Thursday, September 27, 2007


Your coffee table will certainly be lacking without these books on top of it:
Below, my list of key tomes to add to your existing selection that probably includes I Married Adventure, Billy Baldwin Decorates, various David Hicks, Diana Vreeland, Tiffany Tablesettings, Cecil Beaton, Ludwig Bemelmans, Horst P. Horst, Dorothy Rodgers and other stylish reads...


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Bunny Williams welcomes us into her world yet again with stunning photos of her home in the Dominican Republic, New York and Connecticut. Her graceful, warm and comforting style are reflected in photos that capture the essence of her successful look. Reflecting on her design over the past thirty years, mixed with iconic projects, this book shows how to plan as well as how to enjoy your home. Buy it early at Harry N. Abrams Books

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Paint and Paper explores wall space as the decorative surface everything revolves around. Moody photography styled in a British casual way make you feel as though you are there. Moments captured show the subtleties of color and how they enliven a space and set the tone. From Rizzoli in October.

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Farrow and Ball: The Art of Color looks at designers use of British company F and B's superior quality paints and wallcoverings. Peek inside stunning residences designed by Emma Jane Pilkington, Leta Austin Foster and her daughter Sallie Giordano, and Kim Alexandriuk among others. The architectural details, charm and ultimately comfortable living spaces in the beautifully photographed images impart the depth and range of the paint and wallcovering line that has legions of fans. Their colors names are true Britishisms: how can you not love Library Red and Mouse's Back Grey?

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The perfect white paint when paired with colorful striped fabric makes a clean statement in a Virginia project by Barry Dixon. White is complex--finding the perfect shade for the light in the room and the fabric scheme takes sampling.

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AvroKo, one of the leading restaurant design firms known for their quirky mix takes us through their projects. They champion raw woods, re-purposed material and found objects. They are all about the smallest details. Their offbeat touch comes across in the special touches. From stacks of specially packaged mini hotel soups that run up the wall in the bathroom at Public to lined up jars of honey at the entrance to Quality Meats, you get the idea. Grab it when it hits January 2, 2008 on Harper Collins.

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My favorite series continues! Lifestyle shots from life of leisure master Slim Aarons has a third book on the way! Perfect your languorous poolside lean with this inspiration. Due out in November. Get in line on ---Harry N. Abrams Books.

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House and Garden's design director Wendy Goodman and the fabulous Hutton Wilkinson delve into the rooms that inspire and the man that created them--Tony Duquette. Her upcoming tome, takes us inside Dawnridge, the fantastical home and gardens in LA's Bel Air. The fantastical world of layered embellishment and adornment mixed with animal prints and jewel tones are finally chronicled comprehensively. Look out for the super-luxe version encased in a special box at Bergdorf Goodman around the holidays. There will also be a specially boxed version like the one in the photo. I wait with bated breath---Harry N. Abrams Books. For a sneak peak, check out 1st Dibs Required Reading editorial!

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Briger designs is known for their fantastic tole accessories, colorful painted furniture in poppy combinations that are Palm Beach chic. Their furnishings have also decorated J.McLaughlin stores. Their work is one worth taking a closer look at, to get their take on clean arrangements, calm neutral, livable palettes mixed with good antiques. It hits in October from Rizzoli

For an advanced look between the covers:

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Kathryn M. Ireland knows a thing or two about capturing the essence of living in a relaxed, comfortable way. This Brit has spends summers in her stone farmhouse in Toulouse France. Years ago, she made her mark on retail with a charming shop in Santa Monica where stocked home accessories from abroad. Then came her fabric lines with printed paisleys, ticking stripes and ethnic, batik and toile patterns. Her palette is full of easy to live with colors and her interiors create cozy spaces with those french blue, butter yellow and soft red schemes. Her interior design know-how is captured in this book. Another October launch, get it at Gibbs-Smith.

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Kathryn's deft mix of stripes and suzani prints bring this room to life. With pattern, a little goes a long way.

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A birds eye view into the way designers live, this book will become a must have. A collaborative effort between a photog husband and designer wife, Tim Street-Porter and Annie Kelly are a one two punch. They have gathered stunning interiors from Marian McEvoy, Peter Dunham (of textile design and interiors), and Martynus-Tripp,Inc. to name a few...another winner from Rizzoli

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