Mario Buatta was a highly influential American interior decorator known for his distinctive and exuberant style. 

 

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He earned the nickname “Prince of Chintz” due to his affinity for using floral and patterned fabrics, particularly chintz, in his designs.

 

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Buatta’s work was characterized by his ability to blend traditional and eclectic elements, creating comfortable and elegant spaces.

 

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In Mario Buatta’s: Anatomy of a Decorator,  his “very last projects, not included in Rizzoli’s comprehensive book on the decorator in 2013, are evaluated and provide readers a masterclass in decorating à la Buatta. Ribbons, needlepoint, fine English and American antiques, floral chintzes, blue-and-white porcelains, lacquerware, botanicals, vibrant color combinations, and whimsy abound. “

 

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His legacy continues to influence the world of interior design, and his signature style remains iconic and recognizable to this day.

 

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His work celebrated traditional design elements while also adding his own unique touch, making him a true pioneer in the field. Preorder Mario Buatta: Anatomy of a Decorator by historian Emily Evans Eerdmans now to have this book at your door on launch day!

 

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Four women come together to save the summer camp that changed their lives and rediscover themselves in the process in this heartwarming new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Veil

Nearly thirty years ago, in the wake of a personal tragedy, June Moore bought Camp Holly Springs and turned it into a thriving summer haven for girls. But now, June is in danger of losing the place she has sacrificed everything for—and begins to realize how much she has used the camp to avoid facing difficulties in her life.

June’s niece, Daphne, met her two best friends, Lanier Bradley and Mary Stuart Harris, during a fateful summer at camp, and the three are inseparable even in their thirties. But when attorney Daphne discovers that Lanier’s fiancé—who just so happens to be her client—has done something highly illegal, she must choose between her job and her friendship.

Meanwhile, Lanier is hiding secrets both new and old that might make Daphne see the situation in an entirely different light. When one of those secrets unexpectedly rises to the surface, it threatens to change the very fabric of their friendship.

But when the women learn that their childhood oasis is in danger of closing, they put aside their own problems and band together with June to save it, sending them on a journey that promises to open the next chapters in their lives.

From an author whose “writing coats your soul with heart” (E! Online), The Summer of Songbirds is a lyrical and unforgettable celebration of female friendship, and a love letter to the places and people that make us who we are.

 

 

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