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Elle Decor Book: Inspiring Ideas from the World's Chicest Rooms
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Elle Decor Book: Inspiring Ideas from the World’s Chicest Rooms

Michael Boodro is the editor in chief of ELLE DECOR, and the book is written with the editorial team at the magazine. Ingrid Abramovitch is the senior editor/writer at ELLE DECOR and the author of Restoring a House in the City. This book (published by Harry N. Abrams) showcases more than 220 stunning rooms selected by the editors of ELLE DECOR, the magazine that is the last word on exciting, cutting-edge, and eclectic style from around the world. A must for any decorating and design buff, it shows readers how to bring the flair, glamour, and individuality of the world’s chicest spaces into their own homes. The rooms, which range from extravagant living spaces to sleek, state-of-the-art kitchens, baths, and dressing rooms, are organized into distinctive yet reader-friendly categories: “Classical,” “Fanciful,” “Functional,” and “Personal.” “What the Pros Know,” which occurs throughout the pages, presents insights, ideas, and practical advice from top interior designers, architects, and homeowners. Every chapter also incorporates “Anatomy of a Room”—in which the magazine’s editors explain how to make the inspiring ideas a reality. Packed with beautiful color images by today’s top interiors photographers, straightforward tips, and ingenious pointers from top design talents Steven Gambrel, Kelly Wearstler, and a host of others, The Height of Style brings the magazine’s distinctive,…

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The Amazing Photobook of Elvis and the Birth of Rock and Roll
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The Amazing Photobook of Elvis and the Birth of Rock and Roll

Alfred Wertheimer was born in Germany in 1929, emigrated to America and settled in Brooklyn as a young boy. He took an early interest in architecture and design, which led him to Cooper Union, from which he graduated in 1951. Wertheimer’s photographs, which first gained national attention after Elvis Presley died on August 16, 1977, capture the metamorphosis of pop music and the cultural transformation of America. Chris Murray has organized over 200 exhibitions of many of the leading artists of our time, from Andy Warhol in the 1970s to Annie Leibovitz’s first exhibition in 1984. He is co-curator of the Smithsonian Institution’s exhibition Elvis at 21 and is the author or editor of over a dozen books. Robert Santelli is the executive director of the Grammy Museum and former CEO/artistic director of the Experience Music Project. He is the author of nearly a dozen books and a contributor to magazines such as Rolling Stone. This incredible photobook published by TASCHEN feature 418 pages bringing together the beat photographs of Elvis Presley shot by Alfred Wertheimer. Wertheimer took nearly 3,000 photographs of Presley that year, creating a penetrating portrait of a man poised on the brink of superstardom. Extraordinary in its…

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The Inspiring Book 100 Years of Fashion By Cally Blackman
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The Inspiring Book 100 Years of Fashion By Cally Blackman

Cally Blackman is a writer and lecturer with degrees in Fashion Design and History of Art, and an MA in History of Dress from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. She teaches at various institutions, including Central Saint Martin’s College of Art & Design. Her previous publications include 100 Years of Menswear, 100 Years of Fashion Illustration, Costume: From 1500 to the Present Day and The 20s and 30s: Flappers and Vamps. This book (published by Laurence King Publishing) is a must for anyone into fashion, in particular for any designers. This book documents in pictures the most exciting and diverse period in fashion: from 1900 to today, covering high society, uniforms, sportswear, streetwear, and couture. It will appeal to everyone with an interest in fashion as well as students Over 400 photographs and illustrations, many published for the first time, tell the stylish story of a fashion revolution. Over 400 photographs and illustrations, many published for the first time, this inspiring book tell the stylish story of a fashion revolution. Best Design Books will continue to update you about Architecture, Interior Design, Photography, Best Sellers and much more. Don’t forget to subscribe this blog and to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google + and Pinterest.

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Best Design Books: The Art of Living Graciously
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Best Design Books: The Art of Living Graciously

Jane Schwab and Cindy Smith have been partners in Circa since 1988. Schwab attended Parsons School for Design and spent several years working at the New York firm of Marshall Schule Associates. As a student in France, Smith developed a love of antiques, which led her to launch Circa Interiors & Antiques in 1979. Bunny Williams is an acclaimed interior designer and the author of four books, including An Affair with a House. In this book published by Rizzoli the owners of the acclaimed stores and decorating firm Circa Interiors present eight stylish, beautiful homes blending comfort, beauty, and function with classic Southern hospitality. A house with an open door is like a friend with an open heart: inviting, generous of spirit, and constant at the core. In their first book, Jane Schwab and Cindy Smith present beautifully arranged interiors in which the trademarks of their style—subtle color palettes, graceful furniture, an emphasis on comfort and entertaining—harmonize to create fresh yet classic rooms. Walking the reader through each home with their characteristic Southern charm, they share their vision and process, from big-picture topics such as room flow and furniture plans, to the importance of entryways and setting a beautiful table. The…

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Best Design Books: Sarah Richardson Style

