When home and not hopping a plane to Bora Bora or yachting to Bermuda, I spend a good deal of my time thumbing through style magazines and outrageously expensive interior design books. For me, there simply is nothing better than a hot bath, a silent cell phone, a few decor mags, and a Xanax to rid myself of whatever anxiety I have self-induced. Recently I picked up a book at Calico Corners (a warm, friendly shop that I love browsing in what must be the same way junkers feel at flea show). Named “Decorate Fearlessly; Using Whimsy, Confidence, and a Dash of Surprise to Create Deeply Personal Spaces” (title is a bit lengthy) and compiled by Susanna Salk. Full of interiors by top designers, the photographs create a jealousy among us mere mortals as we realize that budgets and taste do matter. Furthermore, Ms. Salk keeps her comments short and to the point. This lovely coffee table accessory highlights the principles of color and pattern, expressing one’s personality (as controlled by the home interior designer), as well as the limitless possibilities that decor offers. Featuring some of the greats such as Jonathan Adler and Miles Reed, I want to emphasize a few of my favorites (shall we say focal points).
The Madcap Cottage, a fairy tale of a design firm co-owned by Jason Oliver North lives by the premise that, “a room should be dynamic and never static.” And the gentleman, using a Vegas analogy believes in a high-low philosophy and boy oh boy does he draw attention to that blackjack table.
Doug Meyer goes for show-stopping color. He uses all 64 crayons, creating surprising and magical vignettes of space.
“Your home should be your strength in the world” (not sure what that means) states Marian McEvoy. A believer that design should be pleasing to not only your family but to others as well, she uses detail in a way few other do while making an impact that many others are incapable of….
Steve and Brooke Giannetti find inspiration from a bold statement. They prefer natural materials that age over time with beauty and care.
Anyone that knows me well understands my obsession with the Novogratz. Robert and Cortney create work that defies convention and blends every well-worn decor trick into a delicious strawberry smoothie.
And lastly, the photo that dominates Pinterest, with it’s incredible mix of bold patterns and vibrant palettes. I admit that I have copied this room in several very sophisticated teen caves (you know, the kind of teenage girls with their own glam squads). Hats off to Kriste Michelini.