BOOK OF THE WEEK
After staring at the same set of walls for more than a year, it’s understandable that homeowners might be ready for a change. Especially now that folks are getting out and about; coming home after a hard day’s work should provide a sense of comfort and contentment, like a heavenly haven.
If instead, your interiors are more “meh” than “marvelous,” check out “Made for Living” by Amber Lewis.
A trendsetting designer known for her effortless style, Lewis calls livability her “true north,” and shares the secret to the art of layering, key to designing a room filled with good vibes. Accompanied by more than 250 gorgeous photos, the book offers friendly advice on everything from nailing that perfect shade of paint to mismatching patterns with wild abandon to choosing a stone finish for new countertops.
In other words, not only will you learn to mix design elements (pillows, objects, patterns and lighting), but Lewis helps you do so in such a way that your home is truly meant for living.
Published in October 2020, Lewis’ book has shown up on a number of suggested reading lists for art and design books, as recently as this spring. Boston Magazine included it in a February roundup of five such titles, noting that the author’s “approachable schemes beg to be explored.” It was also included on a Good Housekeeping list of “17 Interior Design Books to Help You Create the Home of Your Dreams,” along with titles by Kelly Wearstler, Joanna Gaines and Justina Blakeney.