Friday, November 11, 2011

{book review: the perfectly imperfect home}


I promised you a little review of my thoughts on Deborah Needleman's latest book, 'The Perfectly Imperfect Home.' It's a charming and informative read, and I adored all the illustrations by Virginia Johnson. Deborah covers a multitude of topics on how to create a luxurious, personal, & above all comfortable home. The table of contents includes topics such as nice lighting, cozifications, delicious scent, glamifications, and a bit of quirk ... intriguing right? I've already bought copies to gift!


She explains that in her mind, nothing beats the soft & inviting light of a table lamp. She suggests that a lamp is the perfect decorating starting point for a vignette. And it doesn't stop at table lamps, the book gives details on choosing and placing chairs & side tables, a formula for a perfectly styled sofa, a pillow 'recipe' for the bedroom, and addresses a place for tissues, remotes & other useful things.


I loved some of the language used in the book - like the term 'jollifier', a sentimental object that spreads a little joy every time you cast your eye upon it.


Another tip that resonated with me: "Every room needs at least one good antique to lend it a sense of stability."


And I love that an index of all the illustrated rooms can be found in the back! The watercolors were inspired by real-life designer rooms and this is a handy reference if you'd like to hunt for the room behind the artwork.

All in all, a fabulous book choc full of tips that I would recommend! You can purchase yours here. Happy Friday and happy 11-11-11!

17 comments:

Holly said...

I put this book on my Amazon wish list the other day - hoping that maybe someone will gift it to me for Christmas. Love those illustrations. have a great weekend!

The Zhush said...

I want this book EVEN MORE now that I've read your review! Looks like a must read!

Julie said...

It sounds like a very interesting book. Thanks for sharing it with us.

P.S. I finally found the time to post about your very inspiring projects in my blog today. Come over and take a look.

Have a great weekend Nancy!

Brandi said...

This is on my wish list for sure. I'm happy to hear about all the topics it adresses. I always wonder where the pros put all the necessary but not pretty items in a space. So far I organize my remotes on a tray on the coffee table. I would rather keep them hidden in a box but I can't expect my husband to live by the rule, it just isn't practical!

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

She had me at hello with the watercolour illustrations- definitely on my Christmas book wishlist- thanks for the review!!!

Andrea Johnson said...

Mine should be arriving in the mail today!! Very excited now, great review:)

Andrea xo

barbara@hodge:podge said...

Thanks for the review. I have strongly hinted that I want that book for Christmas! Linked it to my facebook page so hubby can get the hint!

Are there any photographs in there? Or are they all watercolours?

Sheila @SZInteriors said...

This book is on my wishlist... and now after your review, I think I'll be moving it to the VERY TOP! Do you think my family will notice? Maybe if I scratch it out and very deliberately reroute it to the top, use capital letters, and then draw arrows to it???

xo Sheila

Abigail's Place said...

Looks like such a pretty book an I love the illustrations!
Might have to g on the Christmas list.

Have a lovely weekend.
Abigail x

Arianna Belle {Organized Interiors} said...

I'll have to check it out. Sounds like a good read and looks like the illustrations are beautiful.

Jessie said...

Wonderful review and the illustrations look very charming as well. Thanks for the review!

Have a beautiful weekend, Nancy!

Jessie
www.mixandchic.com

lisaroyhandbags said...

Thanks for the review! it looks like a great book and I love the charming illustrations :)

Karlita said...

I am actually reading the book.. didnt know about the index at the back! great! (just in the second chapter and loving it as well)

Wendi @ Classic Chic Home said...

Great book review, Nancy. Have a beautiful weekend!
~ Wendi ~

Kim Davies Inspired Lines said...

Hi Nancy,

This book looks amazingly pretty. I love the illustrations by Virginia Johnson. As a fellow artist, I also like your own illustrations. Thanks for posting this; it's next on my Amazon list!
Kim
www.inspiredlines.blogspot.com

Bradley said...

So excited about this book! I thought about adding it to my own Christmas wish list, but I just don't think I can wait that long...

Diane from her nook by the sea said...

As much as I treasure books - as they are -- I would dearly love any of those images as prints to frame on my walls :)

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