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About the Book



Beautiful design isn't just pleasant to look at; it improves the quality of our lives. It helps foster the traditions, rituals, and ceremonies we create in our homes. In Live Beautiful, the highly anticipated design book by Athena Calderone, the EyeSwoon creator taps into her network of interior decorators, fashion designers, and tastemakers to reveal how carefully crafted interiors come together. She also opens the doors to two of her own residences. With each homeowner, Calderone explores the initial spark of inspiration that incited the design journey and the deeply personal objects, stories, and references that accompanied it. She then breaks down the details of the rooms-like layered textures and patterns, collected pieces, and customized vignettes-and offers helpful tips and advice on how to bring these elevated elements into your own space. Filled with gorgeous photography by Nicole Franzen, Live Beautiful is both a showpiece of exquisite design and a guide to creating a home that's unique and thoughtfully put together.



Book Synopsis



From celebrated design expert and interior designer Athena Calderone, a look into how creatives decorate their spaces

Beautiful design isn't just pleasant to look at; it improves the quality of our lives. In Live Beautiful, the highly anticipated design book by Athena Calderone, the EyeSwoon creator taps into her international network of interior decorators, fashion designers, and tastemakers to reveal how carefully crafted interiors come together. She also opens the doors to two of her own residences.

With each homeowner, Calderone explores the initial spark of inspiration that incited their design journey. She then breaks down the details of the rooms--like layered textures and patterns, collected pieces, and customized vignettes--and offers helpful tips on how to bring these elevated elements into your own space. Filled with gorgeous photography by Nicole Franzen, Live Beautiful is both a showpiece of exquisite design and a guide to creating a home that's thoughtfully put together.



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"Athena has masterfully curated a collection of truly remarkable examples of beauty meeting pragmatism. This book is so full of inspiration it almost feels like cheating when you realize she has given you the clues to replicate each stunning project. I will forever use this as a source for all my design dreams, both the practical and elaborate."
--Olivia Wilde

"Athena's beautiful book is a testament to her incredible skill set. The true talent of a designer is to not just create a beautiful and functional space, but recognize something special and individual, based on those who will be living there. This is so true of Athena. Each space displayed in her book shows an innate understanding of the individual, and despite each being completely distinctive, Athena recognizes the beauty of the uniqueness. The more time I spend reading, the more I learn that there is no design rule book as to what something should be. Athena's book is a true exploration of what it can be."
--Naomi Watts

"Athena brings her exquisite curatorial eye to everything she does, and this book is no exception. Live Beautiful is a voyeuristic adventure that I honestly devoured at the same pace as some of my favorite novels!"
--Emma Roberts "founder of Belletrist"

"Athena not only Lives Beautiful, but she Teaches Beautiful. This book is filled with her wisdom, insight, and direction on how to create and curate a space that will always feel like home."
--Bobby Berk "interior designer and star of Netflix's Queer Eye"

"I don't know how Athena does it. I just know that I can't. At least this book might help."
--Laura Brown "Editor-in-Chief of InStyle"

"If you're looking to become deeply inspired and fall in love with design all over again, this is the book. There is something so ethereal about Athena and everything she does--and this book is no exception. Not only are her own spaces beyond divine, she found the same kind of magic in so many others' homes that we are lucky enough to peek into. Athena knows how to break the mold and I am forever inspired by her work."
--Amber Lewis "founder of Amber Interiors Design Studio"

"In her inherently articulate and swoonworthy way, Athena unpacks the collective beauty of the diverse interiors in this book and distills it through her personal and highly passionate lens to offer the strategic hows and whys of the creative design journey. A truly inviting celebration of beautiful spaces."
--Kelly Wearstler "founder of Kelly Wearstler Interior Design"



About the Author



Athena Calderone is the creator of the lifestyle site EyeSwoon and author of the James Beard award-winning cookbook Cook Beautiful. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Dimensions (Overall): 9 Inches (H) x 1 Inches (W) x 6 Inches (D)
Weight: 1 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 256
Genre: Art
Sub-Genre: General
Publisher: ABRAMS
Format: Hardcover
Author: Athena Calderone
Language: English
Street Date: June 22, 2021
TCIN: 79489000
UPC: 9781419742804
Item Number (DPCI): 059-01-6232
Origin: Made in the USA
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Estimated ship weight: 3.4 pounds
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4.8 out of 5 stars with 36 reviews
91% would recommend
12 recommendations

How is this rated so highly?

3 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
Alexandra - 12 days ago
If you’re into eclectic modernism with a dash of pretentiousness, then this is the book for you. The book covers a series of families and their homes - all which seem to be devoid of warmth and actual relatability. Some homes are very minimalist (which is fine) but so much to the point where you’re not sure if you’re looking at a home or some sort of modern museum…? A few others just seem so random and unbelievably cluttered, so much that I had to anxiously skip through that part because it was just too much. Needless to say this will not be joining my collection. I’m not sure how this book has so many positive reviews… but to each their own. Before ordering online, I recommend viewing it at your local library or bookstore so that you’re not as disappointed as I was. Or maybe you’ll love it! Who knows. It definitely looks pretty as a coffee table book but I can’t justify keeping it just for that. I can draw absolutely no inspiration from it but perhaps someone else will.
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Live beautiful book

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Target mum - 4 months ago, Verified purchaser
Beautiful book aesthetically pleasing to decorate as well
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Perfect neutral coffee table book!

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Ashley G - 11 months ago, Verified purchaser
Such a beautiful, neutral coffee table book! It went perfect with the other neutral books I currently have on display. I love to flip through the pages for further inspiration in my home. Sometimes looking online for photos gets boring, and it’s nice to look at pictures in books.
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Beautiful!

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Mom2threeOH - 1 year ago
The best and most beautiful coffee table book! It is not only stylish but has some great decorating tips. Highly recommend, and it’s on sale so even better!!
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Love this book

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Victoria - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
Great neutral book for home decor. Love it to go with all my tan/neutral decor, which is hard to find!
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Love it

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
IrCALove - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
Beautiful for decor and to stack with other books. I love the neutral colors, looks perfect on coffee table or console table.
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Great decor book

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
ME - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
Great neutral book for stacking with others for decor!
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Beautiful Book

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Van - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
Great resource for design as well as a beautiful coffee table book.
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Nice purchase!

3 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Mamas - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
Loved the book but the corners were folded inward. Only reason why I gave it 3 stars. I wanted it for decor I wish I could purchase in-store to pick the one I prefer.
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Beautiful, but mostly "high-end" designs

4 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Christine - 2 years ago
Beautiful book with varied styles of interiors by many designers. I can appreciate and learn from the many styles in this book, but as a whole these design styles are more like high-end fashion; a lot of runway fashion would be too expensive, impractical, and a little too wild even, for every day use and that’s how I view most of the homes pictured in this book. I like the format, however, of a little backstory on a designer and then photos of their home with shorter bouts of tips/useful advice.
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Perfect Coffee Table Book!

5 out of 5 stars
cdmoore727 - 3 years ago, Verified purchaser
It is beautiful! Also, it arrived quickly and was packaged well.
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Must buy and must read

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Lenerts - 3 years ago, Verified purchaser
One of the best interior design books!
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5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Maricel Ze - 4 years ago
Great book and makes for beautiful decor on a console/coffee table.
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