What I'm Reading

What I'm Reading Right Now - Beauty and Seduction: Paulette Tavormina

What I'm Reading Right Now - Beauty and Seduction:  Paulette Tavormina

New York photographer Paulette Tavormina has recently released a new book, Seizing Beauty published by Monicelli Press.  Every page is filled with lush, dense, yet elegant still-life compositions of fruit, vegetables, florals, botanicals, insects and butterflies...

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What I'm Reading Right Now - Inside Venice

What I'm Reading Right Now - Inside Venice

I've been in search of inspiration for an interior design project I've just begun.  These clients have requested European-style interiors with classical decorative touches.  So, I was very happy to come across a recent Quintessence blog review of the volume Inside Venice: A Private View of the City's Most Beautiful Interiors, written by Toto Bergamo Rossi...

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What I'm Reading Right Now - Carolyn Roehm: at Home in the Garden

What I'm Reading Right Now - Carolyn Roehm: at Home in the Garden

Carolyne Roehm - at Home in the Garden

I have been following the forever chic Carolyne Roehm for the last three decades, when she began her career as a fashion designer with Oscar de la Renta, her mentor for 10 years.  She went on to establish her namesake fashion company in 1984 and also served as president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.  

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What I'm Reading Right Now - Palm Beach Chic

What I'm Reading Right Now - Palm Beach Chic

Palm Beach Chic

It's October and I'm starting to plan for Florida, my haven from the brutal New York winter.  Hot off the presses, via Quintessence Blog is the just released interior design book, Palm Beach Chic, written by Jennifer Ash Rudick with photography by Jessica Klewicki Glynn.  

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What I'm Reading Right Now - John Singer Sargent: Portraits of Artists & Friends

What I'm Reading Right Now - John Singer Sargent: Portraits of Artists & Friends

Before moving onto today's post, I want to circle back for a moment to my "What I'm Reading Right Now" post on April 13th, where I talked about the recently published book, John Singer Sargent: Portraits of Artists and FriendsThe Metropolitan Museum has opened an exhibition of the same title from June 30th - October 4th that highlights paintings featured in the book and is definitely worth a visit!  See "Source" located below today's post for the link to that earlier post.

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What I'm Reading Right Now - Liaigre 12 Projects

What I'm Reading Right Now - Liaigre 12 Projects

Christian Liaigre, one of my favorite interior and furniture designers has just published his most recent book, Liaigre 12 Projects.  I was invited to the reception launching both the book and the new Spring collection of furniture and fabrics, which Liaigre designed in collaboration with his wife, Déborah Comte-Liaigre.  Their aesthetic is minimalist luxury, creating beautifully hand crafted furniture in refined woods, such as open grain walnut and Larch wood. All the furniture is crafted in France and the design and production of each piece is of the highest quality.  

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What I'm Reading Right Now - Sargent: Portraits of Artists & Friends

What I'm Reading Right Now - Sargent: Portraits of Artists & Friends

I'm currently reading the fantastic Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends about the celebrated American artist, John Singer Sargent.  A beautifully illustrated book written by Richard Ormond with Elaine Kilmurray coincides with an upcoming exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, June 30 - October 4 2015 of the same title.  Not only a painter of portraits celebrating American and European high society, Sargent also made numerous portraits, often not commissioned, of his friends, who were writers, actors, artists and musicians.  

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What I'm Reading Right Now - Anouska Hempel

What I'm Reading Right Now - Anouska Hempel

Renowned interior designer, Anouska Hempel is known for creating arguably, the world's first boutique luxury hotel, Blakes, in 1978.  Located between South Kensington and Chelsea in London, Blakes was built from a row of converted townhouses.  Anouska's incomparable design style is unique, extravagant, sumptuous and occasionally veers into the theatrical. "Anouska Hempel" the just published volume, written with Marcus Binney, architecture correspondent for the London Times is divided into thirteen chapters, each highlighting a particular project and giving an in-depth look at how this London-based talent layers her evocative spaces with historical details, rich textures and saturated tones. I've been following Anouska's extraordinary career for many years and her creativity and ability to reimagine spaces continues to be utterly captivating.

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What I'm Reading Right Now - Ottoman Chic

What I'm Reading Right Now - Ottoman Chic

The Turkish decorator, Serdar Gulgun has made his home in a former pasha's hunting lodge in the middle of Istanbul.  The lodge is decorated in classic Ottoman-style, with Murano-glass chandeliers, French fauteuils, Chinese porcelain, luxurious Oushaks and colorful suzanis.  I met with Serdar in his home a couple of years ago and was dazzled by both the elegance and opulence of his interior design aesthetic.  A new book chronicling this beautiful home, Ottoman Chic (Assouline, $75) contains enough decorating ideas to keep the most avid decorating enthusiast and interior design professional alike engrossed.

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