Hardcover, 224 pages, $29.95 (Laurie Ann Publishing Inc.)
At a very early age, professional Interior Designer Laurie Ann McMillin Ray developed her skill for analyzing personal style and combining it with a winning selection of design elements. Her father was a home builder in southern California. Laurie Ann realized that her ideas for decorating his subdivision model homes surpassed those of the seasoned professionals in the business. To her dad’s credit, Laurie Ann was turned loose to express her ideas which enhanced the quality of the product he was selling.
Fast forward more than a few years and we encounter a businesswoman who truly knows her stuff. Laurie Ann’s book is part expert advice, part girlfriend sharing and a whole lot of warm comfort that the reader will want to adapt to his or her own house in order to make it a home. As Laurie Ann sees it, a home is a gathering place where every day is ideally celebrated in an environment conductive to fostering calm, joy and/or energetic sharing among friends and family.
This reviewer was most appreciative of the luscious color schemes and the thoughtful use of fabrics that create cohesive settings. Don’t be misled by the amount of detail within each photograph. The idea is to come away with a sense of what you like and how it might enhance your own design creativity. By the way, Laurie Ann operates several retail establishments in southern California that are sure to spark a reader’s nesting instinct.
Most enjoyable. Highly recommended.
This review was written by Ruta Arellano. A review copy was provided by Author Marketing Experts (AME).