My latest read is The Inspired Home by Karen Lehrman Bloch which includes a forward by Donna Karan. The book set to hit bookstores mid September 2013.
photo of Harper Design’s The Inspired Home by Karen Lehrman Bloch, out this month!
This book was a great read with a cup of coffee in my favorite chair with a blanket and some soothing music. The imagery and text bring you into each of the spaces and allow you to feel with all your senses what each Design and Celebrity’s home really feels like. The book lends itself as a resource not only for residential inspiration but also hospitality. Unique details and artifacts transform each of these interiors into a truly unique and beautiful oasis worthy of all our dreams.
As a cultural critic and curator, Bloch opens the doors to twenty-five stunning spaces. These homes are owned by fashion designers, top stylists and artists, and renowned interior designers. Bloch explains how these professionals are evoking the most basic principles found in nature to create spaces that are as good for the soul as they are innovative.
A few of my favorite spaces showcased in Ms. Bloch’s Inspired Home tour include:
Extract from “The Inspired Home”: Dominique and JeanMarc Verdellet home in Bali
Dominique and Jean-Marc Verdellet’s home is in a remote fishing village in Bali. Made of recycled wood, antique windows and doors and handmade elements its relaxed interior is inviting and cozy with each room having its own quirks and surprises.
Extract from “The Inspired Home”: Catherine Weyeneth Bezencon home in France
Catherine Weyeneth Bezencon’s (Interior Designer and owner of www.deco-arsvivendi.ch) sensual getaway was not built as a home but rather a barn. The couple turned the barn in a tiny commune in the south-east of France into a home with its exposed rafters and stone walls.
Extract from “The Inspired Home”: Cathy Vandewalle Home in Thailand
Cathy Vandewalle is a collector and shop owner with a Thai retreat. The home is filled with antique collections from Thailand, Burma, Indonesia and Nepal.her design dilemma was finding antiques that were not just old but also timeless, to pair with contemporary pieces.
Extract from “The Inspired Home” : Casa Tortuga by Alison Palevsky in Cabos San Lucas
Casa Tortuga by Alison Palevsky in Cabos San Lucas is a raw and hand carved cave like home which makes sinuous curves and purity of materials elegant and clean. dark character furniture and soft linens are inviting and add a specific flavor to the home.
Extract from “The Inspired Home” : Residence of Michele Oka Doner in Miami
Artist Michele Oka Doner has an exquisitely minimalist and chic pad in Miami. Complete with white marble floors and walls and a beautifully bespoke built in sofa which are all complimented with fragile yet complete candelabras and antique heirloom furniture.
Extract from “The Inspired Home” : Interior Designer Darryl Carters home in Virginia.
Designer Darryl Carter’s curated and cozy home in the depths of rural Virginia is simple and filled with artifacts and character. the sofa is to die for, look at the proportions!
My dad used to tell me that he would never say no to buying me a book. Dangerous words to tell a young designer eager to absorb information and seek inspiration. With a collection of design books in both Calgary and Dubai along with an ever expanding Pinterest board and list of RSS feeds, I truly am in love with a good design resource.
To buy this essential design library book with its 190 pages of beautiful photographs for under $30, check it out on Amazon.
Enjoy and stay inspired!
~Laura of Arabia~