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 Shelf: Henrietta Spencer-Churchill’s “The Life of the House”

The Life of the House by Henrietta Spencer-Churchill (published 2012 by Rizzoli) is sub-titled “How Rooms Evolve” and showcases gorgeous historic homes in both the UK and US. As a descendent of both the Churchill’s and the Vanderbilt’s, Lady Henrietta has been in a unique position to have experienced some of the most famous homes … Read more