Wednesday, March 31, 2010 3:29 PM EDT
Title: American Modern, by Thomas O'Brien
Availability: April 1, 2010 at major bookstores everywhere
"Modern" is interpreted in so many ways; it's not as black and white as you might think. If you crinkle your nose at term and immediately think sparse and cold-looking interiors, you should really consider taking a look at this book. In American Modern Thomas O'Brien demonstrates how you can blend traditional and modern elements and still have a beautiful and comfortable space.
I could flip through the pages of this book a thousand times and easily see myself comfortably nestled in pretty much any of the houses and rooms showcased here. But if I were to classify myself in any of the seven types of modern O'Brien showcases in this book, I'd have to go for American Modern (yes, the name of the book and one of the chapters. The others are: traditional, urban, casual, elegant, formal and vintage). In this chapter, the house featured is called The Academy and has a masterful mix of modern and antique furniture that I would love to emulate in my own home.
You'll probably like it if:
- You're on the fence between modern and traditional design
- You can't decide on any one style
- You want to show off all your collected pieces cohesively
You may not like it if:
- You like to stick to one style