When I first moved to New York City, interior designer Thomas O'Brien had just opened his store, Aero, on Broome St. in SoHo, and it was like "This is why I moved to New York, so I could shop at stores like this and see what someone as inspiring as him likes."

Walking into the store is almost like a peek into his attic and that's exactly how I felt flipping through his book "Aero: Beginning to Now" (Abrams). His style is eclectic and it gives people the courage, if not the permission, to surround themselves with beautiful things.

Imagine the people who love the collecting stories in Martha Stewart Living. Thomas has turned that passion for collecting into a career. In a lot of ways I think he's like Martha –– they both have a point of view and aesthetic that they share with everyone. It's very democratic.

The book is touted as a "visual memoir" telling the story of Thomas' growth as a designer through images of his homes and store. He's an inspiring and inspired arbiter of taste and I highly recommend this personal look into his brand and aesthetic.


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