The Decorated Home – Meg Braff

Screen Shot 2017-05-30 at 6.23.06 PMI’ll admit the cover of this book drew me in.

It’s gorgeous and light and happy. But, it’s Meg’s approach, advice and page after page of interior design deliciousness that had me from cover to cover. This is one of the hands-down prettiest design books I’ve seen in a long while. And, I basically read them all.

Meg’s unabashed use of color, varied textures and edited details make for exhuberant interiors that are simultaneously stunning, yet completely approachable. You can envision the families that she is designing for living in and enjoying these spaces. Lucky clients!Screen Shot 2017-05-30 at 6.22.51 PMMeg’s book comes after numerous projects have been published in all the best shelter magazines. And, if you are fortunate enough to live in the NY Metro area, you can take a trip to her shop, Meg Braff’s Antiques & Decoration, in Locust Valley, where she experiments with looks and generates new design ideas.Screen Shot 2017-05-30 at 6.28.28 PM Screen Shot 2017-05-30 at 6.28.41 PM Screen Shot 2017-05-30 at 6.25.07 PM Screen Shot 2017-05-30 at 6.23.33 PM Screen Shot 2017-05-30 at 6.24.05 PMThis is the kind of book that you’ll want to have for your own library, but is just a perfect gift because it’s as pretty on the inside as it is on the outside!

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Bunny Williams – A House By The Sea

screen-shot-2016-09-11-at-7-52-19-pmOnce again, renown interior designer and author, Bunny Williams delights and inspires by sharing her special brand of design…this time in her new book, A House By the Sea, which walks us through the creation of her home, La Colina, in the Dominican Republic.

Introduced to this tropical paradise by her friend, Oscar de la Renta, Bunny and her husband, noted antiques collector and dealer, John Rosselli set about designing and building the home of their dreams.

What makes this gorgeous book more than just a book full of beautiful pictures is the amount of detail that Williams shares about not only the design/building process, but how she set the house up and utilizies it for hosting numerous guests. While anyone who dreams of living near the water will be enthralled with the book, many of the tips that Bunny shares can be applied in very practical ways to living in any type of home.

In addition to essays by Bunny, the book includes observations and first person accounts from a slew of talented friends who have had the privilegeof staying there. Architect Gil Schafer details the villa’s design, Page Dickey shares thoughts on the garden design and cookbook author Jane Garmey revels in the pleasures of meals not to be missed.screen-shot-2016-09-11-at-7-47-52-pm screen-shot-2016-09-11-at-7-48-04-pm screen-shot-2016-09-11-at-7-48-34-pm screen-shot-2016-09-11-at-7-49-04-pm screen-shot-2016-09-11-at-7-49-42-pm screen-shot-2016-09-11-at-7-52-33-pm screen-shot-2016-09-11-at-7-53-06-pm screen-shot-2016-09-11-at-7-53-41-pmShort of a personal invitation to La Colina, the reader will feel as if they have been taken on a very intimate tour of Bunny William’s stunning home by the sea.

I wonder if there’s an opening on the cabana staff?!

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Habitat – The Field Guide to Decorating by Lauren Liess

Liess HomeLike many others, I first became aware of Lauren Liess and her laid-back and accessible approach to design through her blog, Pure Style Home. I’ve enjoyed watching, over the years, as she has honed her relaxed aesthetic into homes for herself and others that are infused with natural elements and truly livable. Lots of people do “pretty” rooms and I certainly love a “pretty” room, but there is an aspect to Lauren’s work that invites the homeowner (or reader) in to grab a soft throw, put their feet up and get comfortable.

And, now that you’re comfortable…you’ll want to savor flipping through her “field guide to decorating”, Habitat!HABITAT-COVERDivided into 3 main parts: Fundamental Elements of Design, Intangible Elements of Design and a Room-by-Room Guide, this is a book that will appeal to the those just starting out and those who are looking for new ideas. Filled with inspirational photos, as well as resources and checklists, it truly is a Field Guide. But, I must say, the section that appealed the most to me was Part 2: The Intangible Elements of Design or Je Ne Sais Quoi. Topics such as authenticity, juxtaposition, comfort, luxury and charm are all discussed in a way that demystifies and encourages.Habitat_p021bHabitat_p097 Habitat-The-Field-Guide-to-Decorating-5 Habitat-The-Field-Guide-to-Decorating-6 outdoor-showerWhether you just love design and are always looking for the latest approach or if you are desiring a more livable, comfortable home for yourself, this is a book that will satisfy.

Definitely one to add to your library!

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