John McClain designs homes to be alluring, functional, and most importantly, happy—and now he teaches the reader how to do it for themselves.
The Designer Within pulls back the curtain to reveal the process of interior design from interior designer John McClain. McClain’s candid and humorous look into the entire design process, from conception to completion, will allow anyone to find the designer within themselves, and ultimately create the home of their dreams. This isn’t a book about how to create a look for less, but rather a book with a detailed breakdown of professionally designed rooms. From kitchens to powder rooms, McClain dissects each space with actionable items for the reader to implement in their own home. The reader can apply one or all of his tips to start their own design process. The Designer Within is chock-full of gorgeous images from McClain’s beautiful design projects and is the perfect coffee table book; but it’s also a practical road map for embarking on interior design in your own home.
Interior designer McClain "pull back that proverbial curtain to reveal design solutions" in his heartfelt debut, a collection of clever styling tips and tricks. It's crucial to create a home that "greet you like a warm hug every time you walk through the door," he writes; to help readers do so, he begins by laying out his six-step design process which includes defining one's needs, finding inspiration, creating a "project direction board," and having fun. McClain then tours his favorite projects room by room, highlighting key components behind their success: in his own home, brass "book toppers" jazz up coffee tables while bold patterns play with warm-toned colors in the upstairs lounge area, an old-Hollywood-style house features a tiled kitchen that "brings in the drama," and a bathroom in a mid-century modern abode "purposely leans more toward the modern side." McClain drops lots of advice along the way—add "one piece of interesting dissonance to every room" to make "everyone stop and take notice," for example—and his fun approach takes the intimidation right out of design: "What do you do when you have too much space in a kitchen?! Create a bar area, of course!" Armchair designers looking for inspiration will find it on full display here.