Design by Nature: Creating Layered, Lived

Design by Nature: Creating Layered, Lived

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The first design book that translates elements of nature–including flora, water, and wood–into elements of decor for beautiful, lived-in, bohemian interiors, from acclaimed designer and tastemaker Erica Tanov. Inspired by nature’s colors, textures, and patterns, design icon Erica Tanov uses her passion for textiles to create beautiful, timeless interiors that connect us to the natural world. Now, in her first book, Design by Nature, Tanov teaches you how to train your eye to the beauty of the natural world, and then bring the outdoors in–incorporating patterns and motifs from nature, as well as actual organic elements, into simple ideas for everyday decorating and design. Design by Nature contains new and imaginative decorating ideas for an organic and bohemian style that mixes and layers rugs, pillows, throws, and drapery, and incorporates unique patterns and fabrics such as shibori, ikat, and jamdani, all stunningly photographed by renowned photographer Ngoc Minh Ngo. With topics ranging from embracing imperfection in your home, to seeking out flea markets, to displaying your collections, Design by Nature takes an enduring and intuitive approach to design that transcends fleeting trends and encourages you to find your own personal style, source of creativity, and connection to the natural world. You don’t need to travel to distant locales to find beauty; it’s all around us, from the crackle of fallen leaves to the jagged bark of a tree.

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Potter/Ten SPEED/Harmony/Rodale
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Book Title
Design by Nature : Creating Layered, Lived-In Spaces Inspired by The Natural WORLD
Erica Tanov
Textile & Costume, Interior Design / General, Decorating
Publication Year
Design, House & Home, Architecture
Number of Pages
232 Pages


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35.1 Oz

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Nk2115.T28 2018
Photographed by
Ngo, Ngoc Minh
“I am a city girl. However, this book could persuade even me to bring the outside inside. It takes an authentic free spirit to find inspiration in weeds, shadows, rips, and decay. Erica is a dream weaver and an iconoclast. We are lucky she took the time to reveal her thinking process in the pages of this book.” –Tabitha Soren, artist and former MTV News reporter “Opening up Tanov’s book feels like going to the natural hot springs–there is something very cleansing, refreshing, and almost spiritual. But, her book is not only inspiring in a poetic way, it is rich with ideas and takeaways. She’s inviting us on a hike through her imagination and it’s both compelling and extraordinarily beautiful.” –Justina Blakeney , designer, founder of the Jungalow , and best-selling author of The New Bohemians “I’ve been inspired by Erica Tanov’s quietly refined visual sensibility since I discovered her work. Design by Nature offers a fascinating look at her creative process and her sources of inspiration, illustrated with beautiful, soulful photography by Ngoc Minh Ngo.” –Julie Carlson , founder of Remodelista and author of Remodelista “It is a joy to look through Erica Tanov’s lens; a kindred spirit and steward on the path of amplifying the source of our creativity. Designing and aligning with nature, that higher intelligence, is the essence of balance which begins within each of us.” –Paulette Cole , cofounder and creative director of ABC Carpet and Home “There is hardly anything I like more than getting that rare glimpse inside the process, not to mention, the very space in which an artist works. Design by Nature shows exactly how Erica works and what she is inspired by. Few artists are this open in sharing their inspirations. I find that only the truly confident ones do it well.” –Todd Hido , photographer and artist “Erica is a mix master. As a designer and artist, she picks references from nature and beautifully weaves them into her home, stores, and gorgeous designs. There is a sublime earthy, yet ephemeral combination that is Erica’s special gift to design. This beautiful book captures that rare combination and gives you a perfect glimpse into the amazing creative mind of this true talent.” –Christiane Lemieux , founder and creative director of DwellStudio and author of The Finer Things and Undecorate
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