Stop. Drop everything. And get Undecorate. If you only read one interior design book this spring, it should be this brand new tome from Christiane Lemieux, the founder of DwellStudio. Based on the concept of 'undecorating'--taking a 'no rules' approach to your decor--the photos are gorgeous, the prose is engaging, and the design advice is invaluable.
The mix of styles presented in Undecorate is right up my alley: a blend of iconic modern furnishings, comfy and inviting textiles, bright airy spaces and above all, a lived-in and much-loved sensibility that I aspire to in my own home. The sneak-peek images in this post are just the tip of the iceberg. Choosing these four was like asking me to pick my favorite kittens from a newborn litter!
I adore the laid-back formality of this living room vignette. Tattered chairs and a timeworn wood floor contrast beautifully with a crisp white fireplace surround and starkly curtained windows. Other highlights in the book include an Airstream trailor brought into a house and transformed into a bedroom, and an English manor-style treatment of a Hollywood home.
What a fun, simple idea for decorating a kid's room--these party lanterns make brilliant ceiling decor when grouped en masse! I can say wholeheartedly that this book is one I'll be returning to again and again, both for inspiration and for practical ideas that I'll actually put into action. Bravo, Dwellstudio!
P.S. There's also a really interesting article on the 'Undecorate' movement in yesterday's New York Times!
All images by Melanie Acevedo, courtesy of Undecorate: The No-Rules Approach to Interior Design.