Book Talk

One of my best friends, Lenora Jane, is an associate editor for Metropolitan Home in New York. In my world she rightfully owns the "My friend with the coolest job award." 

Met home

To put a face with that (double) name:


Lenora. Jane. She's such a fashion DIVA!!!

TTN: Nice wool sweater- looks great with the turtle neck!

Okay fine, she grew up...


(and she's going to kill me)

Anyway, she called me the other day and left a message along these lines:
"Rachel! You have GOT to get the new Met Home book "Glamour"- it's incredible. Go get one! Trust me- just do it."
Something you might want to know about me: If you are as cool as Lenora Jane AND you live in New York I'll basically do whatever you tell me to do. So I hopped in my car, zipped over to Borders and got the last copy they had.

Here is a preview:
"Part of being glamorous is taking risks."-Jay Jeffers
"When a client says 'glamour' it's code for 'Design our home so people will swoon when they visit.'"-Michael Berman

"Glamour is the effect a room has on the people in it."-Kelly Monnahan

"Any repeating geometric shape is glamorous." -Scott Joyce

"The key to glamour is not caring what anybody thinks of you."-Jonathan Adler


and my favorite: "Glamour doesn't have to break the bank, but it should break the mold!"-Vicente Wolf

Amen Vicente! (Although I don't think I've ever seen any design of his that does NOT break the bank but it's a nice thought)

Remember when Domino came out with their book? It's like that. But with a little more edge! And instead of being a room-to-room guide in decorating this book breaks the mold (go figure) and is divided into 3 sections: Concepts, Objects and Rooms.
Concepts- the basic notions that make up a glamorous room (Scale!!-*most important in my opinion, Luster, Palette, Antiques, etc.)
Objects- the tangible items in glamorous homes (staircases, fireplaces, draperies,etc.)
Rooms- house tours showing how designers put it all together!
*I love that fireplaces and staircases have their own sections. It's the kind of stuff you google hoping to find something worthy of recognition.

Glamour is stock full of beautiful images that you may have seen before in Met Home- but definitely not this quality. It's truly one of those coffee table books that you find yourself petting the pages they're so pretty. 
(No? Just me?)

Lastly, I love this book because the author (Michael) and designer (Keith) dedicated the book to their mothers:
Not because they are particularly glamorous (although they have both had their moments) but because they taught us early that no place is more beautiful than home.

For more information read an interview here
To do what Lenora Jane tells you to do click here.