I know that I’m late to the game on this one, but I recently finished The Perfectly Imperfect Home by Deborah Needleman, it was such an excellent book! I finished the last page and immediately started to spiff up our apartment. You see, I’ve always had a love of decorating (passed down to me from my mother and grandmother) but had become disenfranchised with our space. Needless to say, our home had become a little “meh” with my lack of enthusiasm for making our hand-me-down furnishings work in an industrial loft. This book inspired me to perform what my mom and I call a “room flip”. It also renewed a passion for interiors that had laid dormant for many years.
Any house or room remembered with pleasure has the look of being loved by those who live in it. – Billy Baldwin
The book itself is a pleasant read that doles out decorating wisdom—wisdom that rang all too familiar for this reader. Many of the techniques Deborah provided in The Perfectly Imperfect Home I’ve seen my own mother and grandmother employ over the years, like; table lamps don’t need to match, dressers double as credenza’s, and good bedding is a must. Each chapter is complimented with whimsical illustrations of stylish rooms by artist Virginia Johnson.
I’m still tinkering with our home but the changes that I’ve already made have been so powerful. There is something remarkably wonderful about surrounding yourself in beauty and comfort.
P.S. Don’t confuse Billy Baldwin with Alec Baldwin’s brother. Apartment Therapy has a brief profile on him.