For Alessandra Branca, living means living comfortably. Growing up
in Rome, Branca was always surrounded by exquisite art and architecture.
She learned early on that beauty is meant to intermingle with everyday
life, and to this day her interior designs, while abiding by classical
principles, comfortably accommodate her clients’ lifestyles. “You can’t
just do something that looks pretty,” she says. “It has to work.”
this book, the designer—based in Chicago—generously reveals her
step-by-step creative process, offering invaluable guidance to anyone
who wants a home that is both gorgeous and livable. Beginning
with her own Chicago townhouse and interweaving insights drawn from
several other prominent projects, she shows how she assesses each
space’s form and function, selects foundation elements, chooses
furniture and lighting, and, finally, incorporates decorative elements
that reflect the resident’s personality. Illustrated with 200 lush
photographs, the book offers a welcomes introduction to Branca’s
enchanting and livable interiors.