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Richmond designer Janie Molster. Photo: Tasha Toliver

Molster infused an eclectic dining room with color. Photo: Mali Azima

Great Falls designer Lauren Liess. Photo: Helen Norman

Liess rehabbed a Great Falls dining room with a rustic-casual vibe. Photo: Helen Norman

Local Designers Tell All

New books demystify the art of décor

Janie Molster’s take on living with color and joy
Residences by acclaimed Richmond designer Janie Molster marry vibrant color, chic sophistication and a touch of glam. In House Dressing: Interiors for Colorful Living, Molster taps into 25 years of experience, showcasing projects ranging from country cottages and a riverside retreat to her own urban farmhouse, which she calls her “personal design lab.” Brimming with 220 eye-catching photographs, the 240-page book reveals strategies behind each project while offering advice on how to create your own perfect space—from achieving the right mix of new pieces and antiques to selecting impactful paint treatments and working with color, pattern and texture in interiors that are both bold and serene. September 2021; The Monacelli Press. $50.

Lauren Liess on the art and soul of décor
Design guru Lauren Liess, who takes a simple, organic and down-to-earth approach to creating beautiful, functional spaces, explores our emotional connection to home in her latest book, Feels Like Home: Relaxed Interiors for a Meaningful Life. Embracing themes of comfort, calm, excitement, belonging, love and more, Liess shares case studies of a beach cottage, a farmhouse, a home in the woods, a Spanish Colonial and others. Each case study explores design elements such as proportion, color and scale while also honing in on the emotional link between a home and its owner. The 288-page book showcases 150 striking color photographs by Helen Norman. October 2021; Abrams Books. $40.



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