Thursday, January 24, 2013

Nathan Turner's American Style Book {a giveaway}

 

I was so excited to have  a chance to offer one of my lovely readers a copy of Nathan Turner's first book.  We also had an opportunity to ask a few questions about Nathan's design methods and inspirations, I hope you enjoy our little interview and a minute to leave a comment for your chance to win!

1.        What is your design philosophy?

The most important thing is living well with comfort and style.  So all of my designs need to not only look great, but be livable as well.

2.       What inspires you and drives your passion for design?

I’m constantly being inspired.  There’s inspiration all around us, you just have to be open to it.  I derive the most inspiration from travel.

3.       What jumpstarts each of your designs (color, fabric, furniture, etc.)?

I can be totally inspired by the architecture of a project & design comes of that. Or I can start with a color, or a single fabric & the whole room gets built around it.  It really just depends on the project.

4.       What do you hope people take away from reading your book?

I hope it inspires people to decorate, entertain, & have fun with design.  To realize that there really aren’t any rules to do things that make you feel good.  Hopefully they take away some ideas and inspiration as well.

5.       You dedicated this book to the woman in your life, how did they inspire you to seek a career in design?

They inadvertently inspired me to seek a career in design.   Both my grandmothers and my mother, although different, embodied the one thing that makes a great hostess, they had great style.  They knew how to graciously entertain and make people comfortable.  They make people want to come into their home for parties and dinner.  I watched that growing up & it was engrained in me.  I learned a lot from watching them.

6.       Your book is full of helpful tips for living well, what is your best tip for making a space come together completely (that finishing touch)?

The finishing touches are the most important thing.  It’s that last layer or two that people often forget or sadly they have depleted their budget.  It’s those finishing touches I call the “jewelry” of the project.  It’s the lamps, the table top accessories, & pillows…they should be personal and should reflect the person who bought them or who lives in the house.  It’s always those little things that make a room.

7.       What was the biggest challenge in writing this book?

Time.  I have so many different things going on from decorating, television, my store, & product line.  The book is very personal so I had to be 100% involved.  That’s the only way I wanted to do it.  So, the biggest challenge was setting aside a chunk of time aside every week to finish it.

8.       What inspired you to write a book, and one centered on casual living and entertaining?

I really wanted to do a book that embodied everything that I do including decorating, food, entertaining.  I wanted it to be more lifestyle than a decorator’s monograph.  When I met with Abrams they understood that immediately & they were the ones to push me to make it personal & to share my own life experience as well as my work.  I’m happy they did, because it literally feels likes a scrapbook of the last ten years of my life.
 










For a chance to win a copy of Nathan's book please leave a comment below telling us about your inspirations, for an additional chances to win you can tweet (easy to tweet just hit retweet at the bottom of the post), follow us here on the blog or on twitter or blog about our giveaway.  The winner will be chosen at random on January 28th, 2013.  
 
Please leave a separate comment for each entry.

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40 comments:

Miss Frangipani said...

I am inspired by the colours of India. In Goa, where I live, houses are adorned with beautiful primary colours - indigo, red, lemon yellow punctuated with white. The blue of the river and the sea with the colourful fishing boats in the distance adds a certain charm. Nature's palette is always inspiring - you can never go wrong with it.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/From Harvest To Table said...

This book sounds wonderful! I always inspire to live and entertain simply. Thank you for the chance to win.
Penny

Laura said...

Another example of great women behind the man.
Well done-
Would love to read the book.

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

I so agree, inspiration is everywhere! And even more so with the internet. If anything, my problem is that I have a hard time narrowing it all down! ... This book looks lovely!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

I'm happily following along! Thanks for all the inspiration!

Joanna said...

Love him on Million Dollar Decorators!

Tamra said...

Wow what a great giveaway!

I love watching Nathan on Million Dollar Decorators. Having turned a large barn into a home I really turn to books like this for ideas in mixing my rustic style with the elegant European finishes I love.

Thank you!

CiciBianca said...

Inspiration? Certainly Art, Nature and Fashion.

Splenderosa said...

Christina, what an interesting post and a great giveaway. Someone is going to be very happy. xx's

Karen Albert said...

Christina how wonderful. I am inspired by color; however how color mixes and brightens with neutrals, greige, dusky lavender, etc.

I would love reading this book while in rehab!

xoxo
Karena
New 2013 Artists Series

Karen Albert said...

Christina I also Tweeted the post for you!

xoxo
Karena
New 2013 Artists Series

arobinson said...

