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

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

Book Review: Candice Olson FAVORITE DESIGN CHALLENGES

  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