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Design Books

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

A New Resource for Design Books


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I was so excited to learn about this great new resource for finding inspirational books (although, it’s probably dangerous for me as I tend to hoard design books). It’s called Designers and Books. Right now I’m deep into one of my personal favorite creative person’s book list, the fabulous Cynthia Rowley. There are architects, fashion designers, interior designers, product designers, graphic designers, car designers…you get the idea. Every Tuesday another designer adds their personal book list. From there, you can create your own personal reading list and email it to yourself (be warned; if you clear your cookies, it will be lost. Upcoming technology on the site will provide password protected reading lists for users. Here’s a little peek at the clean and simple format of the site:

So far, Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi have created my favorite list.

If you’re like me, you noticed that there are not any landscape architects on the site yet. Do not fret. Lists from Michael Van Valkenburgh and Deborah Nevins’ lists are coming soon.


Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Design Reads: Light x Design


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I recently received a copy of Light x Design: 20 Years of Lighting by Bentley Meeker. Meeker is a lighting designer. While he started at The Palladium during the Wubba Wubba Wubba era (if you get that reference you are as old as I am!), his focus today is on event design. Now here comes the part where I am embarrassed. As I looked through the different pictures of the events (many of which were planned by Preston Baily), it took me until my third perusal to realize a lot of them were taken of the very same spaces (at the same angle even). The lighting design had so transformed the spaces that I could did not even recognize them.  The other thing I appreciate about this book is that Meeker’s lighting highlights and transforms some of New York City’s most glorious interior spaces, from Gotham Hall to The Museum of Natural History (imagine the whale in shades of blue and green speckles). While Meeker and architecture are a great pair, you’d be amazed at what he can do with a tent as well.

Pardon my photography, which does not do the book’s photography justice; my scanner is on the fritz so I had to shoot the book with my camera. Not ideal.


Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Decor8 Book is Now Available


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I first got to know Holly Becker many years ago when I found her website, decor8 and shared it here. We got chatting in the comments section and I wound up taking her “Blogging Your Way Class” and even writing a little bit on her site here and there. So that’s my disclaimer before I recommend her book (co-written with Joanna Copestick), Decorate: 1,000 Design Ideas for Every Room in Your Home.

You know how sometimes you order a design book online and when you get it, it’s, well, a little thin and disappointing? That is NOT the case here. This book is literally jam-packed with photographs, tips, pointers, floorplans and inspiring ideas. I don’t think I had seen at least 90% of the spaces photographed (this is rare when you look at design online all day), and they authors included spaces from L.A.’s Laurel Canyon to Paris; from Ohio to London. She’s included spaces from interior designers, bloggers, a fabric designer, photographers and even the world’s most fabulous potter. In a book this complete, nothing is missed.

Because the book is so thorough, one of the best things about it is using it one room at a time. Whether you’re planning a thrifting trip, re-arranging an art wall, doing a complete reno of your kitchen, or just want to make a few cheap moves to make your bathroom look a bit bigger, there’s a very complete section in it that you’ll find helpful. In addition, the book covers a wide variety of styles; there’s something for everyone here!

You may order the book here.

  • Cover Image by Debi Treloar

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

A Must-Have, Greatly Anticipated Interior Styling Book


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Does the picture above look familiar? I remember the first time I saw interior stylist Lili Diallo’s DUMBO apartment and it was like a breath of fresh air. She has this way of making what could be clutter, or a chucked sofa, or found objects that one might find on the curb into art through the way she celebrates and arranges them. In that vein, she’s a curator, and her style crosses from eclectic to collected (a phrase I heard from Annette Joseph at an event that I much prefer to “eclectic” lately). In fact, I seem to remember trying to post about her years ago after I saw this place and finding no information whatsoever. That’s why I was so thrilled when this…

…arrived on my front steps today. Thanks Amazon fairy! Anyway, Lili Diallo wrote this book, full of secrets from a stylist. Her writing style is friendly, approachable, and makes you feel like you can do it. This is the perfect gift for anyone you know who is still lamenting the demise of Domino, or yourself! To order (and to preview a lot of the book; I’ve never seen so many preview pages before) click here.

All images from Details: A Stylist’s Secrets to Creating Inspired Interiors by Lili Diallo via

  • Picture one by Annie Schlechter
  • Picture two by Annie Schlechter
  • Picture three by Annie Schlechter

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

We Cannot Wait for This Book!


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We were so excited to see that one of our favorite designers, Christiane Lemieux, the founder of DwellStudio, is coming out with her first book!

The book does not come out until next year, but Christiane gives us a teaser on what it will cover:

The philosphy of the book is that to me the most truly inspiring homes are the result of the home-owner themselves designing and organically creating their own interior worlds – sometimes over years. This book is an ode to personal style.  It’s about how interiors reflect each home owner’s personality, character, humor and wit.

I seriously don’t think I can wait until next year. Christiane, can you hook a sister up with an advance copy?!?!?!


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