Sandra Espinet has come out with a new book and we were lucky enough to get an advanced copy!
Sandra reads our blog and asked us if we could review her book???
Let me say that again. She asked us to review her book.
I'm not sure what part shocked me the most -- the part about how she reads our blog or the fact that she wanted US to review it.
Seriously. Ann has only left the country three times (if you count Jamaica). I need a Xanax to get on a plane, so what do we know? Should I mention that when we went to London, Ann thought it would be a good idea to fight jet lag by getting up at 3 am every morning prior to the trip and therefore, slept through the double decker bus tour? Perhaps she can give Sandra some tips.
Maybe she wanted us to read it because we aren't well traveled and she could enlighten us with her amazing adventures and finds from all over the world? Well, enlighten us, she did. Our copy arrived a few days ago and it has been tough to put it down (I should mention that it looks great on a coffee table too). Not only is it fascinating to read about her adventures and how she came across the furnishings, art and accessories with which she fills client's homes, but the photography is simply stunning. Her ability to layer each space gives us all something to strive for.It goes without saying that most of the homes she touches are in exotic locales, but she truly makes the reader (designer or homeowner) believe that they too can add eclectic finds to give their home a well-traveled look. She gives insight as to how to allow a culture to inspire and how that translates into design.
The thing that sets Sandra apart from us (and those that are ordering their finds from other sources) is that she is out in the world-- scouring the markets from Marrakesh to Mexico.
...and on one trip rode a camel into the marketplace in India. Can. You. Imagine. Her book actually takes you there.She is a nomad and tells of her adventures traipsing across the world in flip flops and a beat up Birkin bag. A girl after my own heart. At least we have the flip flops in common.
My favorite part of the book is perusing through the gorgeous images shot by photographer Hector Velazco and noting each and every detail. Each piece she selects has a story which makes every space unique telling the story of her travels.