A couple weeks ago, we stopped by a fun and fancy fete to celebrate the launching of Atlanta Magazine’s Home edition – a scrumptious new publication packed with lots of Atlanta-based design and decor stories. We bumped into the lovely Barbara Westbrook who was signing her new collaboration, Gracious Rooms.
And glorious this book is – page after page of exquisite design and Barbara’s thoughtful and gracious approach to design and living. It’s hands down my new favorite design bible.
We’ve been huge fans of Barbara’s work for years and love the sophisticated and layered way she approaches her spaces. Rooms look comfortable and collected and undeniably luxurious. And she follows one of our favorite rules: every room needs a good antique.
She’s a master at creating the most compelling vignettes and her rooms are symphonies in scale and proportion.
I fell in love with Barbara’s work when we were building a house not too terribly long ago. I saw a spread in House Beautiful and simply couldn’t stop thinking about the cool, Belgian-y vibe it had and the open and easy floorplan:
This is the main living space from that home. I loved the way Barbara made it all feel old, crunchy and collected.
Barbara’s one of those designers who can channel lots of different charisma into her spaces. From Belgium-meets-Buckhead to a light-flooded salon-style room (below), she reads her clients – and her rooms – thoroughly and accurately. What a gift.
One of the things I love about Barbara’s design is her effortless ability to flip-flop between traditional design and contemporary, clean design. It doesn’t matter if it’s a 1920s in-town Tudor or a 35th-floor high-rise aerie, Barbara brings her elegant sensibility to the party.
So, if you find yourself in a perfect little reading spot (like the one above), grab Barbara’s lovely book and indulge yourself in some smart, pretty and sophisticated interior design inspiration. I’m pretty sure you won’t be disappointed.