things I like: “the perfectly imperfect home” by deborah needleman

Accessorizing can be a difficult task, even for a designer.  Part of the reason for this is that, while there is some method to accessorizing (more like “staging”), some of it is just trial and error.

Ruling out what you  don’t need or doesn’t work.  Playing with different shapes and color combos. Mixing textures.  Creating layers.

And that’s the reason I really like this book by Deborah Needleman:

In the book, Needleman discuss everything from lighting, to plants, to pillows, to area rugs and all within the premise that a house should look “lived in”.  Somewhat based on this quote by Billy Baldwin, “Any house or room remembered with pleasure has the look of being loved by those who live in it.”  Needleman’s belief is that a home should be a reflection of it’s inhabitants rather than a (wanna-be) model home or designer’s showcase.  Basically, it should be warm and inviting.

One of the ways that she suggests creating this warm feeling is by incorporating, what she calls, “jollifiers”.  These are personal, sentimental items that can (and should) be incorporated into your home’s design style to make the space more personal (and because they’re just special!).  She also discusses “cozifications” and “glamifications”  and sums it by by saying “Style is a luxury, and luxury is simply what makes you happy.”

Beyond including the great tips and tricks in The Perfectly Imperfect Home, Needleman enlisted Virginia Johnson to illustrate each section with beautiful watercolor depictions.  These images are half of what makes the book so inspiring!

The book isn’t cheap (around $20ish)  and it’s fairly new, so it might be hard to find a used one, but if you can score a copy, do it!  Not only is it useful, it makes for a charming addition to any coffee table.

Happy Reading, friends!