When Rebecca Atwood’s new book first landed in our office, the consensus was the same across the board: “That’s a really beautiful book.” With one of the textile designer’s signature patterns gracing the cover and a vibrant, poppy hue contrasting the page edges — Living With Pattern truly is, well, beautiful. Then you open it and realize that in this case, judging a book by it’s cover is just fine once in awhile.
In her debut publication, Rebecca covers the basics about incorporating color, texture, and pattern into your own home, room by room. With beautiful photography by Emily Johnston, it’s a must for any design lover. Below, Rebecca tells us a bit about the creative process — from the initial idea to seeing it all come to life. And, because we believe every stylish home should have both this book AND a bit of pattern, Rebecca is giving one lucky Rue reader a dream prize package. Details below!
Hi Rebecca! We’d love to know, what sparked the idea for a book?
This book began when another publisher approached me about writing a book. They were looking for something like Lena Corwin’s beautiful book, Made by Hand. I didn’t think I would be the best person to write that kind of book because while I make things, coming up with a book of 50 projects wasn’t something I was as interested in. This conversation, however, sparked thinking about writing a book. Emily Johnston, who I work with frequently on photography and photographed my book, had just wrapped up shooting Anne Sage’s book. Anne connected me with her agent Kim, who then asked me a lot of questions. She wanted to know what I was about. I said “livable pattern” and that was the beginning of the book. Pattern is an amazing tool for telling your personal story, but often people are overwhelmed by it. I wanted to demystify pattern, and also show how it doesn’t need to be loud and overwhelming but can be quiet, moody, sophisticated, serene, bookish, historical–really anything you feel reflects who you are. The possibilities are endless. This felt like the book I was supposed to write. I wanted to offer inspiration, ideas, really helpful tips, and just a few projects.
What can readers expect to find within the pages?
This book is 288 pages of inspiration! The beginning is a primer that covers the basics on what you need to know to work with color, texture, and pattern. Then part two gets into the home. We go room by room, starting with the entryway and ending with the bedroom, and talk about pattern’s purpose in those spaces and how to make it work to create the environment you want. We visited 22 homes around the country and all of the homes were either those of creatives or designed by amazing interior designers I love that create very personal spaces. The last part of the book has projects and a resource guide. The projects are things that I live with in my home and range on skill level. Most of all, I think that readers will find themselves inspired to create a space that truly reflects their personal story.
What is the most exciting part of seeing the project come to life?
The most exciting part of this project is knowing that it will be a true resource for people that they can turn to over time. So much went into creating this book, and I love seeing it all come together, but mostly I am excited for people to start using the book!
Want to bring a little pattern to your life? Rebecca is giving one lucky reader a signed copy of the book, and your choice of one of her new throws and a 20″x20″ pillow! All you have to do is sign up here. Then, head over to Instagram and post your favorite space that has pattern in it using the hashtag #RueLivingWithPattern, tagging @rebecca_atwood and @ruemagazine. Good luck!