not overdone. They reflect a clean aesthetic, not environments dripping with old or obvious money. In them are tips and ideas that the average person could replicate without a lot of fuss or dollars. And speaking of dollars, you can help support Women’s Voices for Change’s mission by clicking on our Amazon link and purchasing the book! Happy decorating!

 

Modern Rustic
By Emily Henson

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At its heart, the modern rustic look celebrates the fabric of a home, from the roof beams to the brickwork. This style revels in earthy colours and rich textures; in natural materials such as wood and stone; and the ruggedly handsome bones of a building. In this book, stylist Emily Henson and writer Joanna Simmons first lead you through the Elements of the Modern Rustic look. Sophisticated Rustic elegantly blends clean lines with muted shades of gray. Bohemian Rustic mixes texture and pattern with lush colour, while Quirky Rustic teams raw wood with pops of neon and tongue-in-cheek artworks. Vintage Rustic, meanwhile, brings a relaxed feel, showcasing beaten-up leather armchairs and brick floors. In Details, textiles, furniture, fabric and display are explored, while Living Spaces shows how Modern Rustic style translates beautifully to every room in the house.  (Excerpted from Ryland Peters & Small, publisher.)

 

 

 

Tom Scheerer Decorates By Mimi Read Click the image above to purchase on Amazon.com & help fund our non-profit mission.

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In a world where over-the-top accessorizing and conspicuous luxury get all the attention, Tom Scheerer has cultivated his own, more restrained brand of chic, a look he modestly describes as “cheerful” and “no nonsense.” In New York apartments, Brooklyn brownstones, Bahamian country clubs, and Maine summer houses, Scheerer has created rooms that are crisp and confident, but also visually enthralling. The magic is in the way Scheerer combines classic, old-fashioned decorating with modernist touches à la Albert Hadley and Billy Baldwin, but with a keener attention to natural materials, unpretentious vernacular crafts, and the prettiest color combinations this side of India. He cherishes the simplest, least manipulated fabrics—cottons, linens, dimities, even candlewicking—and loves certain inexpensive accents as much as he does truly fine ones. All this adds up to fresh, relaxed interiors that look like no others. Exquisitely photographed, this first book of Scheerer’s work perfectly illustrates what makes that work so unforgettable. (Excerpted from Vendome Press, publisher.)

 

 

 

Axel Vervoordt: Living With Light

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This volume of twenty new interiors expands on  Axel Vervoordt’s vision for creating exceptional homes that combine natural elements, antiques, and fine art. The art of harmonious living is extolled in this volume through twenty bespoke interiors designed by the Axel Vervoordt company. Each room incorporates natural elements—light, water, metal, wood—blended with a modern aesthetic and punctuated with fine art. The Vervoordt concept of the home is revealed through a refined balance between art and nature to create timeless living spaces. The range of featured properties includes homes by the sea as well as in urban and rural locations, demonstrating a breadth of styles possible within the essential Vervoordt design principles. These exceptional residences are rich with inspirational ideas to incorporate into your own home so that you can celebrate your living space in the singular Vervoordt style. (Excerpted from Flammarion, publisher.)

 

 

 

New New York Interiors
By Angelik Taschen

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It has been over ten years since TASCHEN’s original New York Interiors was published and while much has changed in the Big Apple since then, the city is still bristling with an exciting and eclectic mix of cutting-edge movers and shakers, a fact that is quite perfectly reflected in its interiors. Since Manhattan has become overrun with luxury lofts selling like hot-cakes for tens of millions of dollars, trendy Brooklyn neighborhoods such as Williamsburg have become the new destination for those looking not only for a slightly less expensive apartment but a taste of relaxed, neighborhood living (and in consequence Brooklyn’s prices are starting to soar as well). Hand-picked by editor and author Angelika Taschen, this spanking new collection of interiors explores an array of homes as dizzying as the diversity of the New Yorkers themselves. Peek into the apartments of artist Terence Koh, director Spike Lee, musician Rufus Wainwright, and actress Julianne Moore, among many others. (Excerpted from TASCHEN, publisher.)

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