For as long as I can remember, I have enjoyed a pretty extensive collection of coffee table books. Most are related to decorating, with some focusing more on entertaining.
People often ask me where I get my inspiration for my décor or themed parties. I say EVERYWHERE. At a restaurant, if there is an interesting vibe, I try to capture what the elements are that make the space exciting and unique. When out shopping, I see items that appeal to me and incorporate these ideas into my everyday life aesthetic.
For additional inspiration, I also thumb through decorator magazines, follow some incredible bloggers and often refer back to my decorator books.
My latest addition to my collection is Aerin Lauder’s Beauty at Home book. She just naturally has a classic and refined style. Well, she may have the proper genes and life experiences that nourished her admired sense of style. After all, it doesn’t hurt that she is the granddaughter of Estee Lauder.
Her book describes how her grandmother influenced her and encouraged her to embrace the beautiful things in life. She describes her style as easy and effortless. Her book reflects her timeless style and her comfortable environment beautifully. And, have you seen her new tablewares and serving pieces at Williams-Sonoma? Gorgeous!
As I mentioned, this is my latest design book that I added to my collection, but I have many more.
I also really enjoy India Hick’s calming and tropical style. Living in South Florida makes it easy to add a few of these elements to our decor.
And then there is Charles Faudree (RIP). He has always been my prince! His style has influenced me for many years. He had a home in North Carolina, and several shops feature décor that exemplifies his style. I have always loved toile and buffalo check, which he frequently uses in his designs. My roots are definitely planted firmly in the English countryside since my family is from there and I visit often. His designs make me feel at home.
One of my new favorites is Carolyne Roehm. She has several books that feature blue and white décor. She also has created some of the most extraordinary table settings. We have recently changed up our main living space to include blue and white décor. Her books were a significant influence when putting these rooms together.
Mark D. Sikes just published a book entitled Beautiful, and it really is! He describes this book as All-American Decorating and Timeless Style. And, I love it!
Another one of my favorites is Kathryn M. Ireland. Some of her books are timeless, and I have had them for many years. She has a quirky, yet very comfortable style. I think what I like about her the most is her casual way of collecting items together to create a cozy space. Also, her fabric choices are second to none. If I had a country home, I would definitely want her to decorate it.
Many people mention that they use books as part of their decorating strategy. I use them because I LOVE having them around me and refer to them often. Since I am not a big TV fan, I will sit and leaf through one of my books in the evening and have total enjoyment. I guess it’s the little things in life that count.
Anyway, it started with me as a small girl arranging my teen magazines and decorating books on the bench at the foot of my bed. Now, I have an extensive collection of inspirational books and a blog that includes design and entertaining features.
Where will this obsession take me next? I think more travel to inspiring places. What do you think?