Book Review: Martyn Thompson’s WORKING SPACE

  Working Space: An Insight into the Creative Heart Hardie Grant, 2013), takes a journalistic approach to showcasing the work spaces of 24 creatives from different fields of endeavor. Martyn Thompson, who hails from Australia with stop-overs in Paris and London, has been in the States for 14 years. His photography has been seen in … Read more


  Candice Olson Favorite Design Challenges (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013). Fans of HGTV’s Divine Design will love this 200+ page book featuring 24 projects that faced particularly difficult challenges of space, multi-use needs and more. Each project includes “before” photos, a materials board, Candice’s had renderings and beautiful large “after” photos, along with Candice’s signature … Read more

Book Review: HEIRLOOM MODERN by Hollister Hovey, photos by Porter Hovey

I’m very lucky to be on the press list for some of our favorite publishers of shelter books, but sometimes I get a little backlogged in my reading and reviewing. So, welcome to Book Week on ::Surroundings::! photo via Hollister Hovey Heirloom Modern: Homes filled with objects bought, bequeathed, beloved, and worth handing down written … Read more

Medallion Rug Gallery

Medallion Rug Gallery – New Contemporary Sultanbad Rug, hand knotted area rug, total knot count 1.65Million Buying area rugs can be one of the hardest investments to make for many of us. A decent rug – which should be hand knotted for the best quality – is not inexpensive.  However, a good quality rug can … Read more

It’s almost Fall – Time for a Seasonal Giveaway!

The lovely ladies at LoveFeast Shop – a new ::Surroundings:: sponsor – are offering this adorable trio of pumpkins in Ocelot velvet as a giveaway! The velvet Plush Pumpkin Ocelot Trio set of 3 pumpkins include a 6″, 5″ and 4″ Ocelot pumpkin. Each velvet pumpkin is finished with a natural, organic stem.  The value … Read more