Sunday, February 26, 2012

Who Doesn't Love Phoebe?

I sigh when I think about Phoebe Howard.  I think I even have a design crush on Phoebe.  I met her when I was in the Atlanta store, but I don't think Phoebe would remember me if I fell out of the sky.  Phoebe was working in the store that day and I just happened to meet her at the front as I was leaving.  She was lovely, gracious and very personable.  Why didn't I take a picture of us together?  Chat with her a bit longer?  Ask her some questions about her business, her style, anything?  

Well, I will have you know that this morning while I was having my cup of coffee, I really had a one-on-one with Phoebe.  I did!  I really feel like I haven't gotten to know my new BFF!  The only bummer is that Phoebe still doesn't know me at all.  You see, I woke up early on my Sunday morning with her brand new book.  One of my favorite clients ordered a signed copy for me, thank you Jana!  I've had a super busy week and my goal was to devour the book uninterrupted.  So, I finally got my chance this morning.  I was not disappointed!

 Phoebe tells it like it is right from the first page and shares her story.  As a teen, her parents divorced and she lived with her Aunt Myra who had a knack for decorating.  She realized the power our surroundings can have on a person when her Aunt Myra decorated her room and she found that there, her healing began. 

 Fast forward...  Her husband, Mr. Howard, had a business in architectural interiors and decorating. While Phoebe spent her early years raising their children she kept an eye open on the world of design.  In spite of the fact that Phoebe has never had any formal design training, in 1996, she and her husband bought an old, condemned building and turned it into the first Mrs. Howard store.  There, she honed her skills, perfected her craft, and the rest is history! 

The design inspiration is this book is absolutely wonderful. 

Who wouldn't love to call this their own?

  She has used seven themes to illustrate her style in her book.  Inviting, Inspiring, Timeless, Graceful, Tranquil, Casual and Comfortable.  This book is more than a coffee table book, it's a reference book for design and details.  Bravo Phoebe!  But one last thing, can you come to Washington DC for a book signing?  


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1 comment:

  1. You are just too adorable...and I love you ;)