Sunday, March 4, 2012

Books in a Living Room Vignette

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As I was looking through my pictures, searching for a particular one, I came across this image that never fails to please me (the interior design is by Birmingham based firm Caldwell Flake).  There is something so lovely about this vignette – the symmetry is pleasing, but so is the slight variation that can be seen in the arrangement of the tables on either side. The colors and composition of the design, as well as the pattern on the fabric and pillows, really draw me in. In the past I have always preferred solid curtains, but I am finding myself gravitating to pattern more and more these days. I always like solid colors on upholstery, though!

As I am still trying to expand my book collection for the many unfilled shelves in my library, I took a closer look at the books under the side table on the left.  I spy American Decorative Arts; The Art of War; The World’s Best Golf; The Battle of the Bulge; Battle at Sea; Living with Dogs; More is More: Tony Duquette (my best guess); Perfect Neutrals (this is also a guess –the first word is perfect, and the font matches the book cover); Mood Indigo: Decorating with Rich, Dark Colors.  If books are a reflection on the interests of the homeowners (and are hopefully not just props for a photo shoot!), this small collection reflects a couple who are interested in history, decorative arts, home, golf, and dogs.

For more beautiful and inspiring images from Caldwell Flake, please visit their website here: http://www.caldwellflake.com/

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  1. Loved this post! Lisa and Mary Ruth are two of our favorite designers to work with at Mulberry Heights Antiques. We love their style and their sweet spirits! Hope everyone will scroll through their gallery and see their fabulous design work!
    Carolyn Bradford

  2. Thank you for a new designer discovery. An idea for your bookshelves which I am sure you have thought of. The used book stores have great design books, many old classics that are fascinating, fun to see where all the newest trends come from.

  3. The curtains are bold and risky and I love that

  4. What are those things sticking up behind the throw pillows, each with 2 little "eggs" sticking up?

    1. the sides of the sofa flap down - the 'eggs' are finials (probably wood) which are used, along with the decorative ties, to secure the sides when they are up (as in the photo).

  5. I love books in an interior. It says so much about the homeowner and I'm always reading the titles too. Especially in national design magazines, it's fascintating to see what the homeowners find interesting.

  6. One of my favorite images and I love using books for accessories...beautiful and functional - the perfect combination!!

  7. Holly,
    This is one of those images that really draws me in. There isn't art as such, however the fabric designs and the starburst pic are so unique!

    I agree that the books do not look just brought in by the designer; they do seem to reflect the families varied interests.

    Art by Karena

  8. GREAT PICS:) I really like your blog..so much nice inspiration:)
    I wish you a lovely week.

    LOVE Maria at inredningsvis.se

  9. Love this post! Blayne does our photos and she's wonderful! Lots of inspiration in a good photograph. Thanks!

  10. This is beautiful! I love the muted color combinations.


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