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: 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

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

Book Review: French Chic

The lovely folks at Rizzoli sent me an advance copy of Florence de Dampierre‘s new book “French Chic – The Art of Decorating Houses”. And I must say it – ooh la la! Florence de Dampierre is an interior designer and decorative arts historian. Her book gives us a room by room tour of her … Read more

Book Review: A novel idea

I was sent two novels this summer that are “industry based” and the results were mixed. I was so looking forward to “Die, Decorator, Die” by Franklin H. Levy with Pheonix Books. It’s about the cutthroat (literally) world of decorators, and it’s set in Boston! Well, what could be better than to be a Boston-based … Read more

Book Review: “The House Always Wins” by Marni Jameson

I was recently sent a preview copy of syndicated home dec columnist Marni Jameson‘s new book “The House Always Wins” which is billed as “a compulsively readable, zanily humorous, yet completely practical step-by-step guide to creating your dream home.” Ms. Jameson has built and decorated three homes and this book describes the ups and downs … 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