Saturday, April 4, 2020


by Alireza Sagharchi
Edited by Clive Aslet
Foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales 
Rizzoli, $85.00
arch 2020
Reviewed by Teresa Hatfield
Author, Splendid Sass

I could fill this entire page with my thoughts on the work of Alireza Sagharchi and the work of his London based firm, Stanhope Gate.  His work is that meticulous and stunning. This is certainly a book that should be at the hands of students of design and architecture and those with careers in those arts.

Sagharchi's book, Classicism at Home: Architecture by Alireza Sagharchi, is beautiful and substantial. Filled with 304 pages of guidance and color photographs of some of the most breathtaking structures I have seen.

Sagharchi's work can be seen is many countries, putting his visions and talent to work in classicism and vernacular traditions. I spent days poring over each page, which included his work in Kensington Palace Gardens in Jura, Scotland, Surrey, United Kingdom, Danube Delta, Romania, Mayfair, in London, Courchevel 1850, in France, Marne-la-Vallee, in France, Spain, Transylvania, in Romania, Astana, Kazakhstan, Messila, in Kuwait, and Istria, Croatia.

Below are a few of the spectacular images of the architect's work, and and overview of his work.

About Alireza Sagharchi

Alireza Sagharchi, principal of Stanhope Gate Architecture, studied at the Polytechnic of Central London. His work is in contemporary classical architecture and traditional urban design. He was chairman of the Traditional Architecture Group at the Royal Institute of British Architects, a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Charted Architects.  He is a trustee of the International Network for Traditional Building Architecture and Urbanism and a member of the Prince's Foundation. He has taught at the Prince of Wales Institute of Architecture and has been a visiting lecturer at the schools of architecture in the United Kingdom and in the United States. He is the co-author of the recently published books, New Palladians and Traditional Architecture.

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Thursday, February 27, 2020


by Stephanie Booth Shafran 
Photography by The Ingalls
Foreword by Jeffrey Bilhuber
Rizzoli, $50.00
February 2020
Reviewed by Teresa Hatfield
Author, Splendid Sass

This beautiful book, You're Invited: Classic Elegant Entertaining, by the hostess extraordinaire Stephanie Booth Shafran, has now made it to the top shelf of my bookcase. After a few hours of poring over each of the 240 pages, 175 of those pages beautiful color images, I have to say the this is a must have for anyone interested in decor and entertaining. This is one of my favorite go to books!

This book is laden with tips and instructions on creating stunning tablescapes with china, silver, linens, flowers, menus with recipes, and pages of ideas on entertaining. There are eight parties showcased here, and there is nothing left out, including the lovely decor, decorated by the uber talented Jeffrey Bilhuber, so you are also in for a huge treat on the decor end.  You will love room after room of decorating heaven. 

Below are several images that you will love.  Imagine 175 of these beauties included in the book.  ENJOY!  


Stephanie was named as The Salonniere's"100 Best Party Hosts in the United States."
She serves on the board of UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital and is a member of Colleagues, support group of CII, Children's Institute, Inc. 
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Monday, January 13, 2020


Janice Jean the Swimming Swine
by Lisa Larson Gorum
Newman Springs Publishing, $24.95
January 2020
Reviewed by Teresa Hatfield
Author, Splendid Sass

I was thrilled to learn that Lisa Larson Gorum has written a children’s book, Janice Jean the Swimming Swine, and could not wait to get one in my hands! I was not disappointed!  

Not only is the book filled with lovely and colorful illustrations, but the story is also one that you will love reading to children. It is one of love, apprehension, motivation, self-confidence, and a life lesson to never give up! 

The main character, Janice Jean, is a pig that was lucky enough to be adopted by a loving family that spent much of their free time at the lake, but she couldn’t swim. Or could she?

I can’t say enough about this beautifully written book! Every child can learn a lesson from this heartwarming story. A story of courage and the belief that you can do anything you set your mind to.  A must-have for your children's library, friends!


I can’t wait to read Lisa’s next book, Jean the Homecoming Queen. This Southern writer is well on her way to winning our hearts and the hearts of children everywhere. 

About the Author 

Lisa is a Southern belle who is a wife, mother of three and grandmother of four. In her spare time, she is an artist, bee keeper, gourmet cook that loves to entertain, and now a writer!  

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