Book Review: Wanderlust by Michelle Nussbaumer

It is safe to say that there is no designer I identify with more than with Michelle Nussbaumer.  I aspire to her global lifestyle yet we share a mutual affection for maximalism, travel, dogs (especially giant danes), embroidered textiles, pattern, and over the top jewels.  Michelle certainly abides by the “more is more and less is a bore” philosophy while maintaining an aesthetic that is truly all her own. Her store Ceylon et Cie is THE BEST design shop filled to the brim with exquisite antiques, textiles, and jewels.

See my previous posts featuring Michelle HERE.

I was thrilled to catch up with her briefly at High Point market to discuss our affection for marvelous Morocco and plot a future adventure to the design mecca. I am planning another adventure around the corner to San Miguel de Allende and I am over the moon to discover that Michelle has a home there that she has renovated and can hook me up with all the best spots.  

Michelle’s “Wanderlust” and zest for life is immense and inspiring as is her first amazing book that shares her diverse and divine interior design projects. 

Wanderlust: Interiors That Bring the World Home

Written by Michelle Nussbaumer, Foreword by Hutton Wilkinson


The first book from designer Michelle Nussbaumer features her dramatically lush interiors and shows readers how spaces can be inspired by travel and filled with treasures from around the world. As a curator who discovers exquisite treasures all over the world for her projects and her Dallas-based design store Ceylon et Cie, Michelle Nussbaumer has a signature style, in multilayered rooms that mix periods with antique textiles, embroideries and weavings, unconventional furniture, and global art. The result is unique interiors that might recall 1940s glamour or nineteenth-century England. Her first book, organized by mood and style, showcases interiors that range from calm to bold, and from rustic to exotic. These include Nussbaumer’s own stunning residences in Switzerland and Texas, as well as her work for clients around the country. Her sumptuous interiors—eclectic in style and influenced by the designer’s travels from Paris and Rome to Africa, Mexico, and China—provide alluring inspiration for design aficionados.








Michelle Nussbaumer’s design career began in Rome, where expats fell in love with the villa she had decorated and sought her out as a guide to Italian treasures. After moving to Los Angeles, Nussbaumer opened her design business and chic antique shop in La Brea. A decade later, she returned to Dallas and opened her celebrated shop Ceylon et Cie. Her work has been featured in Elle Decor,  House Beautiful,  Architectural Digest, Veranda,  Marie Claire,  House & Garden, and the New York Times

Hutton Wilkinson is an interior decorator, master jeweler, and design authority.

This book is an absolute must!

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