From acclaimed Southern designer Janie Molster comes this lively collection of vibrant interiors and insightful advice for colorful living.
How do you make a home that fits to a T? That's tailored to your lifestyle, perfectly expresses your personality, is as comfortable as a second skin, and lets you live life to the fullest? Over more than two decades, Janie Molster has become known for creating family homes that are as bold and sophisticated as they are inviting and practical. In House Dressing, Janie reveals the secrets behind her unique ability to craft dreamy interiors and shares down-to-earth advice for creating your own beautiful and personal spaces.
Showcasing a range of projects, Janie invites readers into country cottages, a riverside retreat, and her own urban farmhouse—Janie's personal design lab—exploring different styles, from glamorous and soulful to contemporary and eclectic. Janie tells the story and describes her thinking behind the design of each one: her recipe for the perfect mix of antique and new, easy but impactful paint treatments you can try, and—based on her own experience—how to create a fabulous home for a family of seven.
Through House Dressing, Janie gives a master class in working with color, pattern, and texture to make spaces that are in turn bold, serene, glamorous, and comfortable, but always personal.
About the Author
Janie Molster has been a presence in the design world for twenty-five years. A longtime favorite of the Southeast corridor, Molster now has clients across the country. As a veteran design professional, she is a sought-after voice in the media, and she and her work have appeared in national and regional publications, including House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Veranda, Elle Décor, Architectural Digest, Virginia Living, Coastal Living, R Home, and Florida Design.
"In the hands of Janie Molster, the old is most certainly new again. [Her] passion for antiques is evident in her spaces which marry classic forms with dynamic, contemporary color."
—Traditional Home Magazine
"Although this Richmond designer’s interiors display all the hallmarks considered quintessentially southern—warmth, hospitality, and comfort—she doesn’t hesitate to color outside the lines."
—Southern Home Magazine
"Throughout her 25-year career, her designs have been celebrated for their inventive combinations of materials and textures; a striking use of color; an eclectic mix of old and new, as well as luxe and low furnishings; and a touch of Southern charm."
"One designer who continues to captivate us—her dazzling portfolio proving anything but ordinary—is Janie Molster. Based in Richmond, Virginia, Janie’s southern charm gleams in her impressive collection of residential projects. Her unexpected use of color and texture, in addition to her unfailing ability to blend the old with the new, has kept Janie relevant in an industry that can often be competitive and demanding in nature."
—The Well Appointed House
“A new book that features personalized, comfortable, and glamorous spaces.”
“With a fearless love of color and a deft hand at mixing pattern and periods, Richmond designer Janie Molster showcases lush examples of her work and a can-do approach to tackling intimidating design challenges in her new book.”
“An inspired read we plan to cozy up with…all fall long.”
—Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles
“A tour of 12 of her colorful and eclectic interiors, including Molster’s “design lab”—her own home.”
“A book every southern hostess should have on her coffee table.”
“Being a huge color fan, [I love how] this book has endless colorful spaces and creative design ideas to peruse!”
—Andrea Schumacher, interior designer
“In her debut monograph, acclaimed designer Janie Molster shares her need-to-know advice for creating dreamy interiors that flawlessly reflect the owner's style and way of life.”
“Living fully in your home and surrounding yourself with beautiful things is one lesson Molster hopes readers will take from her new book.”
“...showcases the beautiful work of Richmond, Virginia designer, Janie Molster. Chic and colorful interiors with just the right amount of personality are hallmarks of Janie[‘s work.]”
“Gives an in-depth look at her design style and the houses she’s worked on.”
“Stunning. . . . It’s super fresh, optimistic, and happy.”
“Celebrate[s] a penchant for elegant interiors.”
—Luxe Interiors + Design
“Loaded with tips (add something unexpected or playful in every room; when in doubt, go big). . . . Molster’s designs are both pretty and practical.”
“Molster taps into 25 years of experience . . . Brimming with 220 eye-catching photographs, the 240-page book reveals strategies behind each project while offering advice on how to create your own perfect space.”
—Home and Design
“[Molster] offers insight on how best to work with color, pattern, and texture. Project examples come from Molster’s design firm and provide discerning advice for creating beautiful interiors with a personalized touch.”