i picked up a beautiful new design book over the holidays, and i think you might like it, too. The New Mediterranean: Homes and Interiors Under the Southern Sun published by gestalten is a new book with a modernist take on Mediterranean aesthetics — a new movement in interior design that embraces sumptuous minimalism through warm, earthy tones, and natural materials. i’ve embraced the look in my new cottage by the sea, because it embodies the eclectic, effortless style i’m most drawn to. the Mediterranean sensibility echoes itself through a variety of reasons, be it a warm, sunny climate, or simply an appreciation for the Mediterranean lifestyle of slowing everything way down. the new Mediterranean features Interiors under the Southern Sun, showcasing inspiring homes around the world that combine rustic, earthy tones with colorful textiles, bamboo and rattan, and ceramics and baskets. The book introduces the designers and architects who are living this style, outlining key elements needed in order to show us how to create this look of simplicity and casual lifestyle into our own homes.