I’ll be giving the book today as a prize – It’s [Carlos Mota’s new book] called A Touch of Style (Assouline; $85) You can win it by posting the best idea for accessorizing a coffee table. What are the ingredients for a great vignette set up on this important table in your living room? Send me your idea and at the end of the chat I’ll pick one and we will mail you the book. Recently Carlos Mota was a guest on The Washington Post‘s weekly Home online hour.
Along with The Post’s own Jura Koncius, he was answering readers’ questions about interior design in real time. With excitement I saw an opportunity to win a copy of his new book. I’ve mentioned – oh once or twice – my interest in interior decor so it will not surprise you that I thoroughly enjoy these weekly online hours and was thrilled to win A Touch of Style with the following post on styling your coffee table:
Games – beautiful wood games, something like a mini labyrinth. My father was Hungarian and my coffee table has a Transylvanian ‘trick box’ on it. It’s beautifully carved and people love trying to find the key and open it. Something meaningful that opens your heart. We keep the Tibetan singing bowl that we used at our wedding on our coffee table. Books of course!
I couldn’t wait to get my hands on A Touch of Style – it is delicious. From the colors and texture of the cover each page is a finely chosen, individual treat. Just running your fingers over the lime green linen cover and tracing the imprint of the title gives a trill of anticipation. What inspiration is within! As room follows room and designer follows designer there is a rhythm – a cohesion and harmony – throughout the book, made particularly impressive by the differing design styles portrayed.
These are two following pages – very different styles yet one leads well to the other.
But I have to admit, I adore the inside front cover and the inside back cover. It’s like stumbling across an exquisite sketchbook with a wild range of inspiration quickly rendered. We find Calder and Rothko jostling with Hello Kitty. There’s a delicious plate of pasta along with a cheeky hen and her chicks all rubbing shoulders with an African mask. It feels like an intimate glimpse into someone’s creative mind. You can see these sketches here.