In this refreshingly eclectic and intimate assemblage of home design inspirations, April Cornell takes the reader on a walk through her world of color, textures and style, using her charming Victorian-style family home in Vermont as the showcase for her personal approach to design and decorating. In doing so, she inspires readers to rethink their own relationship with the natural world and suggests ingenious ways to enhance any home using nature's perfect palettes.
Beautifully illustrated throughout, the book is a cornucopia of refreshingly simple, yet sumptuous home decorating ideas. It is also the inspiring story of an artist who has looked at life and has been so dazzled by its inherent beauty that her focus is unwaveringly uncomplicated. Readers need not mimic April's style to appreciated the sagacity and sensuality of her design philosophy; her serene approach to home decorating is both infectious and achievable.
The book itself is threaded together in the same fashion that she has assembled her home, as well as her international fashion and accessory business, and that is with captivating bursts of color, texture from her own life experience, and with art intermingled throughout, all in a practical and natural manner. In her hands, a list of plant names in Latin and English becomes beautiful to behold, but equally as interesting to know. The book also features April's own introspection and illustrations, homey sketches that perfectly punctuate each page.
About the Author:
Artist and designer April Cornell was born in Montreal to parents from Nova Scotia. One of four children, April was raised and educated in Canada, and studied Fine Arts at Dawson College. It was there that she met her husband and business partner, Chris Cornell. The Cornells' first shop, La Cache, was an upstairs boutique that opened in Montreal in 1975. Their first retail space in the United States, April Cornell, opened on Columbus Avenue in Manhattan in 1981. After traveling the world for over twenty-five years in pursuit of beauty, art, and product, their company has blossomed into a thriving wholesale and retail business, with more than one hundred stores throughout North America. With offices in India, Hong Kong, Vermont, and Montreal, April and Chris, along with their three sons, currently reside in Burlington, Vermont.