Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Bookshelf: fall releases

A number of exciting books are being released this fall, just in time for cool reading weather and Christmas shopping (too early?) The first book I'll mention, 'Habitually Chic, Creativity at Work' is written AND photographed by my dear friend Heather Clawson, author of the blog Habitually Chic. Heather has shared a number of projects from the book with me and I think everyone will learn something about how to bring a little more chic into their own workplace. We all read the blog, now read the book! 'Mighty Maharajas, Forts & Palaces of India' by Amita Baig and Joginder Singh is an astonishing look at Indian high style through the ages. A large picture book filled with lush photographs, the thing that surprised me most was how Western many of the more recent palaces are. I was most enamored with the older fortresses found early in the book and their exotic detailing. Read an in depth look on pattern within the book featuring many pictures at one of my favorite blogs StyleCourt.I first read the definitive biography of Sister Parish by Apple Bartlett and Susan Crater a number of years ago and this fall it is being reprinted with forewords by her protege Bunny Williams and, of course, Albert Hadley. This book is a MUST HAVE for any design library of substance or design student. This edition makes it affordable as well!Lastly, the tome 'At Home in Italy, under the summer sun' by Nicoletta del Buono and Massimo Listri is a beautiful and informative look at REAL Italian living today and not a stylized glossy copy. There is something for everyone from Italian farmhouses to stylish villas. You may want to plan your next vacation (or remodel!).
I'm sure everyone can make room on their bookshelf for at least one of these fantastic new design books this fall!


Habitually Chic said...

Thank you for including me! You definitely get a free signed copy now! Ha!

Deana Sidney said...

I so need to get that book on making work spaces work better...I am the queen of piles of things... oh my! I'll run by your friend's site and give it a look... many thanks.

Great list of books to add to my already creaking shelves. I am also eyeing the new book on Wharton's Mount that's out in September. My Sister Parish book is terribly dog eared... but I love it. Also crazy about Indian style... but then I have a baroque heart!

Anonymous said...

Indeed, also another I'm particularly looking forward to:


Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

I love it when I get books as presents! I'm putting "Creativity at Work" and "At Home in Italy" on my list. I hope Heather Clawson will visit DC for a book signing.