Book Shelf: Designing History by Michael S. Smith

Well, I must say, DESIGNING HISTORY by Michael S. Smith on his work decorating the Obama White House is a real treat for design and history buffs. I’ve done several posts in the past about decorating of  The White House such as this one comparing the Oval Office design to those of there British and … Read more

Entertaining Fall 2019 Design Books

I wanted to share these two entertaining Fall 2019 books which focus on party planning from decorations to recipes. One is about big events and the other is more intimate and personal. Both are filled with amazing photography and stylish party picture. Boston-based party and event planner extraordinaire Bryan Rafanelli ‘s new book A Great … Read more

Book Shelf: Spring 2019 Design Books

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It’s time for the Spring 2019 Design Books releases (okay, past time!) and I wanted to share a few of my favorites. Preeminent American designer Jeff Bilhuber ‘s latest book Everyday Decorating, written with Jacqueline Terrebonne, published by Rizzoli 2019, breaks down decorating in the following categories: Comfortable, Happy, Colorful, Personal, Lighter & Brighter, Sexy, … Read more

Book shelf: Versailles and other Grand Designs

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One of the big perks of being a design blogger is that publishers send me some pretty great design books. Hefty, gorgeous coffee table books. Now, in the spirit of full disclosure, I do receive these books as complimentary press copies, but I only write posts on the books I like. I’ve previously called these … Read more

Travel Tuesday: Vaux-Le-Vicomte – A Bucket-list trip in a book

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I haven’t done an official Travel Tuesday post in quite a long while, but the recently published book © A Day at Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte by Alexandre de Vogüé, Jean-Charles de Vogüé, and Ascanio de Vogüé, Flammarion, 2015, photographs © Bruno Ehrs offers quite a tour of both the history and beauty of this amazing place. The … Read more

Book Review: HABITAT: The Field Guide to Decorating by Lauren Liess

  I’ve long been a fan of decorator and blogger Lauren Liess so was excited for her when she announced her first book was in the works. Titled HABITAT: The Field Guide to Decorating, the book was officially published by Abrams last week and it’s really fantastic. Five years ago we interviewed Lauren on The … Read more

Book Review: French Chic Living by Florence de Dampierre

  © French Chic Living by Florence de Dampierre, Rizzoli New York, 2015, photography © Tim Street-Porter. Sub-titled “Simple Ways to Make Your House Beautiful” – French Chic Living is choc-0-block full of tips for cooking, cleaning, storage, flowers, gardening, linens and pretty much anything one can imagine when it comes to home – all … Read more

My New Book!

Early last Spring (as in 2014) I was contacted by an editor from Globe Pequot press about they upcoming 6th edition revision and update of their book How to Start a Home-Base Interior Design Business and they asked if I’d be interested in doing the job. It was great timing for my schedule at that moment … Read more

Book Review: Charlotte Moss’ GARDEN INSPIRATIONS

© Charlotte Moss: Garden Inspirations by Charlotte Moss, Rizzoli, New York, 2015 Several weeks ago I received Charlotte Moss‘ latest tome “Garden Inspirations” from Rizzoli, the publisher. This new book sat waiting for me to dive in – and it’s quite a deep dive. Charlotte is one of my favorite designers and design inspirations. She … Read more

My new book!

Sorry for the bloggy silence. I don’t know if I’ve shared this before, I can’t remember, but I have been working on a book! I was hired to do the 6th edition revision and update for the longstanding book “How to Start a Home Based Interior Design Business” published by Globe Pequot Press. I believe … Read more

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