Monday, May 10, 2021

MAKING MOBILES: CREATE BEAUTIFUL POLISH PAJAKI FROM NATURAL MATERIALS BY KAROLINA MERSKA


MAKING MOBILES:
Creating Beautiful Polish 
Pajaki from Natural Materials
by Karolina Merska
Rizzoli, $29.95
May 2021
Reviewed by Teresa Hatfield
Author, Splendid Sass


MAKING MOBILES: CREATE BEAUTIFUL POLOSH PAJAKI FEOM NATURAL MATERIALS, by Karolina Merska, is laden with instruction, lists of materials, and 200 beautiful images. These richly decorated chandeliers are colorful mobiles. 


I don’t believe I have ever seen so many materials and hues used to create anything!  I may just have to try my hand at at one or two or three. 


Below are some beautiful examples of this craft. Also read about our artist at the end

of the post. ENJOY!








Karolina Merska is originally from Poland and moved to the UK in 2007. She received an MA in History Art at Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Her work has been celebrated internationally by Channel 4, The World of Interiors, House and Garden, Elle Decoration, The Telegraph, Time Out, Harper’s Bazaar, and many more. Her work has been shown at exhibitions at many locations. She teaches pajaki in East London and around the world. 


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Monday, April 19, 2021

CELERIE KEMBLE: ISLAND WHIMSY: DESIGNING A PARADISE BY THE SEA BY CELERIE KEMBLE



CELERIE KEMBLE:
ISLAND WHIMSY
Designing A Paradise By The Sea
by Celerie Kemble
Rizzoli, $55.00
March 2021
Reviewed by Teresa Hatfield
Author, Splendid Sass


In Celerie Kemble’s latest book, ISLAND WHIMSY: DESIGNING A PARADISE BY THE SEA, she draws the reader in, inviting them into a laid back, beautiful treat. I didn’t want to leave after poring over this book. I loved the water, sand, and the island where the jungles surrounding the homes thrive. It reminded me of days sitting on the front porch of my granny’s house, shaded by huge magnolia trees that surrounded it.  


I am overwhelmed by the beautiful ironwork shared throughout the book. The gate that was inspired by a hand-knotted fishing net gifted to Celerie by a friend in the Dominican Republic is one of a kind. 


The tiles, sculptures, textures, woven pieces, fabric, and furnishings are lovely, and I can’t leave without mentioning the intoxicating poetry/songs in the book. You get the message, I love the book. 


Below are several pictures from the book. ENJOY!








About the Author


Celerie Kemble is partner in Kemble Interiors, Inc. she has been featured in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, The Wall Street Journal, Town and Country , Veranda, and more. She has also previously written two books, To Your Taste and Black and White. She lives between Palm Beach and New York. 


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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

INVITING INTERIORS: A FRESH TAKE ON BEAUTIFUL ROOMS BY MELANIE TURNER


INVITING INTERIORS:
A FRESH TAKE ON 
BEAUTIFUL ROOMS
by Melanie Turner
Rizzoli, $50.00
March 2021
Reviewed by Teresa Hatfield
Author, Splendid Sass


Melanie Turner’s new book, INVITING INTERIORS: A FRESH TAKE ON BEAUTIFUL ROOMS, is absolutely breathtaking! I love her use of white and light colors of paint on the walls and pops of color mixed with collections of art and furnishings. 


I love that Melanie has broken her book down into sections on Clarity, Colorful, Calm, Collected, and Cool.  Each of us can take inspiration from each section. I would especially chose from the clarity, colorful, and collected groups. 


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









About the Author


Melanie’s studio is based in Atlanta and a store, Melanie Turner Home, in Big Sky, Montana, she designs all over the country. 


Many of her interiors have been published in Veranda, Traditional Home, House Beautiful, and her firm was awarded a Kitchen of Year in Architectural Digest. She has been recognized three times as ADAC’s Southeast Residential Designer of the Year. 


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Saturday, April 10, 2021

DESIGNING PARADISE: TROPICAL INTERIORS BY JUAN MONTOYA BY JORGE ARANGO


DESIGNING PARADISE:
Tropical Interiors by 
Juan Montoya
By Juan Montoya
by Jorge Arango
Foreword by 
Wendy Goodman 
Rizzoli $65.00
March 2021
Reviewed by Teresa Hatfield
Author, Splendid Sass


DESIGNING PARADISE: TROPICAL INTERIORS BY JUAN MONTOYA , BY JORGE ARANGO, is one of the must-have books of the year. There are 256 pages of beautiful here, 200 of them color images. 


