Book Shelf: Fall 2018 Design Books from Castles to Cottages

It’s time for the Fall 2018 Design Books and there are many books to choose from! Here are some of my favorites. (Note: The various publishers sent me press copies of these books for my review. All opinions are my own, I never post about a book I don’t care for. Also, this post contains affiliate links which means that any sales made of the books will return a small commission to me, which goes to help pay for this blog. Thank you!)

 

Buckingham Palace Ashley Hicks cover Fall 2018 Design Books

Ashley Hicks headshot Buckingham Palce
Ashley Hicks

BUCKINGHAM PALACE: The Interiors by Ashley Hicks (Rizzoli, 2018) gives us a look at all the lush detail of this iconic royal palace from an insiders perspective. Ashley Hicks, who both wrote and photographed the book, is the son of Lady Pamela Hicks (lady-in-waiting and bridesmaid to Queen Elizabeth) and David Hicks (iconic British designer). Much like the recent Versailles: A Private Invitation, Buckingham Palace gives us all the closeup detail we rarely get to see.

Buckingham Palace Ashley Hicks Ballroom Fall 2018 Design Books
The Ballroom

Buckingham Palace Ashley Hicks Door Detail Fall 2018 Design Books

Buckingham Palace Ashley Hicks Ballroom minister stair Fall 2018 Design Books
The Minister Stairs
Buckingham Palace Ashley Hicks White Drawing Room Fall 2018 Design Books
The White Drawing Room
Buckingham Palace Ashley Hicks Blue drawing room table Fall 2018 Design Books
Table detail in the Blue Drawing Room

 

Buckingham Palace Ashley Hicks published by galleries Fall 2018 Design Books
The Gallery

One of the big takeaways from the book is how little things have changed in Buckingham Palace over the centuries. The book is filled with images from painting and old photographs next to current day photography which shows this. This “always been there, always will be” feeling is a metaphor for the monarchy itself.

Buckingham Palace Ashley Hicks published by photo and art Fall 2018 Design Books

On a semi-related note, I am so excited to see The Queen’s Corgi coming out in 2019. The illustrations look very accurate indeed!

Carolyne Roehm A Constant Thread cover Fall 2018 Design Books
Cover photo credit to Victor Skrebneski

DESIGN & STYLE: A Constant Thread by Carolyne Roehm (Rizzoli 2018) is a visual feast on every page. From her personal style, her decorating and gardens, lovers of classic beauty will relish this book. The book encompasses the themes topics of her first twelve books. We interviewed Carolyne on The Skirted Roundtable when FLOWERS came out in 2013, which I highly recommend listening to. She leads an amazing life!

Sharing both iconic and never-before-seen photographs, Carolyne reveals her creative process through images of her interiors, floral design, and tabletops juxtaposed with stunning photos of herself, her home, and her clothing.

Carolyne Roehm A Constant Thread Living room Fall 2018 Design Books

Carolyne Roehm A Constant Thread blue and white table with daffodils Fall 2018 Design Books

Carolyne Roehm A Constant Thread outdoor dining purple flowers Fall 2018 Design Books

Carolyne Roehm A Constant Thread Rizzoli Blue, gold and white bedroom Fall 2018 Design Books

Carolyne Roehm A Constant Thread Rizzoli blue and white dining area Fall 2018 Design books

Carolyne Roehm A Constant Thread orangerie chandelier Fall 2018 Design Books

Nora Murphy's Country House Style book cover Fall 2018 Design Books

NORA MURPHY’S COUNTRY HOUSE STYLE – Making Your Home a Country House (Vendome, 2018)

Ethan Allen Executive turned design blogger turned author and lifestyle entrepreneur, Nora Murphy’s first book is filled with gorgeous photos of her own home in Newtown, CT as well as the “Country Style” homes of several others. The book is broken into segments of Country Houses in the Mountains, Sea, City, Village and Woods. Nora lays out the universal elements of country house style: creating and pace where everyone is always welcome; where tradition is honored by changing it up; where comfort is always in style; where there’s always room for our favorite things; where there’s always a reason to celebrate; and where home extends well beyond our walls.

Nora Murphy's Country House Style author Fall 2018 Design Books

Nora’s House

Nora Murphy's Country House Style Entry Way black and white checkerboard floor Fall 2018 Design Books

Nora Murphy's Country House Style dining room Fall 2018 Design Books

 

Nora Murphy's Country House Style kitchen Fall 2018 Design Books

Country House in the City (below) is the house of Massachusetts design blogger Amy Chalmers, whose blog Maison Decor has been a huge success for many years.

Nora Murphy's Country House Style Amy Chalmers blue white Living Room Fall 2018 Design Books

 

Jennifer Boles Inspired Design book cover Fall 2018 Design Books

INSPIRED DESIGN: The 100 Most Important Interior Designers of the Past 100 Years by Jennifer Boles (Vendome 2018).

And finally, we have sort of the mother of all design books – a history of the most important interior designers over the past century. Of course, lists such as this are very subjective and there are some folks I might have chosen to be a part of the list as well, or am surprised that they aren’t included, and possibly some who are. But, there will never be a list of any kind that everyone agrees with and this book is a true history of interior design and decorating in the 20th and early 21st Century. Author Jennifer Boles is well-known for her blog The Peak of Chic – and has always focused on the history of design and style. Jennifer is a writer first and foremost. She’s one of the few design bloggers who didn’t become a designer, but used it to burnish her writing skills.

Jennifer Boles photo Inspired Design Fall 2018 Design Books
Jennifer Boles

Now, Jennifer wasn’t a selection committee of one. She had help, and help from many very smart and knowledgable design industry writers and editors, including Stephen Drucker , Amy Astley, Newell Turner, Clinton Smith, Marion McEvoy, Sophie Donelson, Lisa Newsom, Michael Boodro, Whitney Robinson and Nancy Novogrod.

The book is broken into segments starting with The Big Six of Elsie de Wolfe, Jean-Michel Frank, Billy Baldwin, Sister Parish, Albert Hadley and David Hicks. Names which would appear on pretty much anyone’s most influential lists. Following that are sections including: A Century of Women, The Influencers, The Americans, The English Masters, The Globalists, The Grandees, Like No Other, Gone Too Soon, Making Their Mark.

Angeloa Donghia for Ralph Lauren Living Room Jennifer Boles Inspired Design Fall 2018 Design Books
Angelo Donghia for Ralph Lauren (The Americans)

 

Barbara Barry Dressing Room Jennifer Boles Inspired Design Fall 2019 Design Books
Barbara Barry (A Century of Women)

 

Billy Baldwain Living Room Inspired Design Fall 2018 Design Books
Billy Baldwin (The Big Six)

 

Tom Scheerer Lyford Cay Club Jennifer Boles Inspired Design Fall 2018 Design Books
Tom Scheerer (The Americans)

 

Yves St Laurent Jennifer a Boles Inspired Design Fall 2018 Design Books
Bill Willis (Like No Other) for Yves St. Laurent

I am kind of tickled how many on this list were guests on our podcast The Skirted Roundtable. For your listening pleasure:

Vicente Wolf, David Easton, Miles Redd, Alexa Hampton and Mario Buatta (Rest in Peace Mr. Buatta – you were our final interview and so much fun!). Also, Jennifer Boles and Stephen Drucker.

So, are you inspired by the Fall 2018 Design Books?

xoxo Linda Would you like my Favorite Tips for a Well-Decorated Home? Click here!

1 thought on “Book Shelf: Fall 2018 Design Books from Castles to Cottages”

  1. Sigh…so many design books, so little time. When I die, I’m going to that beautiful place in the sky where all of the wonderful interior designers play!

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