Holiday Book Briefs

As I mentioned in my Katie Ridder Homes review, I was honored that my local book emporium, Barrett Bookstore has again asked me to write the Home Design book reviews for their holiday newsletter. Two of the books included, I have already reviewed separately here (Katie Ridder Homes and The Way Home by Jeffrey Bilhuber) but I thought I might post the other three today as a brief introduction to those who haven’t yet seem them. As always, there are so many wonderful volumes this season!

It was during his 16 years as a member of the prestigious Parish-Hadley firm that Kleinberg developed his mantra of “beauty meets quality of life”. In the first book to showcase the talented designer’s work, we see that maxim at work in twenty projects, ranging from New York apartment and townhouses to houses around the country. The airy and elegant book design echo Kleinberg’s sophisticated sensibility, successfully mixing classic traditional with contemporary. Insightful commentary by the designer accompany each project, explaining his process, from where to start, to how to determine colors, select antiques and place the furniture. There is something for everyone in this masterful mix of style and substance.

With a dazzling career as a designer to everyone from film industry giants to the first family, Michael Smith’s much-in-demand style is a high end blend of “European tradition and American modernism.” With two previous books, home product lines and a bicoastal business, the busy designer now presents his solutions to the two most popular rooms in the house, including valuable commentary on how to combine form and function in these essential spaces. From engineering the kitchen layout to the importance of selecting the correct hardware, Smith walks us through the creation of his glamorous rooms. Even for design aficionados not on a multi-million dollar budget, this volume is a must have for inspirational ideas and practical information.

The co-star of Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorator showcases his lavish style in this new volume featuring projects for such celebrity clients as Cher, Cheryl Tiegs, Elton John (who wrote the foreword), Kid Rock, Ellen Pompeo and Tamara Mellon of Jimmy Choo fame. His signature mix of the exotic, traditional and Occidental result in dramatic yet surprisingly comfortable spaces, each reflecting the distinctive taste and style of the owner. With an appealing conversational style, Bullard walks us through these luxurious, sensuous homes, generously sharing sources and manufacturers. Take a vicarious tour with the glamorous designer to the stars – “it’s delicious dahling!”

And yet still more books coming soon!!


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20 Responses to Holiday Book Briefs

  1. I have that Michael S Smith book waiting for me at my parent’s house for next time I am in the US and I am really looking forward to it! The others look great too – hmmm…maybe some for my Christmas list??!!! I think so. :)

  2. Q, this might sound like a very random comment but it just struck me (more than usual) what gorgeous flow you have in your writing. Oh, and the books look great too! :)

  3. Stacey you just made my Christmas booklist even longer. All wonderful sounding books and if I could have only books for Christmas I would be happy!

    Enjoy your day!
    Debra

  4. These are all such great books. Great for us that are designers to use as insipiration or to help our clients visualize an idea…But also for those that love good design. Thanks for sharing
    xo J

  5. Dear Santa – I have been more nice than naughty and would like to find all three of these under the tree. Thanks very much, K.

  6. What would I do without you to bring splashes of interior design names into my world?! Thanks!

  7. Three fabulous books.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Teresa
    xoxo

  8. Good thing I just bought a new bookcase !
    So many good ones out there.

  9. I love giving and getting books at Christmas and these all look like they’d be great to wrap up for the holidays. How fortunate Barrett Bookstore is to have such a talented reviewer for their holiday newsletter!

  10. Thanks for sharing!! We are running out to get the Michael Smith book based on this write up. We share your love of design books! S&A

  11. Ann says:

    I love these books. They are on my wish list on Amazon along with a stack of other ones. I’m dying to stay at the hotel in Palm Springs that Martyn did – I fell in the love with the decor while he was decorating it on Million Dollar Decorators. It’s “delicious dahling”!!! I love Michael Smith for his interesting use of materials and his mix of old and new. Don’t you just love thumbing through books like this?

  12. designchic says:

    My favorite Christmas present is gorgeous design books and these look fabulous!!

  13. These both look *wonderful*, great additions to anyone’s shelves. And kudos to you for being asked to contribute, they are lucky to have such a gifted writer!
    tp

  14. pretty pink tulips says:

    Good thing I’m an Amazon Prime customer…otherwise I might go broke with all these great suggestions!!! Ordering Smith and Bullard today!!!

    xo E

  15. I’m a design book junkie. Adding all of these to my list!

  16. Karena says:

    Stacey these decor books all sound fabulous. It is just what I like to do at the end of a long day, put my feet up and browse design books; getting inspiration galore!

    Please Come and enter the 1st of Twelve Days of Holiday giveaways from Dovecote Decor! It is stunning!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

  17. I so wish I had a bigger coffee table for all these beauties – already own Michael’s new book but Martyn’s looks fabulous, too!
    xxoo

  18. adding books to my Christmas wish list..
    lovely reviews…
    best,
    maureen

  19. Carla Aston says:

    These are all on my Christmas list now! Didn’t know about the David Kleinberg, I LOVE his work. I’ve been looking forward to MLB’s book, he’s a favorite of mine. I think I’ll just send this link to my family right now.

  20. Would you believe I have not one (ONE) bookcase in my new flat? This too must change & pronto. So many books worthy of purchasing..so many. I appreciate your review(s) Stacey, always tremendous and valuable.

    Happy weekend to you ~ Deb

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