Interior Design

Expressive Interiors: Designing An Inviting Home

From the Third Coast comes this inspirational interiors book by award-winning interior designers Sandra Lucas and Sarah Eilers, who show us how to design inviting homes with a classical backbone that are stylish and versatile for today's living.

Native Houstonians Lucas and Eilers's aesthetic marries the entrepreneurial, can-do spirit of the West with Southern grace. The distinctive influences of their hometown--from the architecture of John Staub to the textures and color palettes of the surrounding Texas ranches and expansive landscapes to the impact of futuristic NASA--infuse their design choices. Whether traditional, contemporary, or transitional in style, the rooms they create are timeless.

The duo's seasoned insight into the principles and elements of interior design forms the book's heart. Touching on such topics as scale and proportion, color and light, and pattern and texture, they explore their pragmatic, imaginative approach to creating expressive living spaces in a diverse range of projects from coast to coast. They then tour us through several homes, including a comfortable family ski compound in Utah with repurposed rough-hewn wooden beams and custom forged-steel fireplace surrounds; a Houston shotgun home rich with patina; and a charming Gulf Coast beach house. For those passionate about interiors, this wealth of design fundamentals is inspirational.

About The Author

Sandra Lucas and Sarah Eilers are the founding partners of Houston's Lucas/Eilers Design Associates, which opened in 1995. Their interiors have been featured in numerous shelter magazines. Judith Nasatir is a lifestyle writer who has cowritten several interiors books. Stephen Karlisch is a leading lifestyle photographer whose work has been published in many publications and books.

  • Publish Date: September 15, 2020
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: House & Home - Decorating & Furnishings
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 9-1/2 x 11-1/2
  • Pages: 240
  • US Price: $45.00
  • CDN Price: $60.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-6773-8


"Native Houstonians Sandra Lucas and Sarah Eilers are known for a transitional style that blends their backgrounds with timeless elements. Their new book from Rizzoli offers their insights into interior design before delving into several glorious projects around the country, ranging from a family ski home in Utah to a lovely home along the Gulf Coast. Lessons for every type of designer, both professional and enthusiast, abound." —CHAIRISH BLOG

"Sandra Lucas and Sarah Eilers, founders of Lucas/Eilers Design Associates, celebrate 25 years in partnership with Expressive Interiors: Designing an Inviting Home (Rizzoli, 2020). The book explores their design philosophy and how they put together elegant, comfortable rooms in their native Houston, Texas, and beyond." —FLOWER MAGAZINE

Author Bookshelf: Judith Nasatir