Sarah Richardson is a Canadian interior designer and television personality who started her career as a prop stylist in 1994. She is the host of HGTV’s Sarah’s House and Sarah 101, two interior design shows popular both in Sarah’s native Canada and in the US. In the flawless style of Deborah Needleman’s Domino comes the interior design book of the decade, from HGTV star, virtual sensation, and Canadian design queen Sarah Richardson. Ever wondered how to transform your laundry room from drab tofab? Your kitchen from prison to paradise? Your bedroom from boring to beautiful? Now you can, in this comprehensive interior design tome by design maven extraordinaire Sarah Richardson. Within these beautiful, full-color pages and photographs, Sarah walks you through each room in your home, from the master bedroom to the kids’ rooms, to the kitchen, the bathroom, and everywhere in between, showing you how to turn a house into a home—Sarah style. Featuring full-page design spreads with stunning attention to detail, Sarah Style is a cache of creative, unique ideas for transforming your living spaces. You can make your dream home a reality, and the inspiration—and complete know-how—is right here in this premier source for all things interior design! “You may look through the book and you’ll…

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Best Design Books – Elements of Style: designing a Home & a Life

Erin T. Gates is a Boston-based interior designer, blogger, and curator of all things stylish. She began her blog, Elements of Style, in 2007 and formed her own design company, Erin Gates Design, shortly thereafter. Her work and writing have been featured in publications, such as O, The Oprah Magazine, Ladies Home Journal, House Beautiful, Boston Magazine, Inside Weddings, and Better Homes and Gardens. Elements of Style (published by Simon&Schuster) is a full-color, fully illustrated book packed with honest advice, inspiration, ideas, and lessons learned about designing a home that reflects your personality and style. Elements of Style is a uniquely personal and practical decorating guide that shows how designing a home can be an outlet of personal expression and an exercise in self-discovery. Drawing on her ten years of experience in the interior design industry, Erin combines honest design advice and gorgeous professional photographs and illustrations with personal essays about the lessons she has learned while designing her own home and her own life—the first being: none of our homes or lives is perfect. Like a funny best friend, she reveals the disasters she confronted in her own kitchen renovation, her struggles with anorexia, her epic fight with her husband over a Lucite table, and her secrets for starting a…

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So Chic, the incredible design book by Elle Decor

Margaret Russell is editor in chief at Elle Decor which she helped found. She has spearheaded an award-winning re-design of the publication and shifted coverage to portray an increasingly diverse array of talents through images and articles that blend striking graphics with incisive, personality-driven text. “SO CHIC is destined to enter the pantheon of cult design books.” We are always curious and fascinated by how the other half lives. What kind of furniture does Julianne Moore have in her Chelsea loft? Is Ralph Lauren’s Montauk compound English country-style or modern rustic? How does Roberto Cavalli entertain at his medieval villa near Florence? Elle Decor has the answers. Our new book, “Elle Decors Ravishing Rooms” unveils the amazing homes of these chic trendsetters wherever they live, from Manhattan to Malibu to Marrakech. Lush photographs capture the dazzling decor and idiosyncratic style of the featured homeowners and personal interviews reveal the stories behind the design. This gorgeously illustrated book presents a rare glimpse into the world of high-style interiors. Featured homes include: Candace Bushnell in Greenwich Village; Cindy Crawford in Malibu; Leonardo Ferragamo in Florence; Sarah Jessica Parker in Bridgehampton; Donatella Versace in Milan; And, much more!Not only does “Elle Decors Ravishing Rooms” offer an intimate…

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Ideas: a Inspiring design book by Kelly Hoppen

Kelly Hoppen is a celebrated british interior designer and one of the most influential interior designers of the world. The proudest point in her career came in 2009, when she was made an MBE for her services to interior design. Devoted to making her design ethos accessible to the masses, Kelly Hoppen  shares her extensive knowledge in her popular Kelly Hoppen Design School. Kelly Hoppen: Ideas (published by Jacqui Small LLP)  is an indispensable source of inspiration and advice for anyone undertaking home design or redecoration, whatever the scale or budget. Through tapping into this world-renowned designer’s exceptional talent and professional experience, creating a home for the way you live becomes not only achievable, but an exciting design prospect. Kelly explains how she works and offers creative solutions for every aspect of design and decoration -from evaluating and reconfiguring space and layout, to planning the lighting, choosing materials and furniture and adding individual touches. Through photographs and plans Kelly explains the creative process involved in turning a concept into reality. She considers every element of a home –from walls to windows, floors to doors, stairs, lighting and more- giving you the know-how to make informed decorating decisions and think beyond the obvious solutions. The room-by-room master…

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The inspiring Design Book by Alexa Hampton

Alexa Hampton has been president of Mark Hampton, LLC, interior design company, since 1998. She has been named one of Architectural Digest’s AD100 top interior designers every year since 2002 and has been included in House Beautiful’s list of America’s 100 Best Designers every year since 1999. Alexa Hampton is also the designer of a growing stable of eponymous licensed products for the home, a frequent keynote speaker at design events and conferences, and a member of the board of the New York School of Interior Design. In 2012, she became the first female designer to win the International Market Centers’ Design Icon Award. The Language of Interior Design is a inspiring design book (published by Potter Style). In this book the interior designer provides a tour of stunning residences from her own portfolio and organizes her discourse about design in 4 main aspects of design – Contrast, Proportion, Color and Balance. Contrast “creates tension and ‘action’ that keep the eye engaged and moving around the room.”, Proportion “serves as the grammar of the design: it establishes the spatial relationships between the various elements of a room and defines the structure or backbone of a space”, Color “provides the descriptive adjectives…” and Balance “underlies the entire composition; it gives each item…

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