Well Dressed Home by Annette Tatum

My previous post was about dresses as features in interior design. How apt that this blog post is about the The Well-Dressed Home!

This holiday season I have been trying to tuck into my new favourite home design book, The Well-Dressed Home, borrowed from the library. Relatives and busyness has vied for my time and I find myself going back to the beginning to savour the photos again and again!

Well Dressed Home by Annette Tatum

Well Dressed Home by Annette Tatum

Annette Tatum‘s book The Well-Dressed Home is filled with beautiful photos… ms Tatum shares about how one’s wardrobe (wished or real) is able to render a beautiful home… and it is so inspiring. Photographs in this lovely tome are by Karyn Millet. (Read an interview with them here.)

from Annette Tatum's Well Dressed Home

from Annette Tatum’s Well Dressed Home

Cococozy has also done a blogpost on it with an interview by Miss Tatum in which she talks about the mantra she firmly believes in: look to your own creative fashion style to guide you in your choices for your own home decor.

from Annette Tatum's Well Dressed Home

from Annette Tatum’s Well Dressed Home

Of course, not everyone has a couture wardrobe, but restrained by body-shape, body-size, affordability, suitability, but the “wished-for” wardrobe equally plays a large part in being able to inspire your home decor…

from Annette Tatum's Well Dressed Home

from Annette Tatum’s Well Dressed Home

I am one of those who have a wished-for wardrobe… I adore the vintage green Chanel coat that stylish Anne Hathaway wore on The Devil Wears Prada (which she then later bought at auction after the movie was produced):

Anne Hathaway's Enviable Vintage Green Coat

Anne Hathaway’s Enviable Vintage Green Coat

Or this gorgeous trim look by said same woman:

The white coat in Devil Wears Prada

The white coat in Devil Wears Prada

I am drawn to boldly coloured but tailored, smart pieces. I also am drawn to luxurious fabrics like pure wool, taffeta, boucle… What does that translate to?

Back to Tatum…

In an interview with Free Spirit Fabric house blog, Annette Tatum mentions that she allows everything to inspire her, from “vintage textiles, old trims, wallpaper samples, colour chips… old documents and fabric samples that I have found from traveling” right to architectural building elements in old cities like NY or Paris.

from Annette Tatum's Well Dressed Home

from Annette Tatum’s Well Dressed Home

from Annette Tatum's Well Dressed Home

from Annette Tatum’s Well Dressed Home

I’ll just HAVE to buy this book. It’s too good to put down. It’s too good NOT to have. I love that this is a how-to-style guide too, not just “Ooh have a look at this and that”….

Photos by Karen Millet
4 January 2010
11 January 2010

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2 Comments

  1. Reply

    alissa

    10 January 2010

    this sounds like a GREAT book! on my way to amazon… thanks for the suggestion!

  2. Reply

    drey

    12 January 2010

    thanks you have to! i love it. can't seem to return it to the library!!!

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