Drumroll Please…. Cover Reveal & PRE-ORDER!!!!!

Thank you SO much for all your amazing comments and support yesterday.  It really blew my mind and made my cry a couple times. You are a very special group of people, and I appreciate the not one person called me a hot mess. Truly.

And now we can move onto something REALLY exciting- MY BOOK! (Pre-order HERE!)

I signed my deal with Simon & Schuster (the best publishing team ever, by the way) in January of 2013 and somehow, some way it’s now time to reveal the cover and open up for pre-orders!  It’s been an incredible experience chock full of blood (I ripped off a toenail when moving a bed at a shoot), sweat (lugging accessories, flowers and sometimes 500 books in and out of shoots and up countless flights of stairs) and and tears (“I’m never going to get this done! My book is going to suck!”)

But now it’s done. And while it’s not HERE yet (it’ll be out the first week of October) my part is completed.  I still don’t believe it’ll actually be a real book, like on shelves and stuff.  It’s too surreal for me to actually cross that giant goal off my bucket list this soon in my career.  But alas, I will rejoice a little today. And share a bit of the book making experience with you. But first, meet my book:

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(image by Michael J. Lee design by Jennifer K. Beal Davis)

Oh, and the spine is striped too- with gold foil lettering and of course the end papers will be leopard. But you probably guessed that already. :) I think that spine will look so SICK on a bookshelf! :)

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It a mixture of a mini-memoir and design guide, showcasing personal essays (like yesterdays) with hundreds of images of my work you haven’t seen before.  It’s organized by rooms in the home, so, for example, the bedroom has an essay about marriage and then entry one about the stressful choice to move from the city to the burbs. I really, really hope you like it.

But if you think picking a cover for your own book is easy think again. I think Jenny, my book designer, and I had about 100 versions using different pictures, jackets over hardcover, paper over board, detail shots versus vignettes. I’m not going to show a lot of them because then I’d be showing too many of the pictures I’ve worked SO hard to keep secret (it’s been very hard not to share with you!!!) But here are some of the other variations on our theme…

We started with this one- I had it in my head that I really wanted the title up the side- a little different, you know. The image was shot by the fab Michael Partenio, who shot a couple spaces for the book.  This concept is paper over board (like the Domino book). I love gold foil lettering and this version had it, but subtly. We all thought this would be a slam dunk. But it wasn’t.  The publisher found it too hard to read with my name too small. They also felt the image was too busy. But they loved the stripe spine.


We also looked at doing a jacket over a hardcover briefly- but felt that this book shouldn’t have a jacket as it’s more than just a coffee table book.  The jacket felt fancy.

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(Michael J. Lee)

But damn, how cute would this hardcover have been in white and gold under the jacket?


Same here- another jacket pairing.  This client’s home looked amazing but I felt that since the book was rather personal, the cover should be my own house.

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(Michael J. Lee)


So we were back at paper over board, and then this black background with an inset image became a favorite of the publisher. But I didn’t love it, even though the gold letters were killer and bold.  It just didn’t feel right and I had to push back.


So I re-shot the vignette with Michael J. Lee in a more simple and serene palette. I loved it. It felt very me and a mix of a lot of my favorite things.  I tried to get the title up the side again, but no dice. :)


Then this version, very close the the final, which I LOVED but the gold lettering got too lost in the image. DRAT.


So we went back to the black background the publisher liked and the version we ended up picking.  We were torn. I was literally writhing on the ground trying to decide.  But in the end I felt this was a little heavy and serious and the picture too hard to see. So we went the the brighter, full bleed cover you saw above! DONE.


I hope you like it when you get it October 7th.  I will be doing a little book tour with signings in October so I hope I can finally meet all you awesome folks who have supported me, pushed me and made me laugh over the years.


  1. Ordered! Thank you for your great post yesterday (and everyday) I really look forward to reading your blog, it’s the highlight of my mornings!

  2. Truth be told, I’ve never been to a book signing, but if you make it out to California, I’ll be there. I’ve been reading your blog for quite some time and always appreciate the break in my morning. Best of luck on your book. And Congratulations. It’s quite an achievement.

  3. Thrilling! I think the final cover decision was the bestest one. I am definitely pre-ordering, and am going to be beside myself with excitement about it and for you until it comes out. And then I’ll still be so happy! Good for YOU!


  4. Count me in for your Boston area book signing. Just pre-ordered. Your blog has been a GIFT to me for years. Thank you for your honesty and your impeccable eye. Congrats on the completion of a book — what an amazing accomplishment!

  5. Looks amazing! Can’t wait to see the finished product! (although, can’t believe you’re making me look forward to october already after this winter…)

  6. This is the perfect “happy” to myself!!! This is amazing and such a testament to the great work you do and the great visual environment you inspire your readers with. You ROCK ERIN!!!

