I highly recommend you pick up a copy of Gracious Spaces by Phyllis Hoffman. As you probably know, Phyllis Hoffman is the editor and publisher of Southern Lady Magazine, and she made so many of us happy when she brought back Victoria Magazine. This book reflects her style, elegance, and attention to detail that we have come to expect from her stunning magazines. Gracious Spaces is such a treat! Although it has been out since 2009, I had not read it until recently. The book is so inspirational, and it's practical. Journal pages and recipes are included, and the photography is breathtaking.
Two of the larger sections in the book are entitled "Enchanting Details" and "Artful Embellishments." Although many styles are represented in the book, Hoffman is definitely an anglophile at heart. The English are so astute at adding lovely finishing details to their designs, and this book illustrates this tradition beautifully. Like the accessories we wear, our rooms' finishing touches are what make them unique and reveal much about the personalities who inhabit them. I was so inspired by the "Put it in Writing" pages with its gorgeous writing desk and antique desk accoutrements that I decided to use my tiny secretary for correspondence. I do agree with Hoffman that personal, hand-written letters should be valued and treasured.
I love all the little cubbies in this desk. There is a tiny little pen holder to the right of the small drawer (you can barely see it).
Until next time...