Many of my favorite books bear the name Susanna Salk on their spine. C.Z. Guest: American Style Icon, Room for Children, A Privileged Life, Be Your Own Decorator are but a few of the best sellers she can claim as her own. It's the Little Things arrives on the heels of her successful 2014 release Decorate Fearlessly: Using Whimsy, Confidence, and a Dash of Surprise to Create Deeply Personal Spaces - and I see no signs of her string of hits coming to an end. With Little Things she takes us on a whirlwind tour of favorite nooks and special spaces by some of our favorite designers. Timothy Corrigan, Denise McGaha and Howard Slatkin are but a few of the many familiar names in this gorgeous hardcover.
For me this is the best kind of design book. You can open it to any page and enjoy sumptuous imagery alongside personal considerations from the designer responsible. A lazy afternoon could be spent indulging in page after page of these vastly different spaces. Only have two minutes? Delight in flipping through just a few pages and savoring the thoughtful tips from experts and style aficionados.
That said, this visually rich book is broken into defined sections allowing emphasis on various aspects of design: walls, surfaces, big moments, mantels and others. I love the subtle sense of order - giving one the ability to draw quick inspiration for how to make the space above the fireplace more dazzling or how to make a grand entrance in your client's foyer.