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By Cathy Whitlock

New books from best-selling authors and Interior designers Tricia Guild, Nina Campbell, and Alexa Hampton are just a few of our new selections.

The Art of the Interior: Timeless Designs by the Master Decorators

Tricia Guild: Decorating With Color

Fashion House: Illustrated Interiors From the Icons of Style

California Splendor

Barbara Stoeltie and Rene Stoeltie Flammarion October 2013 350 pages, $65

Tricia Guild Rizzoli November 2013 208 pages, $60

Megan Hess Hardie Grant Books September 2013 224 pages, $24.95

Kathryn Masson Rizzoli September 2013 304 pages, $85

Barbara and Rene Stoeltie’s Art of the Interior: Timeless Designs by the Master Decorators is a fascinating historical study and tribute to the contribution of the world’s most important designers. Charting the evolution of the craft from the 17th century to present day, the designers’ lasting influence, style, and taste are showcased in chronological order, dissecting the trends, details, and aesthetic principles that make their legendary rooms work. From Billy Baldwin’s classic, polished, and tailored designs, and Andrée Putnam’s sleek interiors to the wildly colored patterns of French decorator Madeline Castaing and Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Art Nouveaustyle Hill House, it’s all here. And as designer John Saladino writes of the profession in the book’s forward, “Interior design, when undertaken by people with great talent, becomes fine art.”

Author and designer Tricia Guild, known for her eponymous fabric, furniture, and wallpaper collections, has been redecorating homes with bold patterns, strong hues, and contemporary lines for over 40 years. Her latest book, Tricia Guild: Decorating With Color, takes an educated look at the five basic color families (including 25 color schemes), and demonstrates how to use color and pattern to create interesting, dramatic, and personalized interiors. Showcasing memorable interiors all over the globe—from contemporary London lofts to the California Wine Country—the book is as much a travelogue as a design tome. Guild shares her experiences in creating incredible interiors, exploring why we are drawn to certain colors and patterns, where does inspiration come from, and using color as a starting point to establish the right mood and tone. Thankfully Guild takes the guesswork out of often one of the hardest—and most important—elements of interior design.

This whimsical collection of beautifully illustrated interiors is a departure from the standard design coffee table book. Australian author and artist Megan Hess (and one-time creative director for Liberty of London) imagined “fashionable people in their inspirational, eclectic, fun, and always extraordinary habitats”—and why not? Hess illustrated the chic dwellings of fashion icons past and present (31 to be exact) in her trademark whimsical way. Extravagant interiors—from a vintage Parisian loft and a Manhattan suite to a an English estate—are illustrated and studied, right down to the type of furniture, paint, and fabric, the clothes they would choose, and even their signature pet. Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Coco Chanel, Tom Ford, and Diane von Furstenburg are just a few of the style icons you will recognize. Fashion House celebrates both designers and style, and helps us look at the interior design process in a new way.

Author Kathryn Masson specializes in California design (Santa Barbara Style is one of my favorite books) and her latest tome, California Splendor, does not disappoint. Showcasing some of the most incredible estates and mansions of the Golden State, the book is a must-have for anyone interested in California architecture. Everything from Spanish Colonial Revival, English Revival, and Mission Revival to Adobe, Monterey Colonial, and Arts and Crafts represent the wide array of styles characteristic to California. The comprehensive coffee table book covers publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst’s iconic San Simeon estate, architects Charles and Henry Greene’s Gamble House, Coronado’s Spreckels Mansion, the Henry Huntington mansion, and the incredible Filoli house and gardens— all representative of the splednor we equate with the California dream.

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