Howard Slatkin’s “Fifth Avenue Style” Where more is more and design lessons abound

One of my favorite books of late 2013 is “Fifth Avenue Style” by interior designer, and fabulous Instagram user, Howard Slatkin, published by The Vendome Press. The book, shot by Tria Giovan, focuses on Howard’s own New York apartment and is a feast for the eyes. First, let me say that this book was the … 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

A not to be missed book: Living in Style London

© Living in Style London edited by Geraldine Apponyi and Monika Apponyi, published by teNeues, http://www.teneues.com/ TeNeus Publishing Group has just released a beautiful, I mean really beautiful, book LIVING IN STYLE LONDON edited by Geraldine Apponyi and Monika Apponyi with texts (in English, French and German) by the prolific Judith Miller (who we interviewed … 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