Live Beautiful | Athena Calderone
From celebrated design expert Athena Calderone, a look into how interior designers and creatives decorate their spaces
In Live Beautiful, the highly anticipated design book by Athena Calderone, the EyeSwoon creator and renowned interior designer taps into her international network of interior decorators, creatives, and tastemakers – featuring icons such as Jenna Lyons, Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent, and Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch – to reveal how carefully crafted interiors come together.
With each homeowner, Calderone explores the initial spark of inspiration that incited their design journey. She cleverly breaks down the details of the rooms — distilling practical solutions that document why a space works. She touches upon layered textures and patterns, collected pieces, the importance of contrast and composition, and customized vignettes while offering digestible tips on how to bring these elevated elements into your own home.
The interiors in this book are an exercise in creativity that is often difficult to articulate. In tracing the often winding journeys to home, Calderone offers a window into the thought process behind design — how in the mingling of pieces, a dialogue begins, and the language of a room takes form. In Live Beautiful, Calderone amplifies these quieter moments because they are far louder than they seem. These are the choices that reflect individuality and shape the alchemy in our homes. She then opens the doors to two of her own residences to give the readers insight into her own personal design process.
Filled with arresting photography by Nicole Franzen, Live Beautiful is both a showpiece of exquisite design and a guide to creating a home that is as thoughtfully put together as it is beautiful.