Book Picks, January 2011
Black & White (and a Bit In Between): Timeless Interiors, Dramatic Accents, and Stylish Collections
By Celerie Kemble
Clarkson Potter, $50
Acclaimed interior designer Celerie Kemble trades in her signature vivid palette for this iconic aesthetic, highlighting the black-and-white work of design stars and peers. She welcomes you into more than 100 spaces in every imaginable aesthetic. Woven throughout are her witty observations and expert advice on choosing the best paints and finishes, adding patterns and accessories, building an entire room scheme based on inspiration found in nature, collecting black-and-white objects, and even choosing the perfect accent colors.
Design*Sponge at Home
By Grace Bonney
Design*Sponge is one of the most popular design sites on the web. The site receives 250,000 page views every day, has 150,000 RSS subscribers, and 280,000 followers on Twitter. Design*Sponge fans have been yearning for the ultimate design manual from their guru, Grace, and she has finally delivered with this definitive guide. With more than 700 color photos, illustrations, and projects that are customizable, relatable, and affordable, this is the democratizing design book everyone has been waiting for.
Katie Ridder Rooms
By Heather Smith MacIsaac
Vendome Press, $50
Katie Ridder’s extraordinary palette, her playful mix of antiques and modern pieces, and her eye for unusual decorative accents have established her as a leading figure in the world of interior design.
Clients from Buenos Aires to San Francisco to Nantucket have commissioned Ridder to design their lofts, pavilions, summer houses, and grand apartments. Now everyone can derive design inspiration from her unique approach. Filled with inspiring photos and useful tips, this book is sure to encourage home decorators.
The Way Home: Reflections on American Beauty
By Jeffrey Bilhuber
Jeffrey Bilhuber has been a barometer of change, and his new book marks a more relaxed evolution of his style. In this beautifully photographed book, Bilhuber shows that high style can and should encompass effortless comfort-interiors where families big or small can take pleasure in easy spaces that are brilliant amalgams of new and old. As the decorator of choice for the creative elite, including fashion editors, designers, and musicians, he presents his most recent projects, all of which exemplify the hallmarks of his inimitable style: points of inspiration from the past that embrace tradition while being rooted in the way we live today.
—By Sue Boucher of Lake Forest Book Store located at 680 N. Western Avenue in Lake Forest, lakeforestbookstore.com.