Text by Emmy Carswell
As a design duo, Atlanta Bartlett and Dave Coote are known for their comfortable and relaxed style. In their book Pale & Interesting, they explore their passion for decorating with a soft palette of subtle shades for a home that is stylish yet comfortable and easy to live in. With more than 40 years of design experience between them, they share everything there is to know about creating a happy home full of good design. In search of a more relaxed and simple way of decorating, Atlanta and Dave brought Pale & Interesting to life first as an online boutique. Now a book, Pale & Interesting will help you recreate the laid-back style that you see within its pages and transform it into your own space that works for you. The authors’ main goal is to help readers get back to the basics by celebrating the simple things in life and keeping only what is useful or beautiful in the home. By keeping it simple in the realm of design, you can create an atmosphere that is peaceful, relaxed, and comfortable.
Open the pages to find the philosophy behind the look with the first chapter, titled “Keep it Simple, Keep it Relaxed, and Keep it Real.” In the following chapter, Atlanta and Dave define the fundamental elements of the look. The third and final chapter, “The Rooms,” takes the reader through every room in a house as the authors reveal how simple and enjoyable it can be to live with natural tones, providing ideas and inspiration on creating a stylish yet versatile home. All 160 pages are filled with beautiful photography, proving that neutral tones are anything but bland. Atlanta and Dave have ideas and tips for making any room in your home one that is warm, welcoming, and calming to the senses.