Friday, February 3, 2012

The Perfectly Imperfect Home: From Illustration to Photo

As a gift, I recently received Deborah Needleman(she of our dearly departed Domino)'s new book The Perfectly Imperfect Home from a special someone.  Needleman's done a great job compiling a readable guide to living and decorating well, including practical and sometimes surprising tips for "glamification", "cozification", and even including a bit of ugly in each room!

Needleman's book is beautifully illustrated, in watercolor, by Virginia Johnson.  While the renderings are stunning, I must say I was itching to also see the "real deal", or the photographs of the rooms that inspired the illustrations!  So I set out to track them down myself.

Some I recognized immediately, including the blue lacquered walls of this Miles Redd living room...



...or this bold pink and red masterpiece, also by Redd...



Though you have to wonder why Johnson chose to skip the insane zebra doors to the left in the wide shot!


Redd strikes again with a stunning dining room!



I'm sure many of you recognize the dining room from J. Crew Creative Director Jenna Lyons' Brooklyn townhouse (we blogged about it here when it went on the market last year)...



Kate and Andy Spade do green right in this bathroom featuring the iconic Scalamandre zebra wallpaper (you might remember we used this same paper in a client project)...



...and in their sweet guest bedroom...


via Habitually Chic

The stunning living rooms by Rita Konig, Lisa Fine, and David Netto and Hugo Guinness and Elliot Puckette...









John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon capturing the "je ne said quais" of the flawless gallery wall....



The book even came with a lovely matted 5x7 print of this Tom Scherer decorated entryway in the Bahamas...



Head out this weekend to pick up Needleman's book (do people still do that?  go to an actual bookstore to pick out a real book?);  you'll enjoy pouring over every page!

Deb

1 comment:

  1. Great post Deb! I love interior watercolor renderings!
    Christina

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