We love a bit of Americana, and we are massive fans of American interior design. When we found Country Living American Style we knew it would be right up our street. We have friends in New England and every time we visit we fall in love with the spacious and relaxed homes we visit. We try and replicate this look back in Britain, it is not always so easy to scale down designs into smaller British home.
The book is compiled by the American version of Country Living magazine. It looks at country-style the length and breadth of the country ‘from Arkansas to Oregon, Maine, Texas and everywhere between’. They start by trying to define what makes up American Style, looking at various historical influences that have contributed to the nation’s style. The book also looks at different regional styles, the best in American furniture and the use of colour and textiles.
True to the book’s magazine heritage it is peppered with side notes, little features about American producers and manufacturers and styling tips. This makes it a great coffee table book, ready with little nuggets of information and inspiration whenever you flick through. We keep on returning and finding new ideas that we can try and replicate.
The last chapter of the book is dedicated to celebrating the great American holidays. These are always of constant fascination to us from this side of the Atlantic. It is great to get some ideas on how others go about their festivities. Due to the time of year, we are really inspired by the Halloween and thanksgiving. We also LOVE Christmas here, and therefore we love the Country Living take on the festivities.
We are glad we have this book in our collection. It is not the most academic study of American design, but what it lacks in text it more than makes up with hundreds of beautiful images. If like us you love American interior design Country Living American Style is a must for your bookshelf.