I have two more books to share with you that Vendome press recently released. Again, I must say these are fantastic from start to finish and must-haves. And them to your Christmas list. You can thank me later.
First up is interior designer Tom Scheerer and More Decorating, with photos by Francesco Lagnese. After his first book the people said “give me more” and so here you have it 😉 This guy is BUSY, and this book features nothing but his own projects. And each one is full of life, drama, colour and expertly curated. (I added a few photos from some recent projects as a bonus, also photographed by Francesco). In Tom Scheerer’s second book, twenty of his latest projects are featured, including city houses and apartments in New York, Dallas, and Paris; summer houses in Florida, the Hamptons, and Maine; and tropical houses in Palm Beach, Antigua, and Abaco. Each project exudes a serenity and a sense of comfort and ease that derives from its perfect proportions combined with fresh, unpretentious beauty. It all seems completely effortless, belying the fierce intelligence and impeccable eye behind every decorating decision.
Next is one I was excited to get my hands on when I first heard about it, having been following photographer Miguel Flores-Vianna on Instagram since the inception of his first epic book Haute Bohemians. A Wandering Eye is eye candy from front to back… capturing the magical places Miguel has visited and without using an actual camera! Books helped him discover places both literally and figuratively, creating romantic visions of lands he wanted to visit, and he has gone on to document his peripatetic life with his camera, recording places as he feels they should be rather than as they are. In this irresistible volume, Flores-Vianna shares some 250 of his favorite images taken all over Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas—captured only with his smartphone—in the hope that viewers, seeing the world through his eyes, will learn to love these most wondrous of places as much as he does.
Tasmin at Fawn Interiors Studio reached out about her relaunched website and I discovered this project while checking it out. I’ll forever be a fan of dark and moody spaces so this one caught my attention. In the first stage of restoring (and de-modernizing) a Victorian vicarage in Oxfordshire, she started with the snug and home office. Dark walls and sumptuous velvets in the snug along with some rustic touches and new-old shutters in the office make these spaces really work.
I had the absolute pleasure of getting my hands on copies of several books recently launched by Vendome Press. And let me warn you that each one is a must-have for your coffee table or strategically placed pile on a shelf or table somewhere. I’ll start with Beige Is Not A Color by designer Carlos Mota. I love that title and think he may have something there, which was then solidified once I got to the end of his book. It really shows how much impact and drama colour can have in a space. Bland is anathema to Carlos Mota. As he travels the world—from Lisbon to Tangier, India to Santo Domingo, New York to Paris—producing feature stories and ad campaigns for countless publications and companies, he exults in every spark of originality and creativity he sees. Fortunately for us, he not only documents his sightings with his camera but also collects images by a Who’s Who of interiors and architectural photographers. And in this volume, he has culled some 280 of his favorite images, all wholly different but all sharing one quality: the beauty of color, both literally and figuratively. There are interiors, table settings, fabric swatches, tiles, floral arrangements, sculptures, architectural ornamentation—whatever captures his discriminating eye.
Next up is Inside Tangier by Italian interior designer Nicolò Castellini Baldissera (Photos: Guido Taroni). Honestly I really knew nothing about Tangier before reading this book, but WHOA these spaces really captivate and make you want to book a flight to this Moroccan city. Absolutely stunning homes featured in this must-have book. A white-walled city perched between Morocco and Europe, Tangier was long a haven for the literary and artistic avant-garde—and black sheep—of Europe and America. Now a new generation of residents are blending color, pattern, and taste to create an interior aesthetic all their own. Inside Tangier explores a selection of these exceptional properties and their eccentric inhabitants—from antiques dealer and collector Gordon Watson and interior designer Frank de Biasi to the late fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and antiques dealer Christopher Gibbs—providing rare insights into the sometimes bohemian, sometimes extravagant, but always stylish “Tangerine” lifestyle.
And the last book of this round (more to share soon) is Near & Far by textile designer Lisa Fine with photos by Miguel Flores-Vianna. It is a treasure trove of homes where colour and pattern and textures are abundant and make you rethink your need to de-clutter or paint your walls greige. Lisa Fine invites us into her homes in Dallas, New York, and Paris and takes us along as she visits the places and people who have been her greatest sources of inspiration. Among her favored treasures are the Mughal palaces and gardens of India, the 18th-century home of Carl Linnaeus in Sweden; the whitewashed retreat of interior designer John Stefanidis on Patmos, the idyllic country house and garden of London-based designer Penny Morrison, and the storied house in the Tangier Casbah belonging to collectors Jamie Creel and Marco Scarani.
You may remember my post on the restoration of the Brody House, a mid century gem. Now it’s time to take a closer look at the garden by Scott Schrader.
“Scott’s landscape designs are borne out of an intuitive ability to connect with the interior ‘heart’ of the home; resulting in an exterior environment that flows naturally, stylishly and serenely from this core.”
A stellar house and a stunning landscape.