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Live Beautiful Hardcover – Illustrated, March 3 2020
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From celebrated design expert and interior designer Athena Calderone comes a look into how creatives decorate their spaces.
Beautiful design isn’t just pleasant to look at; it improves the quality of our lives. In Live Beautiful, Athena Calderone, the EyeSwoon creator, taps into her international network of interior decorators, fashion designers, and tastemakers to reveal how carefully crafted interiors come together. She also opens the doors to two of her own residences.
With each homeowner, Calderone explores the initial spark of inspiration that incited their design journey. She then breaks down the details of the rooms—like layered textures and patterns, collected pieces, and customized vignettes—and offers helpful tips on how to bring these elevated elements into your own space.
This is, though, much more than simply a beautiful coffee table book filled with stunning images of beautifully designed homes. Calderone writes in her introduction, “As much as this book is about intimate creative portraits, it is also a practical deep dive, offering actionable ideas that will help you design your home. The inspiring photography here is accompanied by extractable tips on ‘why the design works,’ the resources each home drew from, and teacherly insight to help you understand the principles at play.”
Filled with gorgeous photography by Nicole Franzen, Live Beautiful is both a showpiece of exquisite design and a guide to creating a home that’s thoughtfully put together.
―Bobby Berk, interior designer and star of Netflix’s Queer Eye
"Athena has masterfully curated a collection of truly remarkable examples of beauty meeting pragmatism. This book is so full of inspiration it almost feels like cheating when you realize she has given you the clues to replicate each stunning project. I will forever use this as a source for all my design dreams, both the practical and elaborate."
"Athena’s beautiful book is a testament to her incredible skill set. The true talent of a designer is to not just create a beautiful and functional space, but recognize something special and individual, based on those who will be living there. This is so true of Athena. Each space displayed in her book shows an innate understanding of the individual, and despite each being completely distinctive, Athena recognizes the beauty of the uniqueness. The more time I spend reading, the more I learn that there is no design rule book as to what something should be. Athena’s book is a true exploration of what it can be."
"In her inherently articulate and swoonworthy way, Athena unpacks the collective beauty of the diverse interiors in this book and distills it through her personal and highly passionate lens to offer the strategic hows and whys of the creative design journey. A truly inviting celebration of beautiful spaces."
―Kelly Wearstler, founder of Kelly Wearstler Interior Design
"I don’t know how Athena does it. I just know that I can’t. At least this book might help."
―Laura Brown, Editor-in-Chief of InStyle
"If you’re looking to become deeply inspired and fall in love with design all over again, this is the book. There is something so ethereal about Athena and everything she does—and this book is no exception. Not only are her own spaces beyond divine, she found the same kind of magic in so many others’ homes that we are lucky enough to peek into. Athena knows how to break the mold and I am forever inspired by her work."
―Amber Lewis, founder of Amber Interiors Design Studio
"Athena brings her exquisite curatorial eye to everything she does, and this book is no exception. Live Beautiful is a voyeuristic adventure that I honestly devoured at the same pace as some of my favorite novels!"
―Emma Roberts, founder of Belletrist
About the Author
- Publisher : Abrams; Illustrated edition (March 3 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1419742809
- ISBN-13 : 978-1419742804
- Item weight : 1.59 kg
- Dimensions : 23.75 x 3.05 x 28.83 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reader Tip: Pay close attention to Athena's notes where her design and styling decisions are explained.
Note: my book was a bit sticky when I received it (ohh Amazon) but I used a baby wipe and it came off.
It also doesn't hurt that it looks amazing on your coffee table. Cannot recommend this book enough!
Reviewed in Canada 🇨🇦 on April 4, 2021
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