Thursday, June 26, 2014

Design Book Library ~ Carolyn Westbrook

The next design books I’d like to share are by Carolyn Westbrook and they are fairly new to me.  I purchased them after seeing some photographs in a magazine that were credited to Carolyn Westbrook’s decorating and, as always seems to be the case, I wanted to see more.


The two I have are called The French Inspired Home and Through The French Door : Romantic Interiors Inspired by Classic French Style.  I’ve enjoyed these so much that I just ordered Carolyn Westbrook Home {used, $9.99 with shipping} through Amazon.  My first thought on seeing the cover was that it made me think of Kris from Junk Chic Cottage’s house!

She also has one other book {according to Amazon} that I will probably put on my Wish List as a Birthday or Christmas gift.  At any rate, the two I’m showing you today have wonderful eye candy to drool over.  Many of the pictures I have seen floating around on Pinterest.  These first pictures are from Through The French Door.



One of my favorite classic color schemes ~ black and white!



Beautiful transferware en masse.


I love up close pictures of vignettes. 


I always study them looking for ideas and inspiration.  Even if you don’t have the exact items to pull together, you most likely have something similar in size or scale to give yourself the feel of the vignettes you admire.

The following pictures are from The French Inspired Home.


You will notice a lot of ruffles going on in this book.






Again in this book, lots of vignette inspiration.



I hope you’ve enjoyed looking through these two design books with me.  I would highly recommend these two.  If you like the pictures I’ve shared here, there are many, many more in both books.



Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

Oh my! I'm smitten. I just pulled up my library website and they HAVE "Through The French Door". I am so happy that you are sharing your books with all of us, Kathy. You have me wishing I could pop over with a little treat and sit and talk about your books in person with you. They're gorgeous!

Stacey said...

I have Through the French Door and love it! Might need to get the other one too. :)

Carolyn said...

I just got both of these books too and love them!


Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

I have all three books and love them.

Art and Sand said...

I have a Carolyn Westbrook book, but I don't think it is either of those you showed.

You are right, that one photo looks like it would fit right in at Kris's house.

I love looking at decorating books, but now with blogging, Pinterest and lack of space, I am not buying many decorating books.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Kathy, I have these books and love them. Great reference over and over. She is one of my favorites.
Have a great weekend.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Love Carolyn Westbrook....I have those books and they are wonderful...

Anonymous said...

I love her books! I just noticed you can pre-order her new one on Amazon. Thanks for sharing these lovely photos!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Kathy I have both of those them!!

Our Hopeful Home said...

I love the bee skep, wrought iron bed, transferware, cutlery collection, artichokes, the list goes on and on! Thanks for sharing such beautiful eye candy!
xo Kathleen

farmhouse-story said...

uh oh, more books:) i really like barbara's book and ordered it off amazon, and it will be here today:) beautiful pictures today, kathy-tfs!
gotta check amazon for through the french doors now!

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

I stopped by to thank you for your visit and i was so pleasantly surprised with this great post!! Love these books and i will now be keeping an eye out for them to add to my collection of decor books!!
Thanks for sharing!


Stitchfork said...

My favorite is all the silverware in the glasses!

Junkchiccottage said...

Hi Kathy,
I have Carolyn's fabulous books too. I get a lot of inspiration from her. Thanks for the shout out on my cottage style.

must love junk said...

Carolyn is one of my favorites...I love her style and her books!

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

Hi Kathy! I'm visiting from Maria Elena's blog tour. These books look amazing! I love a good book with plenty of eye candy like this. :) I think my mom has one of these books...I may have to borrow it from her. :)

Little Miss Maggie said...

I have both of these books and they are among my very favorites. I highly recommend them too. I think we like a lot of the same books, Kathy. These two are real winners.

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