The Artisan Bookshelf: Kim Parker Home

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Remember when everyone was clamoring to be the new Martha? Instead of just one uber-maven of the domestic and decorative arts, we’ve seen a whole plethora of talented designers, chefs, sustainable lifestyle guides, and experts come to the fore with aesthetic gifts and business smarts.

In the design realm, Kim Parker is one of the best. A classically trained musician turned textile designer, Parker aims to help you create an “interior garden” with her graphic, modern floral pillows, rugs, dinnerware, fabrics and prints.

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Kim Parker Home offers a window into the design process – she improvises with water-based paints, and the freedom and joy of her method are evident in the results – and are completely contagious. Parker also makes brilliant and liberal use of flea-market finds, recovering, reclaiming and boldly mixing cultures and eras. This book is a must-have if you love intoxicating, pretty floral print and textile design, if you’re looking for inspiration for flea-market and thrift-shop decorating, or if you simply enjoy reading about how successful artists find their creative spark and thrive.

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