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Book Review: The Inn at Little Washington – A Magnificent Obsession

Book Review: The Inn at Little Washington, A Magnificent Obsession – The remarkable story of the architecture and interior design of America’s most famous country inn and restaurant. The transformation of the internationally acclaimed Inn at Little Washington—from a rural garage into a sumptuous country house hotel—reads like an enchanted fairy tale. See also: Book review: The American Mater, Jeffrey Bilhuber  Legendary chef and owner Patrick O’Connell tells the story of how this property was reimagined with a team of skilled designers and architects. The inn, which opened in 1978, is considered a masterpiece in American hotel and restaurant design and has expanded to include not only the original main building, but an entire village of cottages, guesthouses, and gardens. British interior designer Joyce Conwy Evans collaborated with O’Connell in creating the sensational English-style ambience. See also: Hotel Libraries Around the World Lavishly photographed and enhanced by Conwy Evans’s watercolor renderings, this gorgeous book features luxurious guest rooms, stunning bathrooms, exquisite tabletop vignettes, floral arrangements, and displays of art, which will inspire every home decorator. Keep following Best Design Books for the lattest book reviews from the best editors like Rizzoli and the best books like Book Review: The Inn at Little Washington, A Magnificent Obsession….

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BEST DESIGN BOOKS: FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT: THE ROOMS
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Best Design Books: Frank Lloyd Wright: The Rooms

Margo Stipe is curator and registrar of collections at the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Taliesin West, and the author of Frank Lloyd Wright: The Interactive Portfolio. Alan Weintraub is a widely published architectural photographer whose books include Frank Lloyd Wright: The Houses and Frank Lloyd Wright American Master. David A. Hanks is the author of the seminal 1979 volume The Decorative Designs of Frank Lloyd Wright. An invitation into the evocative, human-scaled, and artful interiors designed by Wright. This book published by Rizzoli presents the warm interior spaces and exceptional design work of this beloved American master. Wright was an early proponent of “total design.” Unsatisfied with what was available in designing a given space or home, he invented what was needed, developing a language of architectural detail and styling that is unique and which extended to the tables, bookcases, easy chairs, sofas, and cabinets; to rugs and murals; to stonework; to stained glass “light screens,” which served as windows, doors, and room partitions; and lighting. This approach was manifested distinctly in each of his residential projects. This book offers the reader an immersion into this work by means of extraordinary artful detail in intimately explored rooms and spaces. From…

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TOP 10 INTERIOR DESIGN BOOKS

Top 10 Interior Design Books – Most of interior designers need inspiration, education and coaching in order to succeed in business—they also need a proper arsenal of books. Here it is a list of ten must-have books that will make your interior pop with pomp and circumstance. And for you last minute stocking-stuffers, these hardcovers are built to last! 1.The Big Book of Chic by Miles Redd (Assouline). New York-based designer is known for bold color combinations, use of antiques and for possessing a magical flair for the quirky and unexpected. Glean inspiration from the luminous array of glamorous images! 2.Celebrate A Year of Festivities For Families and Friends by Pippa Middleton (Viking Adult). Princess Catherine’s sister has revealed the secrets to throwing a memorable event with recipes and tips that will surely inspire your next party. See also: Interior Design Books: Kaleidoscope, Living in Color and Patterns 3.Simple Pleasures by Cornelia Guest (Weinstein Books). A longtime animal rights activist, philanthropist, businesswoman and daughter of fashion icon C. Z. Guest and Winston Frederick Churchill Guest, this book reveals the secrets of understated elegance minus the fussy food and pretension. 4.A Visual Life: Scrapbooks, Collages and Inspirations by Charlotte Moss (Rizzoli). New York designer is an icon of Southern warmth – hospitality, practicality and,…

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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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The Incredible Dior Photography Book

Florence Muller is an art and fashion historian and curator of numerous important exhibitions. She is a professor at the Institut Francais de la Mode and also the author of many publications on fashion, art, and design. Reaching beyond the intimate setting of the fashion show, in this incredible book (published by Rizzoli) the photographer paints a portrait of haute couture that takes the couturier’s intention to enchant the public and elevates it to the level of the sublime. The great names in photography, the mythical photos that have constructed Dior’s image, and the emblematic subjects of the house’s iconography—whether they are dreams of a faraway place or captured in the vast open-sky “studios” of Paris or Versailles—are all evoked in this vast panorama that takes us through more than sixty years in the history of fashion photography. Published to accompany the Dior and Fashion Photography exhibition presented at the Musée Christian Dior in Granville, France, this lavish volume presents a wealth of gorgeous photographs that bring the character of the couturier’s dresses to life, with each photographer interpreting them in his or her unique style. Legendary contributors include Horst P. Horst, Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Cecil Beaton, Norman Parkinson, Henry Clarke, William…

