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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Christmas Reading, Part 2

Some of the books on the Christmas Wish List this year...

Black and White (and a Bit In Between)  Published by Clarkson Potter.  
An American book editor told me this book was inspired by my black and white book, Design in Black and White. I doubt that very much, but I'm still curious to see inside it. It looks beautiful. And if the featured designers are anything to go by (Thomas O’Brien, Mary McDonald, Victoria Hagan and Miles Redd, among others), then it will certainly be worth buying.

Versailles: A Private Invitation Published by Flammarian. Versailles will always be considered one of the most beautiful places in the world, and this book goes behind the ropes to capture the extraordinary details of this extraordinary palace. From Marie Antoinette's boudoir to the exquisite rooms of the Petit Trianon, it's sure to be a pleasure trove of interior perfection.

(Bals) Balls: Legendary Costume Balls of the Twentieth Century Published by Assouline. From the twilight of the Romanov dynasty through les années folles of Art Deco Paris to the jet-set seventies, this glorious book explores the nine most exceptional private costume parties of the twentieth century. It also features social commentary both by and about the colorful characters—including Truman Capote, Cecil Beaton, and others—who immortalized these extraordinary events.

Made in New York: Handcrafted Works by Master Artisans  Published by Rizzoli. Described as the ultimate sourcebook for objects with real character—whether for renovating the home, re-creating a look from the past, searching for a one-of-a-kind gift, or restoring a beloved antique.

English Country House Interiors Published by Rizzoli. After the overwhelming international success of Downton Abbey, this book will really appeal to many people, including me. There are great Jacobean manor houses, Georgian mansions, and Gothic Revival castles including Wilton, Chatsworth, and Castle Howard. Can't wait.

Edwardian Country Life  Published by Frances Lincoln. H. Avray Tipping was appointed as the Architectural Editor for Country Life, quickly becoming recognized as one of the leading authorities on the history, architecture, furnisings and gardens of English houses. This enthralling account of his life and career incorporates archival documents, floor plans and and stunning photographs of this, one of the most beautiful Edwardian country houses around, and of Edwardian country life in general.

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