The Pretty and Proper Living Room





I love getting new design books, but I was especially thrilled to have this beautiful book by a family friend, Holly Holden.  The Holdens moved into the town I grew up in, Farmington, CT when I was younger, and into my favorite historic house! Holly Holden has impeccable taste and her book reflects that completely.








The emphasis of the book is “old school”  and traditional design and it really speaks to the old school prepster in me.  Especially the monogrammed handkerchief.  Pink.






This book is FULL of great tips or “sensible suggestions” about decorating, i.e. don’t put picture frames on a coffee table or this one, about poodles.  The pictures makes me smile and remind me of where I grew up.





Just having this book on my coffee table makes me want to add more pink into my life.  Pretty trim right?!





Like I said, this book has SO many practical tips.  Here is a whole page check list of must haves.  Other pages have information on cachepots, Herend China (love!), and needlepoint pillows.




Be sure to check out the “Forbidden Faux Pas” sections–there are many.  They are easy (and pink) little guidelines to follow so you don’t do anything embarrassing at a party (not that I would), or put an accessory in the wrong room.


I love the emphasis on using antiques, accessories that have history, and traditional design that never goes out of style.  Follow The Pretty & Proper Living Room on Facebook or if you’re in the Hartford/Farmington area, check out the book signing at the New Britain Museum of Art on October 10th at 5:30!  Thanks so much to Holly Holden for my book–I’m just in love with it!  Check out her website for more info and go buy her book–and some pink!



Alicia B.