Thursday, April 23, 2020

LIVING IN PARADISE: AT HOME IN THE TROPICS BALI, JAVA & THAILAND


LIVING IN PARADISE: AT HOME IN THE TROPICS BALI, JAVA & THAILAND
by Annie Kelly
Photography by Tim Street-Porter
Rizzoli New York, $60.00
March 2020
Reviewed by Teresa Hatfield
Author, Splendid Sass


Architecture and interior design experts Annie Kelly and Tim Street-Porter
 share some of the most beautiful residences in Bali, Java, and Thailand. You will pore over 250 color  photographs and pages of background and information.

The setting for these beautiful homes, resting on lush gardens and tropical plants on natural landscapes, are breathtaking. The book will also guide you in creating your own paradise in America.

Below are several of the stunning images in this book.  ENJOY!







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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

POOLS: LOUNGING, DIVING, FLOATING, DREAMING: PICTURING LIFE AT THE SWIMMING POOL

POOLS: LOUNGING, DIVING, FLOATING, DREAMING: PICTURING LIFE 
AT THE SWIMMING POOL
Edited by Lou Stoppard
Foreword by Leanne Shapton
Rizzoli New York, $65.00
May 2020
Reviewed by Teresa Hatfield
Author, Splendid Sass


Glamorous, seductive, and so much fun! A pools is all of this and more. The frolicking, splashing, and diving are a great way to wipe the office and everyday life from our minds. 

The blue water against tan bodies and colorful bathing suits will make all of us more cheerful. A playday for photographers, artists, filmmakers, and writers, the pool is the epitome of fun, laughter, and relaxation. 

Below are a few of the images included in the 165 photographs in this lovely book.  ENJOY!







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Monday, April 20, 2020

DESIGN FIX: CHIC AND STYLISH TIPS FOR EVERY DECORATING SCENARIO


DESIGN FIX: CHIC AND STYLISH TIPS FOR EVERY DECORATING SCENARIO
by Robert and Courtney Novogratz with
Elizabeth Novogratz
Foreword by India Hicks
Photography by Tim Street-Porter
Rizzoli New York, $45.00
May 2020
Reviewed by Teresa Hatfield
Author, Splendid Sass


If you are a designer, or if you just need to spruce things up around your home or apartment, this book is for you. There are ideas for small spaces, children's room, playroom, bedroom, and much more.

Robert and Courtney are well known for their reality television shows on HGTV and Bravo, and decor lines with Amazon, Wayfair, and Homegoods.  Their laid back and chic style appeals to most. 

Below I have shared several rooms for you.  There are 225 color photographs in this lovely book.  ENJOY!







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Saturday, April 18, 2020

THE PERFECT KITCHEN: BARBARA SALLICK

THE PERFECT KITCHEN
by Barbara Sallick
Rizzoli New York, $55.00
March 2020
Reviewed by Teresa Hatfield
Author, Splendid Sass


If you own Barbara's The Perfect Bath, you know that you are in for a treat with her latest book, The Perfect Kitchen.  It is absolutely beautiful and oh so helpful!

If you are planning a kitchen, or even an update, Barbara's knowledge in design will guide you through this difficult process. She gets it, and she helps you get it. There are 272 pages, 150 of those color photographs, to help you find your vision.

Below are some images from this spectacular book. I hope  that you ENJOY!








Barbara Sallick is the co-founder of Waterworks. 

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

SOUL OF THE HOME: DESIGNING WITH ANTIQUES BY TARA SHAW



SOUL OF THE HOME: DESIGNING
WITH ANTIQUES
by Tara Shaw
Abrams, $50.00
March 2020
Reviewed by Teresa Hatfield
Author, Splendid Sass


SOUL OF THE HOME: Designing With Antiques by Tara Shaw, is an absolutely brilliant book.  Each page shares the most unique room, filled with some of the most stunning antiques I have seen. There  is nothing like the eclectic mix of pieces seen in this book.  It is a must-have, friends!

Tara is known for her expertise in choosing the most fabulous French and European antiques to complete the rooms in the homes of her clients. Having been a wholesaler for 20 years, she is no stranger to antiques. Her clients include AD100 and Elle Door A-listers, Bobby McAlpine, Mary McDonald, Bunny Williams, and more.

There are 269 pages of gorgeousness for you to pore over, with my choices of several that are my favorites below, so get that cup of tea or glass of wine and ENJOY!










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PARIS POP-UP & LONDON POP-UP: DOMINIQUE ERHARD



LONDON POP-UP & PARIS POP-UP
by Dominique Ehrhard 
Rizzoli, $19.95 each
March 2020
Reviewed by Teresa Hatfield
Author, Splendid Sass

These little books are amazing. Each city scene or landmark is set against a vintage-style street map, with text on the historical background and cultural significance.  They can easily be carried in your pocket or handbag.


The London Pop-Up showcases Buckingham Palace, the House of Parliament, the London Eye, Tate Modern, Saint Paul's Cathedral, The Shard, and Tower Bridge.



and...


The Paris Pop-Up showcases the Arc de Triomphe,
Eiffel Tower, Hotel des Invalides, The Louvre, Notre-Dame,
Place des Vosges, Centre Pompidou, and Sacre-Coeur.





The creator, Dominique Ehrhard, is a renowned French paper designer, illustrator, and author of pop-up books. 

Below are images of these pop-ups. ENJOY!




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Saturday, April 4, 2020

CLASSICISM AT HOME: ARCHITECTURE OF ALIREZA SAGHARCHI


CLASSICISM AT HOME: ARCHITECTURE OF
ALIREZA SAGHARCHI
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.
ENJOY!







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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