Always on the hunt for fresh design ideas, we recently stumbled across interior designer Barbara Barry’s first book Around Beauty and we just can’t put it down – it makes you look at everything around you with fresh eyes. Take inspiration from these beautiful rooms and get the look at home…
An award-winning interior designer from Los Angeles, Barbara applies a beautiful, chic and stylish look to her interiors. It’s not surprising then that the book is bursting full of both elegantly calm rooms. ‘Simplicity, proportion, and harmony’ are the key elements Barbara stands by to create a lovely home and we think you’ll agree that the stunning photos prove it. Whether it’s a bed piled with beautiful soft furnishings or the petals from a bunch of peonies, the pages of this book with their serene muted colours will leave you completely inspired.
‘My highest inspiration comes from nature; it influences all that I do,’ says Barbara. ‘The understatement of an all-green garden, the simplicity of fresh-cut flowers and the composition of a spiralling shell show me that less is more. My work is about the experience of being human, intimately connected to nature.’ We love the way she has used a subtle shade of green in the dining room walls, which is complemented by a muted greige colourway in the dining table linen and chairs. The white Nordic-style furniture echoes the soft white of the architectural pillasters in the room stunningly too.
In the living room above, a fresh shade of yellow has been introduced, which teams well with the neutrals and pale shades of green in the carpet and sofa. The kitchen on the other hand has been boldly decorated in crisp white. It makes a stunning statement and is the perfect backdrop to a beautiful selection of flowers and colourful countertop kitchenalia.
Around Beauty by Barbara Barry is published by Rizzoli New York, 2012.
[Pic Credit: David Meredith]
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Emma Morton Turner, Guest Editor
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