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

The Paper Florist: Create and Display Stunning Paper Flowers by Suzi McLaughlin

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A fresh crop of Spring release interior design books has arrived and with it came this charmingly photographed and inspirational how-to book of the works of paper flowers artist Suzi McLaughlin. THE PAPER FLORIST: Create and Display Stunning Paper Flowers (Kyle Books, April 2019) offers a step-by-step tutorial on how to make these amazing floral … 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

Summer Reading: Inspiring Color and Timeless Style

I’ve been perusing two gorgeous new design books that I wanted to share with you. It’s been nice to have some summer reading to do and these two titles are big on color and timeless style. Released just today is Abigail Ahern COLOR: Transform Your Home published by Quadrille with photographs by Graham Atkins-Hughes. Right off the bat, you … Read more