it’s been a while since i’ve been excited about a new decor book (my last favorite is Nina Freudenberger’s surf shack) but i’m really anxious to receive The Alchemy of Things: Interiors shaped by curious minds by Karen McCartney which is due out october 2nd. i’ve seen a few images around the web, and i can see already that its imperfect interiors are right up my alley. written by Karen McCartney, best known for her work in the world of interiors, architecture and design, The Alchemy of Things explores interior spaces at the edges of the decoratively possible. The book details a series of eighteen fascinating homes that come from a truly creative place, transcending conventional notions of collection and display. This new beauty taps into a craving for a personal space with rich layers, a little bit of oddity and an irrepressible joie de vivre.
A mix of artists, interior designers, architects, collectors, gallerists, stylists, furniture designers and vintage retailers open the doors to their own homes — many for the first time allowing karen mccartney to share their homes through her well-curated eye. In Australia she was editor of marie claire lifestyle and launch editor of Inside Out, which she ran for ten years, so she’s definitely got the talent for finding eccentric, whimsical, and clever living spaces. The Alchemy of Things: Interiors shaped by curious minds is a visually stimulating book that will surprise you through juxtaposition (perhaps my favorite kind of design), color, form and the sheer joy of curating interior spaces. It’s about a new beauty that taps into a craving for a personal space with rich creative layers, objects chosen for their meaning, a little bit of oddity, that come from a truly creative place, a tad eccentric, but always beautiful. It focuses on exceptional decorating minds and how they express their personality through the objects with which they surround themselves, how they put those objects together and the energy that results.