I just moved into a new apartment two days ago, so it’s safe to say that my thoughts are fully consumed by the d-word: decorating. I can’t stop rearranging furniture in my head, thinking about how nice this room would look with a dining room table, and imagining bright colored throws, pillows and cute accent pieces. But then there’s a moment of utter fear; What if that accent color clashes with couch? What if my artsy project ends up more DOA than DIY? What if my living room doesn’t look like a Pottery Barn catalogue? And then, yes, I remember that decorating can be stressful. Your apartment, after all, if design books are to be believed, is a projection of yourself and your personality, never mind the fact that it’s something you have to live with every day.
Enter Deborah Needleman. She’s the voice in your head reminding you that everything doesn’t have to be perfect, that you can have a color clash here and there, and that personal effects don’t need to be hidden. It’s your house after all and you have to live in it! Filled with beautiful illustrations and tons of sage advice from an experience decorator, Deborah shows you how it’s done.
The Perfectly Imperfect Home was one of our picks for Best Healthy Life Books of 2011 and with good reason—not worrying too much about your home looking perfect all the time, and creating a comfortable environment for yourself can make you happy and healthy. Aim for something that reflects you and that you enjoy, and remember, a bit of quirk never hurt!
Read an excerpt below where Deborah talks about bringing out the personality in your home:
The Perfectly Imperfect Home by Deborah Needleman – Excerpt