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Susanna Salk

Susanna Salk is a designer, stylist, stager as well as the author of many best-selling design books. Her first was the unexpected hit, “A Privileged Life, Celebrating WASP Style” (Assouline) which stemmed from her upbringing on Boston’s North Shore. Her next books celebrated design, from the personal weekend spaces of style makers in “Weekend Retreats” to “Room for Children: Stylish Spaces for Sleep and Play,” which was the first book of its kind to explore design for the junior set. “Be Your Own Decorator: Taking Cues and Confidence from Today’s Leading Designers” (Rizzoli) followed, inspiring people to take design into their own hands. Her 2013 debut of “C.Z. Guest: American Style Icon,” (Rizzoli) was the first pictorial book on the iconic style of C.Z. Guest. “Decorate Fearlessly! Using Whimsy, Confidence and a Dash of Surprise to Create Personal Spaces,” (Rizzoli, 2014) explored the power and panache rooms can have when decorated with confidence instead of rules and “It’s the Little Things: Creating Big Moments In Your Home Through the Stylish Small Stuff” (Rizzoli, 2016) focused on the big power of the little moments in rooms.

In her new book, "The Power of Pattern: Interiors and Inspiration," Susanna Salk turns her focus to patterns, celebrating their versatility and creative possibilities, from a dash of colorful pattern in the entryway to the whimsy of a uniquely upholstered chair in the dining room or a luxuriously textured bedroom curtain. A practical primer on the many motifs available—“Nature”, “Animal”, “Floral”, “Ikat”, “Chinoiserie”, “Stripes”, and “Toile” are some of the chapters—this volume presents myriad versions of each, with inspiring examples of how to decorate with them. Salk also provides tips on how to use pattern in a particular space—for example, stripes create the illusion of a bigger room, and floral patterns look modern and bold (not fussy) when used on a big scale in bright colors.