It’s now just days away from the release of Designers at Home. In many ways it feels as if I am anticipating the birth of a child. And, for those with children, myself included, you understand the joy and expectancy that goes with the territory. Writing this book was truly a labor of love. It was a lot of work (and many long hours), but I enjoyed every moment. When I recently said to my father that it took 9 months to write (notice a theme), he commented “yes, but you have been preparing your whole life to write a book like this one.”
I suppose I have always been a seeker of information and collector ideas. It’s no secret that I am fascinated by how people choose to live their lives, and I often wonder what inspires one person to elevate the mundane tasks of daily living and another to despise the regular routines of life. Diana Vreeland once wrote that few things are more fascinating than the opportunity to see how people live during their private hours. I agree. But for me it is more than just peering behind the door of a home that I find alluring. It is the opportunity to learn, to be witness to a myriad of styles, to gain inspiration and most importantly dream. No question I learned much from the 50 designers featured in my book; making each day that I ‘went to work’ a real joy.
To celebrate the launch of the book there will be several events throughout April and May. First Tobi Fairley is hosting ‘The Journey to Getting Published’ camp in Little Rock. I, along with Sandy Gilbert (my editor at Rizzoli), will be speaking about the ins and outs of getting published. Camp starts April 9 (my son’s birthday) and goes until April 11. Just click here to learn more. There will be a book signing that is open to all at Cobblestone and Vine on April 10.
Then it’s on to High Point Market. Join me, Barry Darr Dixon, Celerie Kemble and Amanda Nisbet on Monday April 22 from 12pm – 1:15pm at the High Point Theatre. I will lead a discussion on how designers’ bring their design aesthetics home (followed by a book signing). Later in the day Currey & Company will be hosting a fabulous and fun party/book signing in their beautiful showroom from 3pm – 5pm. There will be many other events through April and May. I will post more as details are available. Again, many thanks for everyone who reads All the Best. This book would not have been possible without your support and dedication.
All the best,