On a bitterly cold night, there’s nothing I’d rather be doing than sitting near the fire leafing through some of my favorite design books while the Mister reads the paper, the children finish homework or noodle around on the computer, and Maid Marian snores gently at my feet. If I’m feeling thin, which is never the case this soon after Christmas, I might even make a pot of decaf and pull out some biscotti. If I’m feeling industrious, I’ll make notes as I page through, either listing items to look for at the next Antiques Extravaganza or sketching some ideas I can copy or pass on to a friend. Most nights, I just feel sleepy.
My favorite new book is this first one, New Classic Interiors. Thanks, Santa.
The rest of these I managed to buy for great prices through Amazon used books, although the Colonial Homes Classic American Decorating is now quite expensive.
I probably look through Classic Greenwich Style at least once a month year round. I am always seeing new details in those rooms!
And, of course, just when I think I can’t take Maid Marian’s fur, snoring, bad breath, water bowl sloshing one more minute, I glance through Living with Dogs and know how much she adds to this family.
I don’t like people who don’t like dogs—I just don’t.—Brooke Astor