It’s the first “working day” of the new year and I thought it would be best to start the year off with something inspiring. Before we closed up last year I read the book Simplicity by Nancy Braithwaite. The gorgeous interiors and neutral colors seemed like the perfect clean slate for the 2015.
For her first book, the American designer Nancy Braithwaite chose to talk about what characterizes her work the most: Simplicity. As we all know, simplicity is not the easiest thing to achieve. In fact, Braithwaite wrote in the introduction “There is nothing simple about simplicity. Simplicity is complexity.”
When it comes to interior design, Braithwaite believes that there is no point in making a room beautiful if it isn’t functional, comfortable and suitable.
The book is divided into five different parts, each one full of gorgeous pictures of her different homes across the country (Kiawah Island, South Carolina, New York City, Atlanta and Chicago, where she’s from). It is amazing to see how her style can fit in every kind of house, whether it’s country, classic or contemporary.
In the “elements of design” section, we learn of her creative process: architecture, composition, proportion and scale, color, pattern, texture and craftsmanship are her key words of success.
By merely glancing at the book it’s apparent that that Nancy likes using very neutral and noble materials, like wood or black and white furniture for example. She adds her personal touch with original items you will find nowhere else. You will probably notice all the animal shaped statues and statuettes she arranged in the different rooms, adding a “nature” touch.
If you are a hard cover book addict, don’t hesitate to remove the flexible book jacket, to keep a beautiful “black dots” cover, that I am sure will fit perfectly in your library shelf.