This book was a birthday gift from my husband. I must admit that I had not been aware of A La Carte by Sherrill Canet before and found myself pleasantly surprised by this hidden gem. If you have a love for anything antiques, old world, or traditional styles, then this is the book for you. I have read a few design books, but this, by far, pays more attention to antiques than the rest. I appreciated that I got to learn a little more about good antiques to keep my eye out for when I go browsing through these antique stores, like a Dutch Colonial mirror (similar here). Those are some cool looking mirrors with tons of details. An English Regency chair (similar here) have a cool design to them, particularly when they’re gilded in gold, and a 1940’s Bagues sconce (similar here) is just the thing to dress up a room.
I don’t mean to imply you’ll learn about antiques in detail. Sherrill Canet also talks a lot about balance, like picking out the right shades of colors and patterns to play off each other as well as the types of furnitures to ground a room or add an extra texture. For example, she found a Chinese red cabinet that she used as a bar. The scrollwork on top gives it a nice soft edge in comparison to the rest of its boxiness, while the red gives the whole room a hint of playfulness, proving that sometimes all you need is just one piece to prevent the room from being too serious. Sherrill also shares some of the history of her personal house and she shares some of her inspiration.
Have you read this book? What did you think of it?