Friday, November 11, 2011

The Perfectly Imperfect Home

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of meeting author Deborah Needleman at a book-signing party to celebrate her new book, The Perfectly Imperfect Home at the Room & Board showroom here in DC.

Best known as the founding editor of the much missed magazine Domino, Deborah has since made a name for herself at the Wall Street Journal (which I adore!). I received the book last week and I kept joking at the party that it had been to bed with me every night, I love it so! A great book of basic ways to make a house your home, it is charmingly illustrated with watercolor sketches by Virginia Johnson. As most of the images are well known to us savvy to design media, showcasing drawings rather than photographs really enlivens the book and gives it a great casual personality.Of course, I knew I was reading the right book when an illustration of Kate and Andy Spade's New York apartment graces the chapter called 'A Proper Welcome', probably my favorite apartment ever published (by World of Interiors Magazine).With chapters endearingly named and on numerous practical topics such as Places for Chatting, Cozifications, A Bit of Quirk and Delicious Scent, the book should be #1 on everyone's Christmas wish list. It's also a perfect house-warming present, especially at the low price!Other bloggers I read who have fallen in love with the book and wrote reviews are Style Court, A Bloomsbury Life and My White Shirt (who stood in the book signing line with me!)

All images scanned from the book by illustrator Virginia Johnson.

10 comments:

Todd said...

What beautiful illustrations! I've heard about this book but haven't thumbed through it yet. Can't wait to peruse your copy! ;-)

The Devoted Classicist said...

The illustrations are charming. But I don't think anyone but the book designers themselves enjoy images that carry over to a partial second page. It ruins the enjoyment of the illustration or photo for most of us. A possible exception is a full two-page spread, but often there is something interesting that has been lost in the crease. This is a trend aimed at those who just flip through a book and might find it attractive as opposed to those who actually read books for information.

Style Court said...

So glad you met Deborah! I completely agree with everything you said about the book. It's a little treasure trove.

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Classicist - I have to agree with you here. Notice how the page breaks interupt the images in my own scans!
Courtney - Treasure Trove is the perfect description :-)

Terry said...

When even the imperfect is fabulous...I'm sinking in the irony.

Pigtown*Design said...

Totally JEALOUS!

Thomas said...

Yes, love the book. Nice running into you!

theduchessofH said...

Thanks for posting this. I so miss, Domino.
I'm ordering this book right now!

Rose C'est La Vie said...

This book looks absolutely lush! And Stefan, I totally agree with you about Kate Spade's apartment in WOI being my fave ever, almost.

maison21 said...

sadly, someone snagged my copy out of my mail home box in the press room. :(