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Book Shelf: The Perfectly Imperfect Home

By Deluxe on Jun 26, 2012

I love art and design books of all kinds, but most books in my library, admittedly, haven't been read cover to cover. They're mostly for reference and visual inspiration, a poker to stoke the creative fires. While beautiful and inspiring, they're not full of ideas I can use in my own home. Instead, they represent a fantasy of perfect homes in perfect settings lived in by perfect people with unlimited budgets, and not one perfectly styled throw pillow out of place. I have shocking news: nobody lives like this. I certainly don't, nor do I care to. I think most of us want a home that not only looks great, but is welcoming and warm; a place where life happens.

It's rare to find a book that's beautiful, useful and relatable for those of us living in the real world.  The Perfectly Imperfect Home  hits this nail on the head. I read every word, and came away feeling empowered and motivated to beautify.  Deborah Needleman, former editor of the late, great Domino Magazine, has created the closest thing to a practical guide to fabulosity that I've encountered.  There's no formula for putting a home together well, but Needleman shares useful guidelines and tips to be used as a jumping off point, providing much needed focus for novices and pros alike. Even the introduction is well written and inspiring, including my favorite quote, "Luxury cannot be defined by expense or grandeur. Style is luxury, and luxury is simply what makes you happy." I couldn't agree more.

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