• Italy of My Dreams

    by  • 16 Jun ’10 • Matthew White, One More Book for the Shelf, Pointed Leaf Press, White Webb • 11 Comments

    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.

    11 Responses to Italy of My Dreams

    1. La Maison Fou
      16 Jun ’10 at 12:09 pm

      Love that quiet and private outdoor garden. I would like to read and wonder there.

    2. bayou contessa
      16 Jun ’10 at 1:57 pm

      This does look like a fabulous book, I love the outdoor "room". I will definitely find a place for this one in my collection!

    3. sophiedahydesigns
      16 Jun ’10 at 3:20 pm

      It looks like a beautiful book, Ronda! I'm putting it on my list!

    4. pve design
      16 Jun ’10 at 5:16 pm

      I must get this for a friend who will be spending the better part of her summer in ITALY!

    5. Sally@DivineDistractions
      17 Jun ’10 at 11:27 am

      Nothing like a pretty picture book to get the creative juices flowing. I'll squeeze a little more space into the bookshelf for this one. Bless Matthew's heart….who wouldn't trade Amarillo for Italy!!!

    6. La Petite Gallery
      17 Jun ’10 at 11:47 am

      Venice for the first time is truly
      a culture shock. My favorite spot.
      Capri is beautiful too.
      Sounds like a book to read before going.


    7. Mona Thompson
      17 Jun ’10 at 1:01 pm

      I need a gift. This is a good suggestion. Unfortunately I will probably buy 2!

    8. Karena
      17 Jun ’10 at 1:15 pm

      Ronda, looks to be another great design book! I will come back for the interview!

      Art by Karena

    9. Nicolò Rubelli
      17 Jun ’10 at 5:55 pm

      It is a gorgeous book indeed: great photography and great content. And being said by an Italian, you should trust me!

    10. Brillante Home Decor
      23 Jun ’10 at 4:14 am

      Being Italian, passionate about design, editor of a blog on Italian design…I will certainly love this book. Thanks Ronda.

    11. Claudia@adeenidesigngroup.com
      27 Jun ’10 at 4:37 pm

      I am appalled at myself for not having known much about Matthew White. Just placed the order on Amazon. Thank you again Ronda for educating me.



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