A Beautiful Mess
A far cry from the calm simplicity of Scandinavian interiors or bare-room minimalism, now there is a bold alternative: the motto is "more is more" and 'individuality' the key word.
From highly-decorated interiors that are jam-packed with fabulous objects, to cool and cultivated apartments that are wonderfully unkempt, design writer Claire Bingham takes a tour around the world's most exciting, free-spirited abodes where the interiors dazzle and half-measures aren't allowed. Filled with prints, patterns, and curios, these homes will undoubtedly inspire readers to unleash their creativity. Celebrating the ornate, wild, and whimsical, this beautifully-illustrated book includes loads of great decorating advice and ideas to steal.
In contrast to the life-changing magic of tidying, for these creative home owners messy is good. By, by minimal. Say hello to houses that are full of life.
Marie Kondo's maxim of minimalism has been the law of the land for the last few years, but the design journalist Claire Bingham proposes a different approach. She praises a degree of disunity in "A Beautiful Mess: Celebrating the New Eclecticism" (teNeues, $55, 192 pp.). "Orderliness is overrated," she writes. "Scuffed, stuffed or full-throttle pattern clash--repeat after me: 'Bless this mess.'" It's an apt mantra for an age of anxiety, and it comes into focus via the kaleidoscopic homes of tastemakers like Victoire de Taillac of the beauty brand Buly 1803 (note her rainbow-striped staircase) and the designer Sussy Cazalet (a wall-spanning chalkboard has pride of place in her living room).
Jeremy Allen, New York Times
About the Author
Claire Bingham is an interiors journalist who writes about architecture, design, and style for several publications worldwide. Before becoming an author with her first book, Modern Living, she was the Homes Editor for Elle Decoration UK and her work has been featured in international glossies, including Vogue Living and Architectural Digest. Scouring the globe for inspiring interiors and discovering the talents behind the scenes, she is interested in well-considered design that fits with our individual needs. Ultimately, she writes about the design and decoration of people's homes and how they like to live.