Array Magazine - Spring 2016

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Books Brooklyn Interiors: From Burnished to Polished, From Modern to Magpie

Casa Mexico: At Home in Mérida and the Yucatán

The Gentleman’s Farm: American Hunt Country Houses

Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques

Kathleen Hackett Rizzoli March 2016 240 pages, $45

Annie Kelly Rizzoli April 2016 240 pages, $55

laurie ossman and Debra A. McClane Rizzoli March 2016 256 pages, $55

Susan Sully The Monacelli Press April 2016 224 pages, $45

Author and Elle Decor contributing editor Kathleen Hackett focuses on the design and style of one of the hottest real estate markets in the country with her new book Brooklyn Interiors: From Burnished to Polished, From Modern to Magpie. Once known as the second fiddle to Manhattan, the borough has become a symbol of authenticity, originality, international style, and trendsetting.

The charm, allure, and colorful beauty of Mexico have long captivated designers. Writer and designer Annie Kelly chronicles the residences of Mérida, one of the Yucatán’s most picturesque areas and the region’s capital since the sixteenth century. Featuring sumptuous photographs by Tim Street-Porter (who wrote the wonderful book Casa Mexicana), Kelly takes the reader on a tour of modern villas, rustic bungalows, and brilliantly colored town houses, with an eye on the unique craftsmanship, artistry, and bohemian aesthetic.

The country home has long been a bellwether of classical architecture, distinctive taste, stately elegance, and tradition. In this beautifully photographed and detailed volume, author and museum director Laurie Ossman and architectural historian Debra A. McClane chronicle the American treasure known as the “Gentleman’s Farm,” a term that denotes “extraordinary homes on landscapes of unparalleled beauty.”

Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques marks author Susan Sully’s twelfth design tome. (Her books on Charleston, New Orleans, and southern interiors are design library classics.) Sully focuses on the interiors of three types of homeowners—collectors (those with a passion for the art of acquisitions), curators (“those who have an eye for color and an ear for the stories things tell”), and inheritors (those who “cherish and integrate” heirlooms and antiques into their daily surroundings).

Hackett concentrates on “the heart of the Brooklyn lifestyle,” focusing on the distinctive interiors of private homes in Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Carroll Gardens, Park Slope, and everywhere in between. From brownstones and row houses to condos and carriage houses (and even the occasional houseboat), the book details the traditions and style that is uniquely Brooklyn.


The work of architect Manolo Mestre, Los Angeles antique dealers Robert Willson and David Serrano, and the Coqui Coqui Hotel’s Nicolas Malleville are a few of the talents featured. The book is an excellent resource of all things Mexicana.

Detailing the hallmarks of a classically styled hunt country house (think wood-paneled libraries, screened porches, and hunt paintings), the book features a variety of interiors from a president’s centuries-old home to newly designed retreats in the Virginia hunt country. Designers who appreciate proportion, history, and classical architecture, in particular, will find this book a useful addition to their design library.

An architect’s neoclassical residence in Dallas, Parisian designer Florence de Dampierre’s Greek Revival in Litchfield, Connecticut, and a Charlestonian collector’s Federalist house are just a few of the 20 homes profiled. The book is an interesting take on how we live today with cherished items from the past and one that will make you rethink your own possessions.

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