Matt’s Musings: Seeking Inspiration

Photo credit: Steven Gambrel: Time and Place by Steven Gambrel

I was recently asked where I seek design inspiration; where I go to stay current on the latest trends. The short answer is: everywhere! I’m fortunate to be totally immersed in the design world and so am constantly surrounded by, and soaking up, all things design.

A more practical answer is that there are a handful of design books I love and that I find myself flipping through time and time again for inspiration. Here are a few of my favorites:

At Home: A Style for Today with Things from the Past

Suzanne, author of At Home, A Style for Today with Things from the Past, is a good friend and mentor. Her book is for those of you who love The Establishment -- a super traditional style. It's an excellent source for guidance around adding antiques into your design mix and for an overview on finish detail for custom upholstered pieces. It’s a lovely book and even if you didn’t spend the weekend antiquing in the Hamptons, you’ll enjoy it.

At Home: A Style for Today with Things from the Past by Suzanne Rheinstein - Amazon ($39.18)

Axel Vervoordt: Timeless Interiors

I don't have words for the absolute beauty and comprehension of scale and color pallet that this man possesses. This is an epic book; you’ll spend hours pouring over it. I am totally inspired by Axel Vervoordt’s work.

Axel Vervoordt: Timeless Interiors by Armelle Baron and Christian Sarramon - Amazon ($45.58)

Jeffrey Bilhuber's Design Basics: Expert Solutions for Designing the House of Your Dreams

At first glance, you might not notice this book -- but that would be such a shame. It's packed with amazing tips and I recommend it to anyone starting out in design. A great source for interesting furniture placement ideas and color schemes, this is a book I refer to all the time.

Jeffrey Bilhuber's Design Basics: Expert Solutions for Designing the House of Your Dreams by Jeffrey Bilhuber - Amazon ($30.36)

Katie Ridder Rooms

This is a wonderful book full of colorful, whimsical interiors that are somehow still sophisticated. This is my go-to source for kids’ room inspiration and it also has super fun upholstery shapes for custom upholstery pieces.

Katie Ridder Rooms by Heather MacIssac (Author) and Eric Piasecki (Photographer) - Amazon ($39.18)

Steven Gambrel: Time and Place

This book is insane! Steven Gambrel is one of the most amazing designers of our time; this is quickly obvious as you page through his book. It’s a wonderful source for lighting inspiration and furniture placement guidance. Full of moody color pallets and handsome interiors, this book is one of my all-time favorites.

Steven Gambrel: Time and Place by Steven Gambrel - Amazon ($35.84)

These books are beautiful and are themselves, great décor. Place a few on a coffee table or stack them in a bookshelf – they are lovely and inspiring, inside and out. And, this reminds me of one of my favorite quotes:

The book you don't read won't help -- Jim Rohn

Glossers, what are your favorite interior design books? Have any changed the way you think about home décor?

Enjoy!

Matthew O'Dorisio,
bluGloss Chief Designer

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