Interior designer’s book features rooms that tell stories
Interior designer’s book features rooms that tell stories

I like interesting stories and I like interesting homes. I also like to believe I tell the former and have the latter. (Don’t we all?) So, when a book titled “Authentic Interiors: Rooms That Tell Stories” (Gibbs Smith, March 2024) hit my radar, I thought, “Shazam! My worlds collide!”

I dove into the 224-page, picture-rich hardcover, then rang up the author, interior designer Philip Gorrivan, to see if I could divine the secret to designing rooms that tell not just stories, but our stories. (Face it. Despite what they say, a lot of designers tell their stories.)

In his introduction, Gorrivan cites the 20th-century designer David Hicks, who said, “The best rooms have something to say about the people who live in them.” The book then goes on to feature 14 client-inspired projects, including the author’s own home.

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