12.06.2013

The World of Decorating Books

Soon, soon, the Slow Love Life will start up again for real. Meantime, I had a lot of fun dipping into the world of decorating books for The New York Times Book Review. A break from writing about garden books. But--and here's part of my distraction--I've had renovation on my brain big time in the last six months, as I've been preparing to move into a new (but very old) apartment. I have been much too unsettled this past year; I can't wait to be still. More on this anon--for now, some holiday reading. Cheers!

14 comments:

Judith said...

So happy to hear this news and delighted that you are making your way back to Slow Love Life. Off to dip into your review!

Dorothy in Rhode Island said...

I look forward to more Slow Love Life. I also see that you have again acquired a place in Little Compton. Congratulations!

Sheryl said...

So happy to hear from you. Happy that you are well. Eagerly waiting to hear more of your new home, and, of course, more Slow Love Life postings. Will there be a Frances Palmer Christmas Ornament this year? Blessings always, Sheryl from Puget Sound

Sheryl said...

Oh, sorry. Great review. Enjoyed your insights, descriptions, and the giggles, too! Sheryl from Puget Sound

la Contessa said...

YOu have been missed!Cant wait for the update on the new home!

Mia said...

Great that you are using decorating books for your renovations.....but don't forget to include your own thoughts in the mix , after all you have to live with it. I recently had a decorator come over with books and ideas, truthfully there was not anything she showed me that I would be happy with. Back to the drawing board for me, I think I will will pick my own colors to begin with!

karensandburg said...

I just ordered Design Brooklyn. I seldom buy decorating books anymore, having found my groove, but DB looked too good - old charming buildings with contemporary decor. We too are about to embark on a new building project. We just sold our house and are coming into the final stretch of architectural drawings (Arch11) and permitting. Can't wait to hear about your new adventure/apartment.

Stefan Hurray said...

Love reviews and yours is most helpful! Can't wait to hear about your renovations here on the blog!

Jayne said...

Very old apartment - oh that IS appealing. Hope it has a WBF for days like today! Perfect for reading the FT and sipping that second cup of coffee! I wondered too if there would be another Frances Palmer ornament - mine is out from last year!

SlowLoveLifeDominique said...

No fireplace, sadly. I know what you mean. I'd like to be in front of one today. The wind is howling. And Frances just got swamped for the holidays. We are thinking we might make a valentine's ornament (maybe we will back date it!) I miss having one too. But I miss having a tree. And an apartment. Soon, I'm told...

SlowLoveLifeDominique said...

So absolutely right. Will be writing about that mix.

SlowLoveLifeDominique said...

Thank you so much, Heather. I love your sign in, Heather in Arles. It always gives me a flash of blue and clay and sage....

dterrydraw said...

A Valentine's ornament would be a wonderful gift. I'd certainly buy a couple (my affections are, for better or worse, markedly free-ranging).....something small (but fine) to personalize the usual bouquet of flowers or tie to the wrapping on a book.


Just suggesting....


---david terry

mia said...

Can't wait to hear your stories, I think my "get her out the door as fast as possible" moment came when she insisted that I should have cement counter tops.....and have to pull up my beautiful wood floor to put extra joists in to support the size of said cement countertops.
Of course my mother nearly had a fainting spell at the thought of me having side walks for countertops! Also, the cream distressed cabinets , although somewhat attractive, who wants to start off with dirty and old looking cabinets????
I realized we were at an impasse when she could not understand why I wanted another wall of 2 ovens and another built in stove top. Well, I do, I want three ovens and 2 stove tops.
I bid her good buy after the color chips came out and she wanted all primary colors, bright blue, lime green, magenta, bright yellow and orange. Well, in the end I picked soft golds,& creams walls, black cabinets, stainless built in ovens (3) and 2 gas stove tops. wooden floors intact, and countertops, of quartz in cream, black and silver mix./ with some all stainless steel. Sometimes you have to trust yourself....a lot!