The Perfectly Imperfect Home has been sitting by my bedside for quite some time now.
It’s not that it’s a difficult book to get into, not at all. It’s just that I’ve been savouring it. Reading it slowly and letting the words sink in. Like a well-worn, favourite pair of comfy slippers, it’s a book that reminds me of all of the things that make a house a home.
It’s written by Deborah Needleman, the high-profile, extremely well-respected co-author of The Domino Book of Decorating and current editor of the Wall St Journal magazine, so you’d expect helpful tips but this is not a traditional how-to guide to decorating. It’s a book that encourages you to express individuality, to choose timeless pieces and not be seduced by fads and fashion. It’s about creating a relaxed, comfortable and stylish home and that’s why I’ve been dipping into it off and on for weeks. It makes me feel all warm and cosseted.
Don’t expect lots of glossy pictures of celebrity homes either. There are glimpses into the odd designer home, but through the eyes of illustrator and textile designer Virginia Johnson. The watercolour illustrations are utterly charming and perfectly suit the approachable tone of the text.
I’ve read it from cover to cover now but don’t expect me to part with it!
The Perfectly Imperfect Home, by Deborah Needleman.
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