With spring travel cancellations and social distancing in full swing, Living in Paradise provides a welcome virtual escape to exotic faraway destinations. Annie Kelly and Tim Street-Porter are the talented duo behind this newly published book. Kelly, who writes about design and travel for numerous magazines, is also a designer and has also authored other titles, including Casa Mexicana Style and the Rooms to Inspire series. Tim Street-Porter, who photographed this book, has authored and photographed quite a few books and has been featured in Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Elle Decor, Vanity Fair, and the New York Times. Needless to say, these two have an eye for exceptional design, and this book promises to inspire readers to create their own tropical paradises at home. Living In Paradise showcases fourteen gorgeous residences in Southeast Asian design. If the coronavirus situation has you feeling cooped up and stir crazy, this book definitely has your name on it. Let’s look at a few of the featured properties:
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The Art of Place: Lee Ledbetter- Architecture and Interiors
I have met Lee Ledbetter. He is gracious, modest, and talented beyond the beyond. He is that rare top 1% who is a super talented architect AND designer. His new book shares some of his residential and commercial projects, which span six states and the Bahamas, always incorporating historical precedent and environmental context.
The New Orleans native designs new and updates traditional old homes, often opening the spaces within to be used in a more light-filled, modern way. His chic Modernism style is [Read more…] about The Art of Place: Lee Ledbetter- Architecture and Interiors
Every doorway, every intersection has a story. -Katherine Dunn
The streets of Paris are lined with extravagant doors and carriage gates, each with a unique style and personality. Beauty is everywhere you look in Paris, and the doors alone set our imaginations into overdrive as to the opulence that lies within. Their stylistic differences make me want to revisit French decorative arts studies in greater depth. Neoclassical, Art Nouveau, Gothic, Haussmann, and Renaissance styles can be found in all arrondissements, with endless variations in hardware, garniture, paint color. Inspiration is everywhere. If you love the doors of Paris as much as I do, this post is for you: [Read more…] about Doors of Paris
Read and Recommended: The Perfect Bath
I hope everybody (US readers) is enjoying a glorious three-day weekend. If you have had your fill of sleeping in and playing in the fall leaves, allow me to recommend a good read, loaded with visual inspiration and design pointers that range from practical to luxurious:
Barbara Sallick, co-founder of Waterworks, blogger and life-long design devotee explores the process of designing a dream bathroom in great detail alongside beautiful images in her latest book The Perfect Bath. Sallick, who has been hailed as the “grand dame of bathroom design,” stresses that today’s bath is an expression of personal style whether you call it your sanctuary, retreat, oasis, or spa.
Elevating the bath’s purpose… [Read more…] about The Perfect Bath
Bettie Bearden Pardee is a former magazine editor, Newport hostess and author whose latest coffee table book, Living Newport: Houses, People, Style features the homes and lifestyles of the tastemakers of this “City by the Sea.”
Ms. Pardee served for 11 years as a contributing editor at Bon Appetit Magazine, where she produced the on-location feature “Entertaining With Style.” She is active as a chair of many Newport social events that are staples of the social season. Who could possibly be better qualified to give us an up close, insider view of rarified Newport? In Living Newport: Houses, People, Style, Ms. Pardee gives us a front row seat to the sophisticated charm and social energy of parties, weddings, local traditions and stylish homes that are Newport.
Her book is divided into four seasonal sections, which tells us that there is always something worthwhile going on in Newport.