I've recently RE-discovered my local library. It is such a great resource and one I had forgotten. I found a great design book called domino written by the editors of domino magazine. Lots of useful design ideas and good pictures.
While I'm at it, thought I'd share a few other resources. The jury is still out on this book, but I started it last night and found a great tip I thought I'd share from the author.
It is called the golden rectangle. The the basic principle is that a rectangle in perfect proportion is visually pleasing. It is simply a rectangle that can be broken down into a square and another rectangle. The key is in the proportions. The formula is fairly simple, if you know the width of something and want to figure out the perfect length, you would multiply the width by 1.5. For example, if you are trying to figure out the perfect proportions for a coffee table and you know the width should be 36", the length would be 36x1.5=54. The perfect visually appealing size of the coffee table would be 36"x54".
I'm still at the beginning of this book so I'll let you know what I think about the rest when I'm finished. I did notice on Amazon.com, there were several readers who were disappointed, but I think most of them were more interested in seeing pictures. There aren't a lot of pictures, but so far, I think it is filled with some good information.
And it wouldn't be fair if I didn't include in my "good reads" my favorite magazines. These are my top 2:
I LOVE Southern Living magazine. I look forward to it every month. It is always filled with beautiful rooms, great decorating tips and the BEST recipes. Over the years I've had lots of magazine subscriptions and this is one I renew every year!
Architectural Digest is another "must have". Although the homes shown in this magazine are typically part of my dream world, the designs are worth studying. And I do mean study. The more you look through these magazines, the more you can learn about design. Don't just look at the pictures to see if you like the rooms or the colors. When you really study how the rooms are put together, you can see how the designers utilized rules of proportion and balance and how they bring harmony to the spaces.
What are your top reads?
I am so proud to be part of the WCAA (Window Coverings Association of America). We have a fantastic chapter here in Baltimore with some incredibly talented ladies. This month, we held a mini trunk show to share some of our creations with each other. One of my very dear friends, Trish Albano of Wellington Interiors showed us this mini sample of a drapery treatment with Celtic banding on the lead and bottom edge. She made the banding from bias tape and then used a pattern to create the Celtic design on the treatment. I love the contrast with the cream and black too. What do you think?
Recently, I completely a job for a client who wanted a custom headboard, drapes and cornices in her master bedroom. When my installer and I finished the job, I asked if I could help her make the bed. She had removed all the bed linens and cleaned them before we attached the new headboard. She was happy to let me help her put the bed back together so I could take some pictures of my work. When she arrived with the sheets and bedding, she informed me that she had cleaned and PRESSED everything. While we were making the bed I tried to play it off that I wasn't shocked by the fact that she'd taken the time to press all of her bed linens. "Of course you pressed the linens...that is what I always do........" Ha, Ha, Ha! Always do in MY DREAMS. Are you kidding? I'm trying to raise 2 young girls and run a business. I'm lucky that my sheets even get washed, let alone ironed! Now I know perfectly well that linens look better when they are pressed. So, I would like to know for the record, how many of you actually press your sheets?
When we moved into our house 10 years ago, we recruited family to help us take down the awful wallpaper in our dining room. It came off in tiny pieces and I vowed NEVER to put wallpaper on the walls. But when I see exquisite designs like these papers from Graham and Brown and I can't help but think.....well maybe....