Must Have Design Books
I am excited to to share renowned finisher Leslie Sinclair’s third book Segreto Vignettes showcasing the latest projects from her extensive portfolio. Here are links to my reviews of Segreto Style and Secrets to Finishing Beautiful Interiors.
This book follows in the footsteps of her best selling books offering a valuable design reference for any project you may be involved in. Her most requested finish is Plaster. The book starts with fabulous examples of why plaster is a great choice for a timeless and classic finish which “instantly enhances the ‘bones’ of a house”. Leslie tip #1. Water-resistant tadelakt plasters are even being used to replace tile and stone in showers.
The sheen on this fabulous plaster ceiling is glass-like and achieved through waxing and buffing. The book is filled with inspiration. I love that no surface is ignored particularly ceilings.
There is a special focus on kitchens, baths and bedroom retreats. Beautiful example of grisaille. Leslie explains that with few elements with which to create a unique design in a bath, they captured the homeowner’s love of Mississippi history and landscapes in this lovely mural.
This mural is in Leslie’s home. It was much darker prior to her recent renovation. She used a thinned version of the room’s new wall color as a glaze.
Another example of the effectiveness of using a glaze over wood paneling. A great way to update the feel of a room by creating a softer color palette. This is just one beautiful example of the power and magic of color. Leslie is a color expert and she shares her wisdom in information packed sections on “Picking the Right Colors”, “Finding the Right Sheen”, “Choosing the Perfect White”, and her own color “Blaygreen”, Finding the Perfect Shade of Blue-Gray-Green.
Everyone can use some inspiration on how to camouflage a television. Finish is so important for cabinets. Leslie shares lots of great finishes for cabinetry, doors and furniture.
Particularly in a kitchen it is all about the cabinet finish.
Congratulations Leslie. A beautiful and valuable book.
Here are some more picks of great books just in time for Christmas shopping.
Alberto Pinto is revered as one of the greatest decorators of the twentieth century, who made his distinctive mark on the world of interior design thanks to his style, his extraordinary perception, and his perpetually renewed inspiration. This new volume presents the latest creations by Cabinet Alberto Pinto in its luxurious, comfortable, generous, and modern signature style, revealing singular interiors that have never been seen before—sumptuous hôtels particuliers, lavish apartments, historical residences, and even a Middle Eastern palace—all of which reveal the quintessential Alberto Pinto style.
“An insider’s tour of the most creative and inspiring rooms belonging to tastemakers—artists, interior designers, craftspeople, collectors, and aristocrats—in Italy today. Italy has been a source of inspiration for generations of artists and lovers of beauty. In this book, Italians Oberto Gili and Marella Caracciolo Chia take us around the country and into the homes of some of its most stylish habitués. From rural estates in Tuscany and spectacular seaside villas to an eighteenth-century palace in Puglia and city residences in Turin, Milan, Venice, Rome, and Naples, the properties reveal the unique personal visions of the owners and the inescapable appeal of Italian style. The diversity of places echoes the wide range of geographical contexts. Each interior acts as a source of surprise and an impetus for creativity, reflecting the individual tastes and talents of those who live and have lived there—designer Carlo Mollino, couturier Stephan Janson, art and literary scholar Mario Praz, and artists Sandro Chia and Alessandro Twombly. In addition to the houses of artists and craftspeople, rooms of visionary interior designers, such as Camilla Guinness, Roberto Peregalli, and Laura Sartori Rimini, are also included. This book—an intimate glimpse into some of the most beautiful and inaccessible dwellings in Italy today—is perfect for aesthetically minded readers with an interest in interior design, Italy, and the art of fine living.”
Great Houses, Modern Aristocrats $39.55
“This stunning book presents the intriguing stories and celebrated histories of some of the leading families of Great Britain and Ireland and the opulent residences that have defined their heritages. The history of England is inextricably linked with the stories of its leading aristocratic dynasties and the great seats they have occupied for centuries. As the current owners speak of the critical roles their ancestors have played in the nation, they bring history alive. All of these houses have survived great wars, economic upheavals, and, at times, scandal. Filled with stunning photography, this book is a remarkably intimate and lively look inside some of Britain’s stateliest houses, with the modern-day aristocrats who live in them and keep them going in high style. This book presents a tour of some of England’s finest residences, with many of the interiors shown here for the first time. It includes Blenheim Palace—seven acres under one roof, eclipsing the splendor of any of the British royal family’s residences—property of the Dukes of Marlborough; the exquisite Old Vicarage in Derbyshire, last residence of the late Dowager Duchess of Devonshire (née Deborah Mitford); Haddon Hall, a vast crenellated 900-year-old manor house belonging to the Dukes of Rutland that has been called the most romantic house in England; and the island paradises on Mustique and St. Lucia of the 3rd Baron Glenconner. This book is perfect for history buffs and lovers of traditional interior design and English country life.”
“From Sloane Square to Notting Hill and from Spitalfields to Piccadilly, discover the most original and exceptional homes that London has to offer. Barbara and Rene Stoeltie take readers on a diverse and personalized journey through London in this selection of the most elegant, quirky, bold, and original residences of the capital city. Take a tour through the homes of the interior design elite, from Christopher Gibbs’s classic English home on Cheyne Walk to David Gill’s cavernous renovated glove factory in Vauxhall; from Gabrielle Cross’s extensive collection of inherited art to Sera Hersham-Loftus’s ultra-feminine Victorian house in St. John’s Wood; and from Anthony Redmile’s antique-filled abode to Duggie Fields’s post-modernist art collection housed in Earls Court. Readers can integrate ideas into their own home, as the Stoelties, true connoisseurs of the world of interior decoration, dissect the style of each home in concise and enlightening texts accompanied by exquisite photography. This volume presents an exclusive array of London homes that perfectly reflects the diversity and eclecticism of the city’s inhabitants and will also provide a source of inspiration for contemporary interiors.”
The Perfect Bath $37.09
” A chic, polished guide to creating your dream bathroom, including engaging interviews with top designers and practical advice for homeowners. Whether you call it your sanctuary, retreat, oasis, or spa, the bath is unlike any other room in the house. It can be the most private and indulgent of spaces or a simple, public one in which guests need to feel comfortable. Today’s bath is an expression of personal style and priorities and the luxurious focal point of sophisticated interiors. Creating the perfect bath has become an obsession for homeowners and designers. Yet perhaps no room in the house requires as much forethought and planning as the bath. In The Perfect Bath, Barbara Sallick explores the process of designing a bathroom in great detail and with beautiful images. She shares exquisite, favorite, and esteemed baths, talks with top designers—including Suzanne Lovell, Pamela Shamshiri, Thomas O’Brien, Lee Mindel, Gil Schafer, Tim Clarke, and Steven Gambrel—about their work, and offers important, how-to advice for homeowners. Combining evocative, informative photography with an authoritative, engaging narrative, The Perfect Bath will be an essential, lasting resource.”