I know that most of you are like me when it comes to books—you are running out of room and running the risk of being crushed by the ever-growing stacks. However, I highly recommend that you try and squeeze one more on the shelf. Italy of My Dreams: The Story of an American Designer’s Real Life Passion for Italian Style (Pointed Leaf Press) is an awe-inspiring glimpse into the private world of interior designer (and fellow Texan) Matthew White.
Italy of My Dreams is a study of classical Italian style in contemporary settings. With nearly two hundred pages of beautiful photos and heartfelt recollections, Matthew takes the reader on a visual journey from his childhood in Amarillo, to his first, life-changing trip to Venice and, finally, the development of his deep personal connection with the art and architecture of Italy. Each project detailed in the book is one that Matthew not only designed, but has also called home.
While in Venice I attended Matthew’s fascinating book lecture. His passion for the subject is evident not only in the pages of this book, but in the way he lives his life and the organizations he supports. His celebration of Italian style is both intimate and inspirational.
Tomorrow I will have a Q&A profile with Matthew.