STONE HOUSES: Natural Forms in Historic and Modern Homes

Stone Houses by Linda Leigh Paul, reviewed on www.CourtneyPrice.com

STONE HOUSES: Natural Forms in Historic and Modern Homes

By Linda Leigh Paul

Linda Leigh Paul has published another beautiful design book- of contemporary stone properties that are anything BUT predictable. Stone Houses gives us the kind of eye candy that would encourage us to slow down, savor the experience, and perhaps revisit architectural details from previous chapters.  Paul’s compilation of almost thirty modern spaces span the world, highlighting architects who put stone to work in innovative ways, in homes that we would not otherwise have access to. Architecture fans and anyone who is considering a new-build or remodel might want to shop architects she included in this book. Mostly privately owned, the high-end homes on this insider tour are not to be missed:

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Charlotte Moss Entertains: Celebrations and Everyday Occasions

Charlotte Moss Entertains- beautiful book reviewed on www.CourtneyPrice.com

Summer entertaining season has officially launched and Charlotte Moss’ tenth book, Charlotte Moss Entertains: Celebrations and Everyday Occasions, is just the inspiration we need. This magnificent 288 page book makes it at once obvious that living well should be an every day event rather than an occasional celebration. Every day offers the opportunity to practice the art of gracious living — whether we are planning a fancy dinner party, breakfast in bed, lunch on the screened porch, or even enjoying a peaceful solitary “moment in between”.

Moss clarifies that the details of entertaining may be work, but they are certainly not a chore because one of life’s greatest pleasures includes building relationships and deepening friendships – which often happens around food and drink.

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No Bullshit Social Media

 

No Bullshit Social Media, reviewed on CourtneyPrice.comAnyone with a grasp of the big picture begins to realize that PR, marketing, sales, and even customer service are not four distinct silos that compete for dollars and face time with senior executives. They are four sides of the same square. What one does affects the other side. Each one of these facets is a part of social media.

In the book No Bullshit Social Media; The All-Business, No-Hype Guide to Social Media Marketing, Jason Falls and Erik Deckers remind us that social media is where our customers are. They identify  and offer insights about precisely what social media can do for a brand:

  • Enhance brand awareness
  • Protect brand reputation
  • Enhance public relations
  • Build community
  • Enhance customer service
  • Facilitate research and development
  • Drive leads and sales

Not just that, but these two take a deep dive into how to properly use social media, and who should be at the helm. This last point is particularly interesting.

Social Media is for Senior Staff, Not Interns…

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Interview with Orlando Soria of Get It Together!

Book preview and Interview with Orlando Soria of GET IT TOGETHER! on www.CourtneyPrice.com

Get it Together! is hands down the funniest, most entertaining design and lifestyle book ever. Anyone who wants to lighten up and live a beautiful life will devour Orlando Soria’s hilarious, conversational style of writing- and likely feel like he is your new best friend. You may already be familiar with his blog Hommemaker – or have seen him on HGTV, or follow him on social media. His fan base is enormous and vocally appreciative of his authenticity.  Soria shares the good and bad of his personal and professional journey with an honest transparency-  in a relaxed way that makes him seem so familiar and human that readers may feel like they actually know him in real life. His light-hearted approach evokes a page by page LOL, inviting us to rethink how seriously we take ourselves.  [Read more…]

Haute Bohemians by Miguel Flores-Vianna

Haute Bohemians review on www.CourtneyPrice.com

London based Miguel Flores-Vianna is a photographer and writer and has been an editor for more than twenty years. His photography is regularly published in various American and European magazines, and if you are like me, you have been saving his images for years. While his subjects are elegant spaces and places across the globe, there is something quite unique about his talent for seeing things in a way that others don’t- and his way of seeing things makes an enormous impression on those of us who get to see his work.  I didn’t realize just how much of a fan I was of his work until I flipped through the book and fell in love all over again with quite a few of my favorite design projects that I had torn from magazines over the years, like the one shown below.

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