Elements of Style: Designing a Home & a Life

“While a home provides shelter and a place to gather, it is also the safe place where we can express our feelings and enjoy some of the most important and meaningful events in our lives.”

Like any aspiring writer, my head keeps juggling with more ideas than it can ever handle. This book came in my life around one such phase when I was deciding where to place the new table in my house and ended up reading a book on interior designing for that! I don’t understand just why people were able to come up with the term ‘writer’s block’ so promptly, yet nobody has come up with one for this other syndrome of ours. I think it should be called ‘writer’s mania’ – a condition of perpetual curiosity, usually seen in writers. Other suggestions are welcome in the comment section, though.

Coming back to the review. This book is just everything you need if you don’t know the first thing about interiors. The tone is casual and it almost feels like having a cup of coffee as your new ‘crazy friend Erin’ tells you about herself and her work. Time and again, you are going to come across comments like these, for example.

“My vision of the whole white picket fence with 2.5 kids and a station wagon was instead a town house in the city with 2.5 dogs and a parking spot.”

It is divided into various sections pertaining to different parts of a house with clearly laid-out ideas for those of us who picked this book just to decide where to place their tables.

Oh, and did I tell you it has a lot of pretty pictures? Well, it has a lot of pretty pictures that are occasionally bound to make you look around your house and curse. Don’t let that stop you from reading it though because it is honestly that fun a read. Plus there is a very strong possibility that you will finally place that table at your entryway with a mirror behind, a little tray for keys on the top and finally an X-bench for occasional seating. At least I did!

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