From selecting the perfect paint color to a love affair with a house, ARRAY offers the best in books this Spring.
Distinctly Modern Interiors Emily Summers Rizzoli February 2019 272 pages $50 At long last, AD 100 interior designer Emily Summers has just come out with her first-ever book Distinctly Modern Interiors, a beautiful and richly detailed coffee table tome featuring projects from her 40-year career. Known for her modern sensibilities, inventive interiors and collaborations with architects and artists, she was recruited by President George W. Bush as one of 20 individuals to serve on the Washington-based Advisory Council for Historic Preservation. Astute in modernism, the book features a wide range of periods and styles inspired by the Texas designer’s love of mid-century continental furniture, modern art and Jasper Johns. Showcasing her homes in Dallas, Colorado Springs and Palm Springs, Summers also details the homes of many of her design clients (many seen for the first time), which is a lesson in collaboration. If you are a fan of Summers work, you will no doubt love the city penthouse, 1940s ranch, contemporary Turtle Creek residence and Piney Woods retreat. Former longtime editor of Town and Country and Travel and Leisure Pamela Fiori pens the book’s foreword. 10
Veranda A Room of One’s Own: Personal Retreats & Sanctuaries Kathryn O’Shea-Evans Hearst April 2019 272 pages $60
Celebrating the “well-lived life,” Veranda has been a design magazine staple publication for the past 20 years. The popular books The Houses of Veranda, Veranda Decorating, Veranda Entertaining and Veranda Retreats offer compilations of the publication’s best features and wonderful for those of us who have no more space for our magazines. Debuting this spring is next in the series, A Room of One’s Own: Personal Retreats & Sanctuaries. Author and editor, Kathryn O’Shea-Evans, features intimate spaces from cozy reading nooks and sophisticated studies to the ultimate haven, the bedroom. Gardens, kitchens, dining and living rooms are also covered as well as those often over looked spaces (think hidden alcoves). Designers detail their secrets to creating personalized spaces in the chapter’s sidebars, making you rethink the concept of retreats.
House Beautiful Dream Homes: Intimate House Tours & Dazzling Spaces Carolyn Picard Hearst April 2019 240 pages $35 Who among us is not a voyeur when it comes to a design tour? Hearst Editor, Carolyn Picard, features her take on intimate spaces with her new book House Beautiful Dream Homes” Intimate House Tours & Dazzling Spaces. It’s all here, from sophisticated chic city apartments to sun-filled dwellings in Florida, California and the Bahamas. Taken from the pages of the beloved design magazine House Beautiful, the book “celebrates the art of living beautifully, from a rustic yet refined mountain retreat in Lake Tahoe to an all-season cozy cabin on a private lake in the Adirondacks; from a Montreal townhouse to a serene Swedish summer sanctuary.” Residences from Michigan and Minnesota to Tennessee, Massachusetts and even Sweden are covered through gorgeous photographs and neverbefore-seen images. A who’s who of the design world also offer practical advice on designing your own “dazzling space.”
Buckingham Palace: The Interiors Ashley Hicks Rizzoli September 2018 256 pages $50 Since few of us may never see behind the hallowed gates of Queen Elizabeth’s home, Buckingham Palace, designer, author and brother of India Hicks thankfully pulls back the curtain, allowing we as mere mortals a glimpse. Royal watchers (and who isn’t?) will enjoy the sumptuous Edwardian, Regency and Victorian style rooms (White Drawing Room, Throne Room and Blue Drawing Room) and the book serves as a room-by-room guided tour of the Britain’s royal family home since 1837. Hicks’ book is chock full of details from the Rembrandt, Rubens and van Dyck- filled walls of the Picture Gallery to the Ballroom, which has seen many a costume ball and royal ceremony since the 1830s. Starting as a virtual tour at the Grand Staircase, readers can not only experience the majesty of the formal spaces but gain a wonderful lesson in history, arts, decoration and architecture.