Chris’ Choice…

Decorating Books for Fall

As most of you know, I’m not just the author of 18 lifestyle books, I’m also an avid reader…biographies, memoirs, novels and murder-mysteries, and I’m a huge fan of so many works and authors. But, of course, there is a special place in my heart for those glorious “larger than life” design books. Seeing the work of many friends and colleagues, or up-and-coming decorators, is a thrill. There are always great books on design and decorating being released, but this Fall seems to have a particularly great selection. Here are the books I’m already pre-ordering –

  • “Mario Buatta: Fifty Years of American Interior Decoration” (available October 8th, 2013) – Mario is one of my dearest friends and biggest design inspirations. I can’t wait for this book – which follows his career from working at the department store B Altman & Co to decorating for Barbara Walters and Mariah Carey. Mario is nothing short of a legend in our business – an expert at creating beautiful rooms with perfect palettes and delightful accessories. This is a must-have!
  • “Nina Campbell on Detail” (Available Fall 2013) – Nina is one of the most respected designers out there today. I already own many of her books (Nina Campbell’s Decorating Journal & Elements of Design – just to name two!) and this is another I’ll be adding to my collection. Her newest book features glimpses into the homes of Nina’s clients and focuses on the details and finishing touches that truly make a room special – lighting, art, flowers, etc.
  • “The Great Fashion Designers at Home” (by Ivan Terestchenko, available Fall 2013) – I’ve always felt that there is a distinct connection between fashion and interior design – the trends, pallets and patterns in each field have a distinct effect on the other. So I am very excited to see inside the homes of some of fashions biggest and brightest. From Coco Chanel to Pucci, Yves Saint Laurent to Missoni, Terestchenko’s beautiful photography promises to show us all what was ‘behind closed doors’ of the fashion world’s crème de la crème.
  • “Thomas Pheasant – Simply Serene” – Well-known for melding the traditional with the contemporary, award-winning designer Thomas Pheasant focuses on a favorite design motif of mine – serene. Some recent projects of his include the redesigning of Blair House (the President’s guest house in Washington DC). Although a well-established designer, this is his first book and I am very excited to get my hands on it!

My advice for Fall? Curl up with one of these books and get inspired! Enjoy!

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