The Peak of Chic was one of the first blogs I discovered and when I stumbled upon it, it was like opening a treasure chest of wonderful ideas, designers, fabrics, decorators, interiors, exteriors and so many other brilliant things. Over the past few years, I’ve become “pen-friends” with the great mind behind the blog, Jennifer Boles. Imagine my surprise the other week, when the Washington Post’s Home Front doyenne, Jura Koncius, said that the author of House Beautiful’s new book, Fabrics for Your Home, Jennifer Boles, would be the guest! You can read the transcript here.
I was transfixed by the discussion, and when HB’s PR company offered to send me a copy of the book to review, I answered with a resounding YES PLEASE! It’s the most delightful book, and now that I am a complete and total fabric nut, I find that I am carrying it with me all of the time, just to be able to study the fabrics in my spare moments. It’s a perfect size to slip into your bag, measuring 5 x 7 inches. The layout of the book is similar to the section in House Beautiful called Instant Rooms, where they mix and match different fabrics to come up with a cohesive theme. Here’s some detail from the image above. The layout of the book is very helpful, especially if you are looking for something specific like a paisley. The swatches are arranged by pattern type, which I love. And then there are pictures of the fabrics in situ, so you can see the scale of the pattern on furniture and in a room. This is an amazing resource for anyone who loves fabrics and textiles. It’s just the latest in a series including a similar book on paint colours. You can order the book here.
Great job, Jennifer and House Beautiful!