I love watching Nathan on Million Dollar Decorators! I am so excited to read his book.

Building Walnut Farm said...

Loved reading the interview and would enjoy reading the book!

French Basketeer.com said...

Would love to see (and win!) this book! I am inspired by authenticity....white porcelain, vintage gathering baskets, shiny vintage copper and rough linen twine and $1 honeysuckle soaps I found in France.

Melanie said...

My inspirations? Anything that makes me happy- being comfortable, content, beauty, things with a history or meaning. This book looks inspiring- thank you for a chance!

Melanie said...

I follow your lovely inspiring blog!

pallavi said...

I am inspired by the colors and textures of nature.

pallavi

Eliza said...

Would absolutely love to win this book! I am inspired by nature, particularly the seaside. Thank you for the generous offer.

Brenda said...

I am inspired by the people who have lived before me, my state and people and things that I come across in my everyday life. It's an eclectic mish-mush of gorgeousness and I luff it 11/10.

Anne Boykin said...

Thanks for the great give-away! I'm inspired by contrasts - of light and dark, old and new.

Elaine said...

My inspirations change which makes decorating and fluffing the nest fun! When I built the house 11 years ago, there was a slightly different look (as in more clutter mostly, i feel the need for Less now in my life) so in the process of editing and making some renovations (grey herringbone floor in the family room) and need 2 chairs to go wth the new couches but the splash of color in my Greige room is lavender (purple color in this room indicates prosperity!) and the interview affirms thhe importance of being surrounded by what you love but to be able to LIVE WELL in your home. Good luck with the book, Nathan.

Elaine said...

Tweeted too!

hmichelle said...

Books looks great. I was sorry to see he wasnt a regular this season MDD as I think he is a crack up!

hmichelle said...

Book looks great. Hope it does well.

cindy hattersley design said...

Of course I am already a follower! I am so happy Nathan has written a book . I love his style and the sense of normality he brings to MDD. This is a wonderful giveaway. I am going to link to it on my Facebook page

Christine Conte said...

Oh, I would so love to win this book. I really miss seeing Nathan full time on MDD.

Lois said...

this book is beautiful! i'm inspired by nature and natural textures - so meany beautiful things in these images!

Carolyn said...

Thanks for the great give-away. I'm inspired by so many things, but primarily nature and history and, admittedly, all the wonderful blogs out there.

foureyed said...

Pick me! My main design inspiration is found shopping with my sister's & girlfriend's.

Nikki said...

I am inspired by the colors of the countryside that I live in. Despite the obvious blues (sky), greens (fields and open land), browns (dirt, trees, rocks) I am seeing lots of red, rust, aqua, turquoise, yellow, gold, ochre, peach, lavender, deep purple...it's like my eyes have become more in tune with the world around me and I can hardly believe how beautiful it is since I have moved out here to a farm from the city!! I can't wait to read this book and if I don't win I plan to get it as soon as possible!

Carol said...

I find a lot of inspiration in books and magazines. The glossy photos of homes of people I will never meet but have graciously let me into anyways always gets the wheels turning. Even the smallest thing can make a huge impact on me sometimes.
Great give away !

Dabney said...

Beautiful, his rooms look comfortable and very livable.

sheepyhollow said...

Wonderful! I think Nathan's style looks lived-in... not sterile, like some of the crisp whites I've been seeing.

messalexa said...

Well, I must say that your blog is a huge inspiration for me but also tropical islands and coral reef. I like both, natural, calm, basic colors and vibrant, fresh, intensive one.

Eligonma said...

Tweeted:
https://twitter.com/Eligonma/status/294939312766734336

Heather Salazar said...

I find inspiration with old rusty finds, blogs, magazines and books.

Nothing is better than curling up with a cup of joe and a good decor book/magazine.

Thanks for hosting!

Heather

kathryn ferguson said...

My children's art has been the jumping off point for many of my design ideas.. I also love love walking into a room and moving toward the first thing to catch my eye....

Judy Polsky said...

I love color and nature, old and new and I love mixing it all work together in my home. Learning the rules of decorating is fun but breaking the rules is more fun. This book would be an inspiration to me......Judy

Peggy Parker said...

Flowers, nature, texture, rust - these things and many others inspire me! Knowing that something has survived the test of time is inspirational, as well. Nathan's book, from your preview, should prove to be filled with more inspiration!

SusieJue said...

love color inspired by nature with neutral background, thanks for a chance to win this fabulous book.
Susie Jue