Wednesday, September 9, 2009
If you are a Betty Lou Phillips fan , she has a new website where you can keep up with her numerous projects, books and products. The reigning queen of French & Italian design inspiration publications and I share the same publisher, Gibbs Smith Publisher.
When I began writing my first book and looking for publishers I went through my personal library and selected many of the books that I enjoyed the most and wanted to emulate. Several of them were Betty Lou's books and they led me to send my proposal to Gibbs Smith. So I really owe her a debt of gratitude for unknowingly leading me to my publisher.
Her work is classic, timeless and meticulously detailed and I am in awe of her soft treatments. The quality of workmanship is always superb.
I don't really have a favorite among her books - to me each one has it's own unique charm.
The one constant in all of her work is the timeless quality of the interiors. They could have been designed twenty years ago or twenty years from now. They are comfortable, elegant and soothing.
Her beds are all dressed to perfection and her draperies are luscious.
Antiques abound and add depth and character to her rooms
I've not yet met her in person. I had a weird notion when I began to write that authors, under the same publisher, would get together at book shows and sip champagne cocktails while discussing the current landscape of the design scene. Just one of the many misconceptions I had about what becoming a published author would be like!!! But thanks to the wonders of the internet I have exchanged a couple of emails with a few of them. I'll try to see what Ms. Phillips is working on next and let you know. In the meantime visit her beautiful website and tell her, Jackie sent you.