No one loves an eclectic mix of furnishings more than I do, and in this book, you will get just that. These are stunning tropical homes built not only to be luxurious, but practical. 


The homes are on the sea and sand, and most are surrounded by breathtaking pools, terraces, pavilions and sunsets. The rooms are laden with rich tiles, intricate beadwork, bright textiles, and woven rugs. 


Below, I have chosen several images from the book for your enjoyment! A link to purchase the book is at the end of the images. 









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Thursday, April 8, 2021

DREAM ROOMS FOR CHILDREN: INSPIRING SPACES FOR SLEEP, STUDY, AND PLAY BY SUSANNA SALK

 


dream rooms for children:
inspiring spaces for sleep, study, and play
by Susanna Salk
Rizzoli, $50.00
March 2021
Reviewed by Teresa Hatfield
Author, Splendid Sass


When I was asked to review this book, dream rooms for children: inspiring spaces for sleep, study, and play, my answer was yes with a capital Y! I know of many of the designers featured, far too many to name in this review, and I am in love with the rooms they have created. I can assure you that you will find a room in this book that you will love! 


The bright and calm colors, the beautiful textiles and fabrics, the stunning wall shows, the collected and created furnishings, and the lovely art all come together in a magical way. This is a book you can’t miss, from the baby’s nursery to the teenager’s and adult’s rooms. I just can’t say enough! 


Below are a few of the rooms for you to ENJOY. 








 


 Susanna Salk is  lifestyle and design author.  She has written many books, including Be Your Own Decorator and the Power of Pattern. She also hosts the video series At home With featuring leading tastemakers



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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

HOUSE TO HOME: DESIGNING YOUR SPACE FOR THE WAY YOU LIVE BY DEVI DUTTA-CHOUDHURY

 

HOUSE TO HOME: 
Designing Your Space
For the Way You Live 
by Devi Dutta-Choudhury, AIA 
Roost Books, $16.95
March 2021
Reviewed by Teresa Hatfield
Author, Splendid Sass

House to Home, written by Devi Dutta-Choudhury, AIA, is what the modern home doctor ordered for those starting out on a home buying journey. For many new home owners, much of buying a home is renovation, a process that this author is very familiar with. 


Embarking on this major journey is exciting and at the same time a lot of work and time consumption. It includes finding a home in a good location for you and your family, a home that fits you style of living and size, whether already there, or after renovation, potential, climate, and a home that a couple can grow old in, if decided. You will also need to prepare for site surveys, soil reports, permits and its history, and zoning requirements, and of course the neighborhood and its dwellers. And last but not least, construction!


It is possible you will choose to hire an architect, watch many videos, and browse through interior design magazines. It will also be very important to take into consideration how you will live in your home. Do you, or will you, have children and animals there? How do you use spaces in your home, such as the kitchen. 


There are drawing and charts throughout this helpful guide. I hope that this book will help you make the choices you will need to  make while undergoing the process 


Below are images from previous work by the author. ENJOY!










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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

BOOKSTORES: A CELEBRATION OF INDEPENDENT BOOKSELLERS

 

BOOKSTORES:
A Celebration of Independent Booksellers
by Stuart Husband 
Photography by Horst A. Friedrichs
Prestel, $45.00
April 2021
Reviewed by Teresa Hatfield
Author, Splendid Sass


This book is wonderful. It took me back to years of enjoyment while perusing bookstores. I was introduced to libraries and local bookstores as a young girl. My children were also introduced early on.

Books have been a huge part of my life although I haven’t found one that takes the place of the local bookstores of my younger days. I’m not sure there will ever be that closeness amongst store owners and clients again. I see that in the bookstores shared here. 

I have met so many wonderful and interesting people while browsing the shelves of bookstores. I love the smell of books, old and new. Online reading cannot possibly take the place of a book in my hands. It is a relationship I refuse to separate myself from.

Bookstores: A Celebration of Independent Booksellers, written by Stuart Husband and photographed by Horst A. Friedrichs, takes me back to the days of the local bookstores I mentioned. I have never seen so much personality, imagination, and dedication to bookstores as are shared in this book. 

If you love to read, you cannot pass up this beautiful book. I hope that you will treasure every page of this book.

Below are several images of the many color photographs included in this book. ENJOY!









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