Design Library: New Summer Reads
With only a few days left before June arrives, we’re reminded that Summer is just around the corner and it’s time to freshen up your pool and beach bags with some new reading material. Sip something sweet and dive into these refreshing and inspiring page turners.
The Hamptons are synonymous with parties: Whether it’s dinner on the dunes, post–horse show cocktails, or even family-style barbecues, from Memorial Day to early autumn, Long Island’s East End is truly the playground of the rich and famous. With her new book, Hamptons Entertaining, Annie Falk invites us into the seaside communities’ most beautiful estates.
In her first book, the South’s most inviting designer explores her principles for creating a beautiful home rich with comfort and warmth. Barbara Westbrook has been designing classically inspired homes full of Southern charm and a European touch for more than twenty years. A native of Virginia, Westbrook grew up accompanying her mother to antique shops and was introduced by her to Virginia’s rich architectural legacy. With a design vocabulary that ranges from casual American to formal English to French modern, Westbrook’s homes share a welcoming elegance, whether it is a country cottage or a penthouse apartment. In Gracious Rooms, she sets out her principles for creating a house rich with both polish and patina. Walking the reader through a dozen stunning homes—light-filled lake retreats, contemporary houses, and historic mansions—Westbrook shares her accessible, appealing ideas. From the judicious use of symmetry to the importance of including natural elements in a room, utilizing color to unify spaces within a house, and setting a mood with materials, Gracious Rooms is rich with advice and inspiration.
Living in Style Scandinavia
Nordic countries are frequently listed as having the highest quality of life worldwide, according to multiple studies. But Northern Europe doesn’t just score high in social issues. Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Denmark are known for their spectacular fjords, untouched nature, and their clean interiors. Scandinavian-style interiors exude a classically modern elegance, boasting both innovation and the highest standards of comfort. Lighting and a deeply rooted connection to nature play just as much a role in the spaces as do intense colors and graphic design. This newest addition to the Living in Style series displays the Scandinavian lifestyle at its best.
It’s easy to find your own style confidence once you know this secret: While decorating can take months and tons of money, styling often takes just minutes. Even a few little tweaks can transform the way your room feels.
At the heart of Styled are Emily Henderson’s ten easy steps to styling any space. From editing out what you don’t love to repurposing what you can’t live without to arranging the most eye-catching vignettes on any surface, you’ll learn how to make your own style magic. With Emily’s insider tips and more than 1,000 unique ideas from 75 envy-inducing rooms, you’ll soon be styling like you were born to do it.
Elements of Style
From the rising-star designer and author of the hit blog, Elements of Style, 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.
A dean of American decorating offers his most important projects to date, revealing the foundations of his distinctive style. In his latest book, Jeffrey Bilhuber distills thirty years of expertise and creative inspiration designing beautiful and brilliantly modern rooms. Presenting a diverse range of Bilhuber’s most recent and important work from around the country, this lavish volume is centered around forty signature statements—pithy and insightful bedrock principles and axioms that have fueled the designer’s process, allowing the reader to glean the essence of his masterful approach to decorating. Bilhuber, in bright and rich prose, offers ideas and inspirations such as: “What surrounds us must bring us pleasure”; “Rooms should reveal themselves gradually like a glorious book,” and “Rooms can be successful but still remain flat—that’s when you add horsepower.” Featuring projects from city townhouses to rambling country houses in New York City, Palm Beach, Aspen, San Francisco and Seattle, the decorator’s optimistic and classically informed point of view encourages readers to embrace their own unique vision to create interiors that are as confident as they are contemporary.
Southern Style Decorating is a photographic showcase of the region’s most beautiful spaces. Filled with 208 pages of tips and hints from both design experts and savvy home-owners, this coffee table book relies on home tours to help define the region’s signature style. It’s designed to help readers dream up inviting and inspiring rooms of their own.
Whether relaxing in front of log fires in winter, working tirelessly in the garden in summer, or entertaining his friends in country or city, William Yeoward’s interiors are truly beautiful and wonderfully welcoming to all. The first chapter, Country Rooms for Living, features William’s weekend retreat, set deep in the Cotswold countryside. Originally an old stone village schoolhouse with an adjoining cottage for the schoolmistress, William has rearranged the rooms to create an atmosphere of unique charm. The second chapter, The Guest Cottage, shows the neighbouring cottage where William’s friends can enjoy his hospitality in the spaces that have been carefully decorated to reflect his passion for colour, proportion and style. Country Entertaining focuses on life lived outdoors, in the idyllic flower garden, the summerhouse and the vegetable plot, which provides delicious ingredients for his kitchen. City Living moves us to London and William’s city apartment. This is where he combines a hectic working life with hosting formal dinners in the dining room and relaxed evenings playing cards and backgammon. This is William’s third book and it is the most personal, revealing two very different homes – a country cottage where comfort is key and a contemporary city apartment. The settings may differ, but his signature style and vision of the interiors he creates reign supreme throughout.