Baby's Guide to The Decoration of Houses by Edith Wharton: A Complete Look

I know it's been a long time since I've posted an update...Life has been busy! And I have been busy making all sorts of new delightful bookish items. And doing fun things with my baby, of course.

I am redesigning my baby book line, and in that process this gem was born: Baby's Guide to The Decoration of Houses by Edith Wharton, A House Primer. I'm sort of an Edith Wharton nut, if you didn't know that already. Even though I love lots and lots of books, I would willingly say that she is my favorite author.

The Decoration of Houses was the first book she ever wrote. It is not a work of fiction, but rather a guide book on the best way to decorate one's home. As she says: "The only cure is to decorate one's inner house so richly that one is content there."

Though some aspects of her advice are dated (the book was written circa 1920), there are many ideas that are timeless. For instance, she maintains that simple color schemes and rich artwork are the key to an inviting room.

My cover design was inspired by the first edition of the book; I found this edition so beautiful when I first discovered it that I just had to create a line of bookish items to resemble it.

I must say, however, that this baby book is my favorite one.

In my Baby's Guide to The Decoration of Houses I have created a simplified and condensed version of Wharton's book, with illustrations of the key aspects of a home and corresponding quotes from the text.

The pages are my hand-painted illustrations printed onto cotton fabric, making a durable and unique gift for your baby. This book is just the perfect way to teach your child about home decorating! And with a simply vital quote about books:

It is best to use them as part of the decorative treatment of the walls.

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