With my kids heading back-to-school this week, I feel a hankering to spruce up my pad a bit (you know, tackle those little projects that stay undone during the summer), and also freshen things up to mark a new stage in life. My go-to resource for ideas that always inspire is the Domino Book of Decorating put out by former editors of often-missed Domino magazine. This fantastic mecca of design ideas came out a couple of years ago, but it's not dated or trendy at all and is too good not to mention again. It feels very current and is the perfect consultant for the amateur designer, i.e. anyone without a professional degree, but who loves to dabble in enhancing interiors (the theme of my "Real Life Home Series" and a topic I'm very interested in exploring).
Domino's Book of Decorating tackles intimidating, yet practical subjects like how to mix and match styles and how to choose a kitchen table. And, it is of course chock full of crisp, gorgeous images from the Domino archives, as well as previously unpublished photographs. I truly enjoy flipping through its pages and treat it as a one-stop-shop when I'm in the need of an inspiration fix. One of my friends picks it up every time she drops by...it's addicting!
You can pick up the book from your local big box book store (r.i.p. Borders), and likely your locally-owned bookstore as well. If not, those folks are almost always willing to special order a title for you. I'd love to give you a secondhand source too (Thriftbooks is always the first place I look for used titles), but Domino's Book of Decorating isn't being given up at the moment :)
What other decorating books do you love?
images by Stephanie Brubaker for stephmodo