After three long years of working on my second book, I am beyond excited to finally reveal the cover of Elements of Family Style: Elegant Spaces for Everyday Life , which will be released April 2nd! It focuses mainly on how to live with kids without losing your own personal sense of style and love for beautiful things- and is full of spaces by not only myself, but a few other designers as well, just to mix things up a bit! It has the same vibe as the first book and also some personal essays on motherhood, infertility, pregnancy and such. I’m very proud of this book and even though the pressure of a follow up is immense, I think this book delivers.
Deciding on the design was REALLY hard given the success and visibility of the first book’s easy-to-spot-anywhere striped spine. I wanted this book to have the same visibility and notable design, but be very, very different, as I am not only in a very different place in life but also designing in a different way. And when I thought about this book as a decorative object, as I like to do with books, I thought about what I like to use as accessories in a home and it hit me– I always love to add a piece of blue and white Chinoiserie-style pottery in just about any design. And so while I considered animal print, greek key and other patterns for the spine, this felt right for what this book is about and how my look has evolved.
Paired with my first book, I think there is balance in the strength of the design. I tried a neutral greek key option, which I initially thought would be the winner, but it felt too soft and too easy to miss.
The home featured on the cover, photographed by Michael J. Lee, is not mine but rather a a room I designed for a client, and this was also a debate seeing how personal my books tend to be. But in the end, this whole combination felt right. This is the wider shot of the room, showing the lantern that had to be photoshopped out for the title to be read clearly and some large art on the wall. You can better see more details like the custom roman shade and mantle refresh (we changed out the surround). This room speaks to me as an elegant, classy space that looks great but also functions beautifully for this young family with two small boys. It’s open to their kitchen and really acts as a hub of the home.
It may look “fancy” but what I loved about this image, beyond its crisp, classic good looks, is that it spoke to how most of my clients (and readers) live and decorate. A mash up of high end/custom items and affordable finds as well as re-used furniture from past homes or inherited pieces. I notated the image below to explain:
It’s a totally accessible design that is also tough enough to withstand kids but pretty enough to entertain in. In short, exactly what this book is about! Another fun aspect of this room is the HUGE transformation it made… from this dark, stiff, heavily traditional room into a light, bright open space!
I really hope you love how it looks, and will love what is inside too! You can pre-order the book NOW on Amazon as well as Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, Indiebound and ebook format!
Thank you for all your support of my first book and excitement surrounding this next one. :) I hope you love it!
blue is absolutely amazing. offers elegance
I’m just thrilled that you put my print on your spine. It is such a honor to have my Chinoiserie Toile used in such a way! I can’t wait for the release!
Awesome, just awesome. Love the choice of pattern/color for the binding!
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Hi Erin, when does your book come out? I will add it to my Christmas list! Also, awhile back you mentioned wanting to help readers with a design problem they might be having. Will you still be doing that?
Congratulations! What a huge achievement. It must feel pretty good to have “NYT bestselling author” next to your name! Now only have to wait til April…..
Just ordered on Amazon! I can’t wait to have it in my arsenal along with your first book! I have been a fan of yours for years! Kids are all grown but hope for grandchildren in the next few years.
Even with no kids, who doesn’t appreciate a pretty but practical homer? So happy you address REAL life living at reasonable price points. Congrats Erin!
It’s fantastic! Well done and well deserved! And I can’t wait to read it. Congratulations!
Congratulations Erin, the book is beautiful and I’m looking forward to reading it. Are you planning a book tour? You signed my copy of your first book at Jonathan Adler in DC and I’m hoping to get your signature on this one too!
Just when I thought you couldn’t get any better, you TOTALLY out did yourself! Ha. I absolutely love your beautiful book, Erin. Love the cover, love the spine, love the title! Can’t wait to have it in my new home and enjoy reading every morsel of it. :)
I can’t wait to see your new book, Erin. With all that has been going on in your life I have no idea how you ever found the time to write another book. Well done !!
Blue and White…BRILLIANT!! franki
I thinks it’s another hit. Many people will appreciate this honest approach. Heartfelt congrats Erin!
