I will admit to being a bit of a book junky. You would think, then, that I love frequenting the local library. But, the books I read are typically for reference, so I want to be able to make notes in them and fill them with sticky bookmarks. I want to be able to revisit them again and again. So, one of my favorite places to hang out is the local Barnes & Nobel. A trip there is almost always included in an afternoon out of the house or when Jeff & I are on a date night. And I often come home with a bag heavy with a book or two and maybe a magazine.
In our most recent trip, I came across a delightful book I had never heard of – Maison. My interest was immediately piqued because it was a collaboration between a watercolor artist and an interior designer AND it was about Parisian style. That is a winning combination in my estimation.
As a nice surprise, the cover of the book is a “mood board” poster and the book under the cover is just as beautiful. Isn’t it just yummy?!
The interior is filled with watercolor swatches and sketches that coordinate and tie into the interiors featured in the book.
I love the sentiment expressed in the first paragraph of the introduction…
“A carved eighteenth-century panels lit by a small industrial lamp, a watering can masquerading as a vase, or a hatbox upcycled into a coffee table – these are the hallmarks of a new, as yet unnamed style of interior decoration that has been adopted ever in Paris… A blend of flea=market finds, souvenirs from foreign travels, and treasured unearthed in the family attic, this new style reveals how everything we love can coexist harmoniously.”
It’s a book about collecting, living and decorating with things you love and I’m a big proponent of that as well.
I have acquired a lot of books lately on art and textiles, but this is my favorite decorating book acquisition in a while.