# Home and Garden # home office

Home Office Tour

Today I have a before and after video for you showing the evolution of our home office. When we moved into our new home, we decided to turn the loft space into a home office. We hired California Closets to create the built-in office and I am very pleased with the results. The wood color we chose was "Adriatic Mist", which is a taupe-grey and fits nicely with our decor.

Check out this week's video which shows you the before and after and a few of my favorite things in our office (including my mystery collection and some of the international Madame Chic copies). If you are unable to see the video above, click here, look in the sidebar of this blog, or check out my channel: www.youtube.com/TheDailyConnoisseur

Lessons from Madame Chic is going into its 7th printing and At Home With Madame Chic is going into its 3rd printing from Simon & Schuster. Thank you readers!

Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic is now available in the United Kingdom.

If you are looking for a signed copy of any of the three Madame Chic books, Pages: A Bookstore in Manhattan Beach, CA has limited inventory. Be sure to give them a call at 310-318-0900 or email info@pagesabookstore.com to order.

The Decorista lists Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic as one of her favorites things as well as includes it in her must-read library.

Jess from Used York City shares her very favorite tip from Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic.

Italiagal writes a wonderful, in-depth review of Polish Your Home with Madame Chic.

Christine from The Refined Side is unabashedly inspired by the Madame Chic books. Here's her latest review of Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic.

ShimiChic has created a lovely YouTube video review of Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic. ShimiChic has a wonderful channel. Be sure to check it out and subscribe and tell her I said "hello"!

Comments of the Week
Radiant Christina writes:

Excellent advice. Loved the book - I devoured it this weekend as soon as it came in the mail :). I am surrounded by coworkers daily with ZERO poise so at work is where I find keeping my composure most difficult. I found the book to be a good reminder of what I need to do to polish my poise, even in situations where poise is no where to be found :)

Yes, maintaining composure around people who are not behaving in a poised way is very difficult because you feel tempted to lower your standards. Well done for keeping your standards high.

Liya writes:

Jennifer, your books have helped me a lot. I started my journey to a simpler life style and I fully embrace it. But I think this new book is what I really needed in terms of the quality life with my children, especially I easily lose my cool with them.

Practicing poise with our children is possibly one of the best exercises we can do in this regard. We are with them so much and they love to push boundaries, giving us many opportunities to practice our poise. We won't always keep our composure but in the end, our behavior will hopefully influence them in positive ways.

Artistic Recommendation

Today I have a really unique artistic recommendation for you: Sunlight on the River by Scott Gutterman (which comes out tomorrow, November 10th). Mr. Gutterman is the deputy director at the Neue Galerie in New York City. He has comprised a masterful collection of paintings about poems and poems about paintings. I really love this book and think it would make a great present for anyone you know who appreciates the arts.

The world's great poets interpret the world's great art in this exquisite book that investigates the connection between art and words, deepening our understanding of both. The poet and the artist share a special kind of vision--an ability to see and penetrate the very essence of their subjects. This volume features poems by writers who turned to paintings for their inspiration, as well as paintings by artists who based their works on poems. Stretching across centuries and styles,
this collection includes Rossetti's haunting sonnet based on
Botticelli's Primavera; Wallace Stevens's "The Man with the Blue
Guitar," a masterful meditation on an iconic painting by Picasso;
William Carlos Williams's joyous interpretations of scenes by
Breughel; and Adrienne Rich lending a compassionate voice
to the subject of Edwin Romanzo Elmer's The Mourning Chair.
These and other pairings appear as elegant texts facing full
page, glowing illustrations of the paintings. An introduction
to some of the greatest poets and painters in history, this
remarkable book makes a perfect gift, offering compelling
insights into the worlds of art and literature, and the relationship
between the two.

See you next week for a long-overdue skin care video. Have a great week!

Jennifer x

Sunlight on the River was sent to me to review by Prestel publishers. All opinions are my own

This week's video and post is not sponsored by California Closets.

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hostess of the humble bungalow said...

Love your new office! It's so well organized and bright...I can imagine you sitting by the window sipping your tea as you pen your next novel with that beautiful pen.

Unknown said...

Lovely office! And thank you very much for highlighting my video review of Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic--it is exciting to me to see it here on your blog post! It really is a great book, and I hope many, many people will read and follow it. Best wishes as you continue settling in to your house! Sincerely, Cara

Erin said...

It was inspiring to hear how your book started out as a self-published one. I didn't know that! May I ask who you selfpublished it with and if you have any suggestions on how to get your books noticed? My mother and I have written a wonderful Read & Bake children's book series titled, "The Yummy Adventures of Celia & Cedric". They combine adventure, postive character traits, and nutrition for kids and families. I'd love to send you a copy of the books! - I think you and your girls would love them! Let me know if I could gift that to you as I love all your books and your blog - would be my pleasure. We also have a website in case you're interested http://www.CeliaAndCedric.com Congratulations on your new office and your new release which I will be purchasing!

Gigi said...

It's an absolutely gorgeous office!

Unknown said...

Lovley office! Want to see more of your home. It is so inspiring! Loved your autumn tips. Even bought faux flowers. I do love that you still are so true and not changing because of your success. You don't seem bought. We'll lot of superlatives there. Big hugs from Sweden! Jane

Anonymous said...

Beautiful and functional. Love it!

Helena Oops said...

Thank you for the video,I ve just watched it , and I love the organization of your Home Office, it s spacy,comfortable and lovely..
Wished a had a place like that!
Hope you will come and viit my blog:

Jess @UsedYorkCity said...

Love the office, Jennifer! Cords are one of my pet peeves too, love the idea of using velcro to conceal them.

p.s. thanks so much for linking to my site in this post, truly made my day!:-)

Linda Kerr said...

Off topic here, Jennifer, but I wanted to share a video of a great interview between Garance Dore and Emanuelle Alt (French Vogue). They are talking about French style, and incorporate a lot of your views, but have their own ideas as well...please take the time to watch, I think you'll be interested. http://unefemme.net/2015/11/what-would-emmanuelle-alt-do.html#comment-56871

Shelly said...

I love this space Jennifer. It's bright, spacious and very chic. An office I'm sure you will enjoy working in. I love your book collections too. I know you've just set them up but they're so neat and orderly where mine seems to have morphed into an uncontrollable mess. Yes, I know it contributes to clutter but I can't bear to part with any as I really love reading them. Do you have any tips for dealing with an over abundance of books?

jenna said...

Cozy office!


Mary said...

I saw your large collection of mysteries, and thought you might like the "Her Royal Spyness" series by Rhys Bowen. They're a series of mysteries solved by Lady Georgiana, a penniless minor royal and granddaughter of Queen Victoria in 1930s London. They are quite fun, and Lady Georgiana certainly has a lot of poise!

Unknown said...

My favorite part of the video is peeking at the bookshelf. Do you have a list of recommended books? I would love that!