March 24, 2011

On My Shelf: Matthew Patrick Smyth's "Living Traditions" Book

At last week's Architectural Digest Home Design Show, Vicente Wolf and David Easton held a seminar on mixing traditional and modern pieces in homes they've decorated. Piggybacking off this same style of decorating is the new book Living Traditions from interior designer Matthew Patrick Smyth, who credits Easton as his mentor.

Smyth draws some of his inspiration from France, Paris in particular, and believes in the idea of a home being decorated to suit its architecture, as well as its residents' needs and personalities. He likes to decorate with pieces from different centuries for visual interest, yet he follows a refined, simple approach of pulling a space together. The book highlights a varied group of homes, including a Greenwich, CT, colonial to his very own Paris retreat, which displays a well-rounded view of Smyth's capabilities as an interior designer.

The book goes on sale April 19, and I totally recommend it.