Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Joy of Decorating with Phoebe Howard

I was so excited to receive an advance copy of designer Phoebe Howard's new book, The Joy of Decorating, Southern Style with Mrs. Howard. Like so many of you, I'm a fan of Phoebe's work. I'm so admiring of how much she and her husband, Jim, have accomplished over the last few years. But I do admit that I'm a little biased. Phoebe and Jim live in my building, and I consider them to be fun neighbors and friends too.

Pardon the pun, but Phoebe's book is a real "joy" to read. The photos of Phoebe's timeless interiors are full of design inspiration, but more importantly to me, they're daydream-inducing as well. It's not hard to imagine oneself in one of Phoebe's pink bedrooms or Chinoiserie inspired living rooms. I've selected a few of the book's photos to show below including one of Phoebe and Jim's Galley Kitchen in their Atlanta pied-à-terre. (Let's just say that my galley kitchen is a far cry from theirs!) But please don't overlook the text. Writer Susan Sully has done a great job at conveying Phoebe's thoughts on the design process.

Phoebe has offered The Peak of Chic readers a 20% discount off the retail price if you purchase from her website. (Click
here to be taken to the correct page.) Make sure to use coupon code POCJOD. And another bonus if you buy the book on her website: a paint chart that lists Phoebe's favorite paint colors will be included. I can already tell that this will be a valuable tool the next time I paint my home.

here to see a list of cities that Phoebe will be visiting on her book tour.


  1. That's a great pink bathroom decorated with palm trees and butterflies.

  2. Phoebe is such a delightful woman and a talented designer. Great post!

  3. An amazingly talented couple. Southern design has a depth and richness not found in So. Cal. Love the colors. Thanks. Mary

  4. We are hopping over right now to Mrs. Howard's to reserve our book. Thanks for the great news.