I love to give my friends and family inspirational gifts and have found that design books are the perfect thing to wrap up for just about anyone on my list. Here’s a list of three of my favorites:
Jean-Louis Deniot Interiors
Anyone who is into 30’s grandeur will love the updated classical approach of Jean-Louis Deniot, seen by many as the heir to Art Deco greats. Think “theatrical” rooms without the clutter, like a beautifully draped canopy to add drama to a small bedroom. Or using roman shades and curtains in bathrooms and understated wall finishes to provide “instant poetry” to any room.
Your Flea Market friend will appreciate this book, which offers the collector thoughtful advice on how to elegantly showcase all the mismatched “stuff” they’ve acquired over the years. Show them how to make the most of their obsessions, whether pretty Pyrex storage containers (“still found on eBay for a song”) or knitting needles (“collecting by color transforms the mundane into the magical”).
Novel Interiors: Living in Enchanted Rooms Inspired by Literature
Potter Style, $35
Conversational, illuminating and full of practical tips for discovering your own design style, this easy-to-digest book offers richly detailed descriptions of interiors found in more than 60 novels, from Jane Austen’s “Emma” to Dodie Smith’s “I Capture the Castle.” This book is the perfect gift for the literary member of the family.
Are you looking for a new luxury home in Montecito as the perfect holiday gift? Then please give me a call at 805.886.9378 or email me at Cristal@montecito-estate.com. With more than 20 years in the industry, consistently rated in the top 1% of Sotheby’s International Realty nationwide, I have the experience, contacts and enthusiasm to help you find the perfect home.