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Best Design Books: Jean-Louis Deniot: Interiors

Diane Dorrans Saeks is a noted design lecturer. She is the founder of the design/travel blog The Style Saloniste, and the author of Ann Getty: Interior Style and Michael S. Smith: Elements of Style. Xavier Béjot specializes in interior design photography and has been published in Architectural Digest and other design magazines worldwide. “Jean-Louis Deniot Interiors’ features the architecture and interior design—and two abstract and two oneiric projects—by the highly talented Jean-Louis Deniot. He has just turned forty, and the 286 pages of the book show the range and extraordinary polish and perfection of each of his projects.” “I always want to get as far as possible from the white box. My interiors are about atmosphere, character, texture, and a sense of harmony.”  Jean-Louis Deniot Published by Rizzoli this is the first book about the work of Jean-Louis Deniot, a designer whose refined classical interiors are widely desired and emulated as the epitome of French style. Honored as one of the top designers by all the international design magazines and universally admired by design editors, Jean-Louis Deniot is in demand. His updated classical approach now graces interiors in Paris, the French countryside, Moscow, India, New York, Chicago, L.A., and beyond—and his legacy…

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Building beauty by Michael S. Smith: create the perfect house

Designer and author Michael S Smith is considered one of the design industry’s most respected talents, with an international profile of residential and commercial clients. He is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including multiple times on Architectural Digest’s “AD 100” list. He has also been named “Designer of the Year” by Elle Decor. The author of three previous books, The Elements of Style, Houses, and Kitchens and Baths, his projects have been featured in many noted publications. In 2010, Smith was appointed by President Obama to the Committee for the Preservation of the White House. The newest book Building Beauty (published by Rizzoli) from acclaimed designer Michael S Smith is an in-depth look at how to create the perfect American house. Michael S Smith transformed an ordinary house and its outbuildings into an extraordinary suite of rooms that display the best of this design superstar’s work. As he walks the reader through its myriad rooms and gardens, explaining each decision made. Smith provides a complete, invaluable up-to-date design vocabulary that every homeowner and design aficionado is keen to know, from the initial renovation plans to the finishing details, indoors and out. Interviews with the architect, Oscar Shamamian, the landscape…

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Designers At Home: The new must-read Design Book

Ronda Rice Carman is the founder of the award-winning blog “All the Best: A Passport to Stylish Living” Carman also writes for New York Social Diary and the Huffington Post. Ronda Rice Carman, founder of the popular lifestyle blog All the Best, takes readers on a guided tour through the houses of renowned designers, who share their thoughts on gracious living and how they bring their professional philosophies home. Designers at Home (published by Rizzoli) is the new must-read Design Book and presents the personal living spaces of fifty distinctive design leaders, including Charlotte Moss, Celerie Kemble, Ashley Hicks, Barry Dixon, India Hicks, Vicente Wolf, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Kevin Sharkey, Suzanne Rheinstein, Rose Tarlow, Jay Jeffers, Michelle Nussbaumer, Jan Showers, Alex Papachristidis, Madeline Stuart, Matthew Patrick Smyth, Colette van den Thillart, Malcolm James Kutner, Ken Fulk, Scot Meacham Wood, Bunny Williams and more. These select dwellings range from chic apartments and luxurious estates, to charming country homes. From the homey historic English hunting lodge of Nicky Haslam and the glamorous Beverly Hills home of Hutton Wilkinson to the serene Sag Harbor retreat of Steven Gambrel, each page is filled with inspiring design, entertaining ideas, and imagery that invites readers to explore the idiosyncrasies of design while infusing their own homes…

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Gardens are for Living: unique outdoor design book ideas

Judy Kameon has twenty years of experience as a landscape designer in Los Angeles. Her work has been featured in Garden Design, House & Garden, Dwell, The New York Times, Vogue, and Sunset. Jonathan Adler is an interior decorator and author of 100 Ways to Happy Chic Your Life. Judy Kameon firm Elysian Landscapes, is known for their liveable gardens, full of color, texture, and of equal importance to Kameon, spaces to entertain, eat, play, and relax. Homeowners are curious to know her secrets for how to transform a tired garden into a welcoming outdoor room. Gardens Are for Living: Design Inspiration for Outdoor Spaces (published by Rizzoli), is Kameon’s first book and came out this year. “The book is a densely packed, playful, and easy-to-penetrate read. Kameon’s generously shared with the world what she’s been sharing with her friends and clients for years: how she does it, what her process is, and where she gets her inspiration.” Gardenista Bring the indoors outdoors with these inspiring design ideas. Gardens should be spaces that invite gathering, entertaining, and relaxing-gardens are for living. This is the philosophy behind Judy Kameon’s design, and it reflects a shift in the way people today relate to the areas around their homes. Kameon has developed a unique style…

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