Do you have favorite books lining your shelves that you enjoy keeping around for good company? Curling up in a chair with one of these dear friends is a perfect way to spend the afternoon in winter. Over the weekend I perused the shelves of a local used bookstore and found these two treasures (for less than $2). Flipping through their fragrant pages, I stopped at the copyright page with astonishment to find these books were published ten years ago! Fascinated by this strange attraction (I rarely can stand to look at decorating books more than 2 old), I began musing over what makes a good design book have staying power through trends and fads. Well, for me, in this case,its Atlanta Bartlett one of my current design icons, and Ryland Peters & Small the publisher of both these books: The Comforts of Home and Floral House.
Its compelling that each book is filled with light, pastel hues, white washed flooring which seem to put these ahead of their time. Or maybe its my fascination with simple, modern romance and touches of feminine florals that feeds my attraction for these timeless treasures.
What is your take? Can you read past issues of magazines or design books past their prime? What is your attraction to good reads that never fade?
images: heather spriggs thompson for gathering spriggs