Did a sharp intake when I read you were revealing the cover !! The blue and white is perfect – congratulations Erin, love everything you do (for us!!). Xxxx
I am beyond excited to open this new book after the cover appeared in my Instagram Feed. How truly special that I have celebrated holidays, birthdays, and so many just because afternoons in this very space with my brother in law and sister in law, husband, and all of our children. It truly is a space where family gathers and enjoys time together! Congratulations!
So beautiful!! I love it ! I can’t wait to see your new book! I LOVE the blue and white spine!!!!
Congratulations, I can’t wait to see it!
I am just repeating what everyone else has said…love love love the cover.
You will see this in just as many ads ..bookshelves and coffee tables as the first one..
Pretty cover and amazing before and after on the room!
Thanks so much for the tip last week about the candle not staying in the candlestick. I didn’t buy the candle adhesive, but so far so good with a dab of sticky tack.
Well done Erin!
Congrats on the book! Also, the ‘before’ image is honestly a personal nightmare for me. So heavy and cluttered and dark and RED- all things that I hate with a passion! I know that people decorated that way for it to feel cozy but I feel suffocated in rooms like that
Love it! So you x
Very good choices. Looks beautiful and makes me want to scroll through (which is exactly what a cover should be doing).
Amazing! I love it and can’t wait to buy the book!
So beautiful!! And, along with the first book (which I had you sign in Houston!), I’m so glad it doesn’t have a jacket!! Well done & Congrats!
Really lovely. I like how you did a side by side with your first book so we could get a good idea of how nice they will look stacked together!
This looks SO great. Congrats, can’t wait to read. :)
As always, you NAILED IT. Total perfection. Can’t wait for the book. Placing pre-order right now.
I think I can speak for all of your followers, SO EXCITED for the release of your second book!!! It pairs beautifully with the first! Congrats!
Can wait to add this to my side table with book 1. Beautiful!!
I absolutely love it! And I cannot wait for this book. As a mother of two small kids, I feel like we’ve lost our style. Having a home that is comfortable and stylish is important to us. I look forward to reading your book to help us figure out how to have a better balance! Congratulations Erin!!
Congratulations! Looks fantastic, can’t wait for the release!
Congratulations!!! Love the cover – it’s stunning. Just pre- ordered:)
Do you now if you will be any book signings for this book? I went to the one at West Elm, and it was so exciting being at it. I love the blue and white binder. My house it slowly filling up with blue and white touches everywhere. It seems like a neutral. Good luck on this book, for now it is your new baby. Best of luck with your fertility travels. I know your pain. I have 2 IVF girls who are now 20 and 16 ( when the meds where not so good).
I love it! Was not expecting the blue (surprisingly!) but it will go so lovely as a display piece (with all my blue and white!) as well as be a great read, of that I have no doubt. Be sure one of these will be winging its way 4000k miles across to the UK if I can get my hands on one as easily as I could for book 1! Great job Erin x
Total surprise and I LOVE IT, like sincerely, it’s really, really good. I anticipated neutral, I think I was envisioning something like that gold and white wood grain wrapping paper from Container Store? Love the pop of the this, now seems obvious. :) Well done!!!!
Congratulations, Erin! I LOVE the cover and especially the spine. I was so excited for this post to come up today and now I look forward to April 2 with Harry Potter levels of anticipation. Please consider a midnight release party where your readers can drape themselves in H blankets and leopard print. Xoxo
I actually went to a Harry Potter midnight release party with my oldest daughter when the last book came out. If you have one, I’ll bring her along with me :) So exciting to see the new cover and can’t wait to read the book!
OMG dying over this. :)
LOOKS FAB!!! CONGRAT’S!!!
I loved your first book and can’t wait for this one!
Wowsers! Totally surprised me … which is why you’re the designer and I’m the reader. I was SURE you were going to do an animal print (which I love) but you did a Chinese blue and white print which I also love. Currently my living room is filled with your leopard print pillows and my blue and white ginger jars … and we eat breakfast on blue willow plates.
This is my happy place. Pre-ordering now!
Leopard felt way too expected for me– and the inside of the first book was leopard. I wanted something completely different!
I thought it would be leopard too, which would’ve been great but I love this one too! Can’t wait to get my copy and add a touch of blue to my living room :)
LOVE IT! So beautiful!