The Principles of Pretty Rooms

Phoebe Howard, with Andrew Sessa. Abrams, $40 (272p) ISBN 978-1-4197-4385-6
Interior designer Howard (Coastal Blues) demonstrates ways to create serene, inviting environments in this eminently practical guide. The projects stem from Howard’s principles of “pretty rooms,” among them embrace symmetry, reduce color contrasts, mix old and new, use upholstered pieces, decorate walls with art and mirrors, focus on creating softness and pools of light, and plan carefully. Howard then puts the principles into practice, offering city, country, and beach versions. The city assortment includes two Atlanta homes: a light-filled pied-à-terre done in shades of white and cream, and a four-story townhouse packed with richly textured fabrics such as alpaca and mohair (plus a spa-like bathroom). Country is decidedly elegant, with a Hamptons retreat done in pale blues with painted furniture, and a Tennessee farmhouse in shades of green. The most appealing designs are found in the beach section: in Florida, sophisticated whimsy abounds in a nostalgic Palm Beach cottage, and beach-meets-modern in Atlantic Beach, with clean lines and a central ocean view. The gorgeously styled full-bleed photos will inspire readers to redecorate, if only mentally. For those who prize pretty, Howard’s delightful handbook is the place to start. (Apr.)
Reviewed on : 04/02/2021
Release date: 04/01/2021
Genre: Lifestyle
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