  7. i love it. i love the gold, the leopard, the stripes… i love it all. i cant remember the last time i preordered a book, but you better believe i just preordered this one!

    and PLEASE come to los angeles for a book signing in october! barring october 25th – when i will be getting MARRIED – ill be there :)

    mazel tov!

  8. You had me at the spine! Just pre-ordered. Chicago is gorgeous that time of year for a book signing!

  9. Amazing, amazing, amazing! I found it so interesting to read about the process of selecting images for and designing the cover – thanks for sharing this little peek into part of your publishing process. I cannot wait for my copy to arrive!

  10. Wow, I just pre-ordered and you are now #1 on the best seller list! Oprah, honey, you better step aside. ;-)

  11. So very PROUD of you and happy for you. Eager to read the book, Erin! And may I just remind you… YOU DID IT! You are not dreaming. Oprah… look out!


  12. Congratulations! It’s beautiful! Can’t wait to read it. Come to Los Angeles for your book tour!!

  13. Ordering pronto. The cover couldn’t be more “you,” Erin, and me too – ha! It’s perfect – you absolutely made the right decision. I will drive to see you in October and cannot wait to read cover to cover. I’m thrilled for you – congratulations!

  14. I can’t believe we have to wait until October! I can’t wait!!!! EEK! Congratulations, this is SO exciting and thrilling! We love your work and your blog, couldn’t be happier for you. Blogged the link for the pre-order today to share – you are one of our favs!! CONGRATS! SOAK IT UP!!! woo hoo!!!

  15. I must say, I think you picked the PERFECT cover! It’s gorgeous! Congratulations on your enormous achievement!!

  16. I loved seeing your progression of ideas for the cover and inside pages. You definitely chose a winner! Love the concept of the book, too. Congrats, Erin! And great job today at Boston Design Center!

  17. Got it! I hope you are making a stop in NYC! Congrats – can’t wait to get it in October!

  18. Love the journey of the cover.
    There is so much gold in that vignette, you needn’t worry – it still feels very E.G.
    Congrats and looking forward to October 7th.

  19. I’m SURE you’ve already noticed this, but you’re already #1 in two of Amazon’s decorating categories! You passed up Domino in Interior Design books. Congratulations! Can’t wait to get mine.

  20. Wow! What an achievement, you must be floating. Although I don’t get to read your blog as often as I would like, I still admire your work. Congrats.

  21. Congratulations and absolutely perfect!! After reading through all the choices I can totally see why you selected the one that you did. I will be pre-ordering several. I’m so excited for you. You deserve to revel in this joy!!!!!!!!

  22. Congratulations – everything looks perfect! I cannot wait to show this book off in my home ~ pre-ordered!!

  23. Just discovered your gorgeous world via Pam at Simple details and I am really looking forward to getting my mitts on a copy of your beautiful new book Erin.

  24. Congratulations!!!
    “It does not matter how slow you go, as long as you do not stop.”
    Keep up your good work on all fronts. There are more people in your boat than you can even imagine….worry won’t change anything, but as a lifelong worrier, I know that is easier said than done.
    Be proud of yourself and power on…..

  25. Just ordered! Love the cover. It looks fantastic!! Definitely YOU! I cannot wait to receive it!! So much I want to see. Hope you come to Houston!!!!

  26. Ordered your book. It will look amazing on my living room coffee table!
    Have been with you since 2008 and have not missed a post. Let’s see.. your book comes out in October…winter is coming…I see a book signing in Palm Beach/West Palm….and I will be there. Congratulations Erin….you are lovely and amazing.

  27. Just bought your new book and am so excited for you! Make sure Nashville is on your book tour–we will be there. Bring Andrew–it has been years since I’ve seen him, and we would love to host you about town.

  28. So so excited to get my hands on your book. Congrats on how well it’s doing. You’re such an inspiration. Got a cute leopard cardigan in the mail today and thought of you. Don’t work for Stitch Fix, but just have to say how much fun to have a stylist pick some selections to send me…Have you heard of it? Wish you were my stylist! Maybe a post on how to wear animal prints in Spring in your future? Am feeling like maybe the sweater is a little too wintery? But you would know what to do. A fun springy scarf? Help!

  29. Ordered! Huge congrats to you, Erin. Your blog has been an inspiration for years. I can’t wait for the Oct book release–and the Boston book signing! Enjoy!!

  30. when I saw your cover I immediately thought how brilliant it would look on the top of a book stack. but now seeing the back cover I may just have to carry it around with me. Many congratulations – can’t wait!!!

  31. Not that I need another coffee table book, really, or another home decorating book at that, but I feel like I must have yours. Blogs are weird like that – I feel like I know you though we’ve never met. Maybe some day when I’m making mega bucks I’ll be bale to hire you and meet you! ha ha CONGRATS!! And you picked the right cover! Can’t wait to read the book!:)

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