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At Home in the English Countryside: Designers and Their Dogs Susanna Salk Rizzoli March 2020 224 pages $50

Decorate Happy Anthony Baratta February 2020 Rizzoli 240 pages $45

French Chateau Living: The Château du Lude Barbara de Nicolay Flammarion March 2020 264 pages $34.98

The Perfect Kitchen Barbara Sallick Rizzoli March 2020 272 pages $55

On the heels of her book At Home with Dogs and Their Designers, lifestyle author Susanna Salk offers another take on how to live stylishly with your pooch, this time in the English countryside. The homes of British all-star designers Kit Kemp, Anouska Hempel, Paolo Moschino, and Veere Grenney are showcased along with their whippets, retrievers, spaniels, and terriers.

The title of celebrated international interior designer Anthony Baratta’s book, Decorate Happy, says it all. Dubbed the “King of East Coast Chic,” Baratta’s first solo book showcases rooms filled with joy, lots of patterns, bold statement-making color, and “preppy-chic” style.

Although a trip to France's unique treasure may not be on the horizon, author Barbara de Nicolay’s book French Chateau Living is the next best thing. Situated on the banks of the Loir, the historic Chateau de Lude is representative of French architecture from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. Classical, Gothic and Italian Renaissance styles are represented in the castle’s elegantly appointed drawing rooms and apartments which hold the distinction of surviving the French Revolution.

Who better to advise on designing the ultimate kitchen than Waterworks co-founder Barbara Sallick? Everything you need to know about creating one of the most complex rooms in the house is covered from surfaces and storage to cabinetry, hardware, and (last but not least) style. Sallick covers the basics of functionality and addresses the role of the kitchen as the most popular gathering spot in the home.

Besides providing a look into idyllic British homes, the author offers great ideas on how to successfully co-exist with our four-legged friends, who remain a permanent fixture for life in the country. Dog owners and Anglophiles alike will find something of interest in this unique book. Salk’s books A Privileged Life, Celebrating WASP Style and Be Your Own Decorator are bestsellers. She hosts the popular “At Home With” video series that showcases top style-makers and their environs across the world.


From interiors by the shore and a colonial revival to rustic country and Milan-inspired interiors, twelve of his favorite projects are featured, exemplifying his penchant for an All-American signature look. Baratta’s fearless decorating tips are a running theme throughout the book. It’s no wonder the multi-talented designer won the coveted Benjamin Moore Hue Award for lifetime achievement in design: his rooms are an explosion in color, Matisse-inspired pattern on pattern, and “a playground for creativity.” A Baratta-designed home exudes self-expression where color is everything, and his advice is simple, “To decorate happy, let your home be an extension of yourself and look for things that bring you joy.” At the end of the day, this is what decorating is all about.

The tour includes not only the well-preserved interiors; readers are taken on a journey through the French, English, and Chineseinspired gardens, unique horse stables, medieval 15th-century kitchen (updated for the present), and an Italian Renaissance studio that is painted by the School of Rafael. The author Barbara de Nicolay certainly knows her subject -- as she and her husband, Count Louis-Jean de Nicolay, live at the Chateau with their family.

The work of interiors designers Steven Gambrel, Gil Schafer, and Suzanne Kasler along with sage advice from cookbook authors and food columnists Julia Turshen and Melissa Clark is also featured. The Perfect Kitchen is a great companion to Sallick’s popular The Perfect Bath and an essential resource in decorating the room of your dreams (and your clients as well).

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