We wait with bated breath every month for our hot-off-the-press, glossy copies of Town and Country to arrive in the mail slot. Every issue overflows with design inspiration and fantastic writing. So imagine our excitement at finding a book that could tide us over when the stretch between monthly issues feels like it’s getting a little long. The second to last photo with all the bookshelves is my favorite. A room where I can be surrounded by books is my dream. What’s your dream room? Thanks to Decor Arts for the photos. If you want this beauty to adorn your coffee table, it’s available at Amazon.
In October, I (Kristy) had the great pleasure of attending the signing for the fabulously beautiful New Classic Interiors by Alessandra Branca at Bergdorf Goodman’s breathtaking seventh floor restaurant. While everything looks a little better against the backdrop of Central Park, I purchased this book for all of my family and friends (and one for myself, of course!) because I thought it was a must have. Even back at home, in my own living room, the extra-large color photos of Alessandra’s prominent projects and personal homes are a sight to behold. I gleaned several ideas for my own house for this book, and so will you. Alessandra doesn’t just provide readers — and lookers — with pictures, she offers advice garnered from her years of creating beauty everywhere she goes. My favorite tidbit: “You have to consider how people are going to move through a room.” Here’s a glimpse inside, borrowed from Ms. Branca’s inspired website: Interiors “]
This dining room is pictured bothwith slipcovers and without in the book, and it’s amazing what a difference it makes in this room. Ms. Branca literally gave this family two different dining rooms with one simple touch. Plus, the crystal ship chandelier is out of this world!
Here, Alessandra says, “You can get away with hot pink. You just have to be judicious.” This is good advice — I LOVE hot pink! But she uses it in a way that softly whispers “simple elegance,” not, screams “Wow, that’s a lot of pink.” Classic Interiors “][ The glass cabinets in this kitchen are backed with linen scrim, so you get the look of glass without the pressure of perfect cabinets. What a brilliant concept! We love upholstered walls and this apple green and cream toile doesn’t disappoint. The room looks like a serene garden.
This is one half of a living room that is done with such beautiful, sophisticated fabrics, patterns and furniture, yet still looks inviting and comfortable enough to sit in. Alessandra says that “comfort is the greatest luxury,” and this room sings that mantra. Classic Interiors “]
This book gave me a whole new opinion about red. I used to shy away from it, thinking it was too bold to use — until I was awed by Alessandra’s use of it in a good number of her rooms in this book. Maybe red doesn’t have to be scary after all. Pick up this book at Amazon — a portion of the sales from this limited-edition book will benefit the Ross Global Academy Charter School. Classic taste and philanthropic: she’s our kind of lady, that Alessandra Branca.
Let’s face it. When it comes to decorating, there are places you can save and places that you must spend. The tables in your home are likely going to be something you splurge on, as you’ll probably keep them for years. But the items on the tabletop? Why spend more than you must? One of our favorite ways to incorporate great style into the flat surfaces in your house is beautiful coffee table books. Not only do they look fabulous, but they are also a pleasure for you or your guests to browse through, and an even better place for you to get design inspiration. There are thousands of great coffee table books out there, but there is only one An Affair With a House. The classic home book, featuring renowned designer Bunny Williams’ 18th-century Connecticut home, is second to none. If you are only going to buy one book, this is the one. While her taste is impeccable, her designs are still approachable, classic and attainable — even for someone on a budget.
Bunny’s library, for example, is elegant but livable at the same time. You can tell she actually sits on that couch and reads the books in those shelves.
The pool houses is one of our favorite spots in the Williams’ home. Can’t you just picture lying on one of those chaises sipping a mint julep? We bought ours on Amazon and look at it all the time. So can you!