Friday, May 15, 2015

You are UNIQUE . CREATIVE . PASSIONATE & the INSPIRATION for Ethan Allen's new design book MUSES

A MUSE ... awakens creativity.

... becomes the driving force behind a body of work.

... helps you see things  through fresh eyes,

again and again.

What does this have to do with interior design? 

Only everything.

When Mr. Farooq Kathwari, Chairman, President & CEO of Ethan Allen Global, and his team set out to make their new inspirational coffee table book MUSES, which is not a catalog but a journey of inspiration, it wasn't long before they realized that it was you, as readers, who are their muses.  "You're Unique.  Creative.  Passionate."  What inspires you- architecture, art, dance, drama, history, laughter, love, music, poetry and spirit inspired them to create the beautiful things you love to live with.  This book is full of inspiration on living your best life and incorporating it into your home - really it's the art of living beautifully.  It's full of design strategy, personal poetic advice, numerous style sheets, and a wealth of beautiful photos.  Mr. Kathwari was kind enough to contribute his response for how he lives beautifully, and I would like to say thank you, I feel honored that he participated, but his new book MUSES answers the question in 324 glorious pages of inspiration.  Come take a peek.

"Je t'aime  I love you. 

It's a promise.
It's a compromise. 

It's the beautiful balance that turns "yours" and "mine" into "ours."  

It's the joy that makes the work so worth it, 

knowing that whatever you build, you'll build it together." 

(It's also a darling block-printed Ethan Allen pillow.)



habitual museum - hopper 

well - read and well - heeled (only the best shoes will do)

on the pulse of fashion

obsessed with independent films

dreams in black & white

relishes lazy Sundays

has a soft spot for furry felines 

would rather be wrong than predictable



Leads with a strategic mind

 follows a creative heart

has a way with words and with patterns

knows success lies in the plans

inspired by the art of dressage and the artistry of the Renaissance

indulges in spa days and opera nights

loves the feel of hand spun wool beneath bare feet

is sweet on tufting and decadent desserts

believes form follows function

but will never compromise beauty

"Design inspiration comes in all forms.
The elements of a well-dressed bed are a lot like the building 

blocks of a good wardrobe: quality reigns supreme. 

But colors, patterns and textures go a long way to guarantee 

originality. "



finds harmony in the simple life

considers homemade the ultimate gourmet

delights in the sounds of birds chirping at sunrise

adores the character in all things weathered and worn

regards comfort and happiness as one and the same

marches to a slower beat

believes in doing what's tried and true rather than what's easy




"Living beautifully to me means spending time with my family and 

enjoying the great outdoors.  Natural surroundings offer so many 

beautiful things - art, color, life, and comfort.  Nature is both a 

great teacher and a powerful muse, providing a sense of balance 

and great design inspiration in its many colors and seasons." 

- Farooq Kathwari, Chairman, President & CEO Ethan Allen Global 
- And may I add visionary

Stop by your nearest Ethan Allen Design Center and get your free copy, (yes free) of this beautiful style guide MUSES.  Or I have 5 copies available to me to send out.  Just contact me by email or leave comment with contact info and Ethan Allen will mail one directly to you.

My sincere thanks to Mr. Farooq Kathwari, November Rawlings and Sandy Como Puswicz of Ethan Allen Inc.  I wish you all the best of everything.

*All photos and text provided by Ethan Allen Inc.


  1. ethan allen, who knew. this appears to be a gorgeous must have and i loved your interview Rie
    thanks for a saturday morning visual feast!

    1. Debra, If you would like a copy just email me your address and I will have them send it to you! Hope you are doing well. xx Rié

  2. Hi Rie - The photos are so beautiful. Gorgeous vignettes! And the style tips are great. This is a must for my design library. Cheers, L

    1. Loi, So glad you came by, you always make my day friend. If you would like a copy just email me your address and I will have Ethan Allen send one out to you. It's very "Kinfolk" in it's printing style, more contemporary with a soft cover. All the best

  3. Beautiful post, Rie! I have loved the Ethan Allen look books since I was young and my mother had them. Every room is beautiful, no matter what style. I wish we had a store closer, but I'll definitely be making a trip soon!

    1. I remember those look books, this is lovely and a great resource, if you would like a copy please just email me your address and I will have one sent to you. Have a lovely rest of your day. Thanks for coming by.

  4. Incredibly beautiful and inspiring post! I love the style sheets, and look forward to incorporating as many of the ideas as I can into my own home. Thank you for the insightful interview and fresh look at Ethan Allen!

    1. Thank you, it was my pleasure. They have more style sheets in the book, I think you would like it. If you decide you would like a copy just send me your address by email. All the best

  5. Yes, I would love to receive a catalog from EA: V. McCarthy, 1095 Carolyn Ave, San Jose, CA 95125.

    Thank you for the beautiful preview.

    1. Thank you, of course I will have one sent out to you! Have a lovely rest of your day! All the best.

  6. Would love a copy...... DBowker,65 Rockland St Springfield,Ma 01118

    1. Absolutely, I will put you on the list! Thank you for coming by! All the best, Rié

  7. Loved your beautiful post, Rie! We were thrilled to share this book and our inspiration behind it with you! #MyDesignMuse

  8. We no longer have an Ethan Allen close to us and I am so dissapointed. I could always pick up fun accessories there. This book looks wonderful! Thanks for the intorduction Rie...keep up the good work!!!

    1. Cindy, You are so kind! Thank you for the encouragement! xxRié

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