Visual Treat

Oh no - yet another book I don't want to return to the library! I think I'll have to go out and buy it. I love Country living : A Bit of Velvet and a Dash of Lace : the Fabulous Interiors of  Magnolia Pearl by Robin Brown with Jason Boyd.

As a new homeowner I like to browse the interior decorating books in the library. I've found that many of them don't have a personal voice or narrator. If they do they can come across as clinical and cold. This is not the case in this book! Brown offers the reader a warm invitation to the "Magnolia Pearl" style of decorating. She also shares stories about her upbringing in 1960s California with her artistic parents. 
I'm not usually attracted to the funky, Bohemian-Victorian style but Brown makes it appealing. And it's wonderful to see Brown's style beautifully portrayed on each page by Steven Radazzo's stunning photographs. Though I might use elements of the Boho-Victorian style, there's no way I could make my entire home reflect this dedication to interior decoration.

Perhaps you'd like to add these elements of style to your home? Luckily this book includes a guide for those who would like to do just that. Some of the projects included in the book are weaving flowers in your hair, building a gate from a bed frame and making pet beds.  If you are looking for a visual treat along with great storytelling try the lovely book A Bit of Velvet and a Dash of Lace. You won't be disappointed.