Today I’m super excited to share a peek inside the new decorating book, Lived-In Style: The Art of Creating a Feel-Good Home by Ki Nassauer, CICO Books. Its pages feature several stunning homes that will inspire and delight you. Each house shows how to incorporate a lived-in look that’s both beautiful and comfortable. That’s what most of us want our homes to reflect, right? I’m also happy to announce that the author is giving a free copy to one of my readers!! To be entered for a chance to win, simply leave a comment at the end of this post. It’s that easy! The winner will be announced here on the blog on May 8th, 2023. All photography in the book is by Edmund Barr and John Bessler © CICO Books 2023.
Of all the beautiful homes in the book, I’m choosing to feature the home called “American Idyll” for its organic and vintage beauty. The living room below sets the stage for the rest of this house which is situated in the Catskills and belongs to long-time thrifter, Melanie Bendavid. Melanie shares that when she purchased the house, it had been stripped of all original details. She and partner Michael Randels have since spent time restoring this beauty that once served as a hotel and post office.
The main staircase was opened up and improves the natural lighting, which is evident when looking at the cozy living room. Photos of the original home are included in the gallery wall of the staircase. I love the mix of plain and ticking-striped slipcovers on the plush sofa, and all the vintage and antique artifacts.
A beautiful campaign desk takes residence beneath a trio of corgi paintings, which the homeowner found at a Salvation Army store. It’s always interesting to see what you might find at second-hand stores. It always makes the hunt exciting!
Gorgeous wide plank wood floors run through the beautiful kitchen. The homeowner found this entire kitchen at a salvage business! You’d think these cabinets were custom made for the space. A variety of kitchen collectibles are on display making this a vintage-lover’s dream cooking space.
I love all the textures throughout this lived-in style home. The whitewashed, paneled walls, the rough-planked floors, and the soft curtains at the window. What first caught my eye in the dining room is the oversized bee print which was originally made to decorate a local speakeasy.
Every square inch of this New York hotel-turned-home displays interesting vignettes.
The upstairs hallway is light-filled and easily shows off the collection of rug beaters on the left and miniature art work on the right.
This bedroom features so many unique details that older homes often possess. The window cove is tucked inside a wall with built-in storage areas. A step-up to the right leads to another closet. While some people might find that step annoying, I find it charming.
Note the wood trim on the walls in this vintage bathroom. You’ve got a mix of angles which adds architectural interest. The bathroom has plenty of windows to allow natural light to flow into the space, creating a spa-like atmosphere, along with the plants on the antique bench.
This lived-in style home has several more photos in the book, Lived-In Style: The Art of Creating a Feel-Good Home by Ki Nassauer, CICO Books. Not to mention, there are several homes, equally beautiful, that you’ll enjoy within the book’s pages. Also, learn more about Ki on her website.
To enter for a chance to win a copy of the book, simply leave a comment below. The winner will be emailed and announced here on the blog on May 8, 2023. If you can’t wait to find out if you win, you can always purchase a copy of Lived-In Style: The Art of Creating a Feel-Good Home