So, in the spirit of this new book, The Perfectly Imperfect Home, written by the founding editor in chief of (sadly now defunct) Domino magazine Deborah Needleman, within 24 hours of bringing it home, Andrew put something wet on top of it. It permanently warped the lovely cover, even though I used many techniques to flatten it out again. Sigh.
But that's sort of the point of the book, which is that design for the home should be beautiful but also functional—and a space should look and be lived in. No home is perfect. Furniture gets chipped. The plate you love gets a crack in it. Your boyfriend insists on keeping a behemoth, unshapely couch because “it's still good.” But all those things mean someone lives there, and they bring warmth and quirk to a home that ultimately reflects who you are and the things you value.
Needleman says in the introduction, "The point of decorating, as far as I can tell, is to create the background for the best life you can have." The book is filled with short chapters on subjects such as lighting and ways to make a home more cozy, glam, eccentric and even a touch “ugly,” as a counterpoint in rooms with high polish. With watercolors by Virginia Johnson, it's a very inspiring and encouraging ballad to enjoying the life you lead in your home and creating a place that throws back your energy, creativity and personality like a mirror—or the energy, creativity and personality you aspire to.