“Explores the design process through the lens of travel, inspiration, and personal style. As such, the tome is both an instructional lesson and a personal story, a great read for the design professional and enthusiast alike.” ―Architectural Digest
In Dream Design Live, decorator Paloma Contreras goes beyond interior design to show readers how to inhabit their homes in fulfilling and beautiful ways. This beautiful, full-color, overfilled book proves that the most appealing interiors are also the most personal ones. Chapters include:
Creating Your Signature Style
Setting the Stage
Form and Function
It’s All in the Design
Contreras takes readers through the design process and encourages them to seek inspiration from the approach that works best for them. From thinking creatively to improve both your home and your life, to showing you how to turn your dreams into realities, the author reveals how you can take the welcoming space you’ve just created and spend meaningful time there pursuing the activities you love.
Contreras writes in her introduction, “During my time in the design industry, I’ve come to realize that la dolce vita starts at home because that’s where we are our truest selves. Our homes can help us live the lives we want and can be tools for living. They provide an environment where we can retreat from the rest of the world and set the stage for the type of life we want to live. When things look and feel good at home, this feeling serves as an impetus for living beautifully in other areas of our lives.”
With stunning photography and accessible-yet-elegant tips, Dream Design Live fuses interior decorating advice with lifestyle recommendations and demonstrates how living a happy and satisfying life starts at home.
About the Author
Paloma Contreras is the blogger behind the popular interior design site La Dolce Vita. She has been featured in many major publications, including Domino, House Beautiful, the New York Times, AD online, Vogue, Elle Decor, and the Wall Street Journal. She lives in Houston.
"With stunning photography and accessible-yet-elegant tips, Dream Design Live fuses interior decorating advice with lifestyle recommendations and demonstrates how living a happy and satisfying life starts at home." — Traditional Home
"Paloma walks the reader through the process of how to create a home that is not only functional and nice to look at but operates as a kind of vision board too." — One Kings Lane
"Creating interiors that are both meaningful and fulfilling are the subject of Paloma Contreras’ Dream Design Live (Abrams). From thinking creatively about your design approach to improving your life, Contreras provides an accessible but beautiful look at the decorating process." — Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles
Contreras says you can’t design a room without inspiration, and we expect her book will provide loads of it for those looking to feather their nests in her crisp, fresh, unexpected style. — Dallas News
"In Dream, Design, Live (Abrams), Contreras, onetime Spanish teacher, successful blogger, and, now, working designer, explores the design process through the lens of travel, inspiration, and personal style. As such, the tome is both an instructional lesson and a personal story, a great read for the design professional and enthusiast alike." — Architectural Digest
"With advice on how to hang curtains, where to place artwork, and how to host a party…Dream Design Live is as much a reference book you will want to dog-ear as it is a sleek tome of gracious living that goes at the top of the coffee table pile." — Flower magazine
“The 240-page volume goes beyond helpful tips and pretty pictures to show readers how to find a design approach that works best for them.” — Southern Home magazine