Thursday, April 18, 2013

Book Review: The Welcoming House

I recently reviewed a beautiful copy of the book "The Welcoming House" by Circa Interiors owners Jane Schwab and Cindy Williams and couldn't have been more pleased.  These talented designers write a charming and useful advice book about how to turn your house into a home with inspirational images of their own projects and homes.
One of the few similarities found within their many projects illustrated in the book is spareness. Their key to a peaceful and welcoming home is an absence of clutter; I'm on board with that! I love how the tv was hidden in the paneling of the above family room. They also are firm believers in using what you have: fine china, silver, living and dining rooms, etc.  Don't save it for special occasions, use it today and everyday!
The projects featured cover many different styles but are united through calm palettes and clean lines. I love their mantra of a few 'special' pieces in each room, such as an antique or interesting work of art, and choosing clean lined furniture to complete the space. I loved the master bathroom above treated as a real room; so comfortable!
Another clever detail found in the book was this powder room hidden behind a framed tapestry.  While I'm not sure I would use this in such a public application, it could be useful in hiding a closet or utility space.
 My favorite project was one completed  in conjunction with their friend, noted architect Bobby McAlpine. This bathroom in particular was just amazing. I'm not a bath taker but would reconsider that for this setup!
Definitely check out this book to see a number of inspiring other projects. I definitely need to try to visit one of their 2 shops now!
All photos courtesy of Rizzoli


Paisley Curtain said...

Love the hidden door :)

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Paisley -the book is full of fun little details like this!

Nancy said...

Thank you for bringing this to my attention! It is gorgeous. Love decor books! Have a great weekend.
xo Nancy

Anonymous said...

Glad you enjoyed the book. Jane and Cindy are indeed an amazing duo!

deana sidney said...

I had to make a hidden door set for a movie and LOVED the idea. There is something about them that just makes me smile. Tapestry, oil painting, wall paper or paneling... or even bookcases that hide doors... Love them all. Looks like a fun book.

Lord Cowell said...

I agree with using things you have, and not hiding them away for an occasion that may never come! Useful looking and well photographed book.

Blue said...

The first book is on my list to look out for.