Design Library: The Tailored Interior


February 17, 2011

Find the Pretty readers I’m happy to bring you my next recommendation for your Design Library, Thad Haye’s The Tailored InteriorHaye’s has just the right touch of the upper crust traditional Manhattan design mixed with a slightly edgier feel accomplished through unexpected pops of color, contemporary art and the occasional modern light fixture.  A true pleasure to peruse.


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  Design Library: Saladino Villa


September 30, 2010

Another classic for your library.  The soft hues and gentle forms used by Saladino always allow for a gracious and serene environment.  I have never seen skirting done in such a sophisticated manner.

All images from Saladino Style


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  Design Library: Hue


September 23, 2010

The next book on my Design Library list (hopefully for my birthday in November… hint hint) is Kelly Wearstler’s  Hue.  I already have her first two books and I can’t imagine not adding her newest book to my collection.  It’s a bit extravagant since it’s a limited edition signed version… but a girl can dream right!?!

Ahhh… purple.  The color of royalty.

Traditional chic.

Opulent and Kelly Green and I love it.

You can’t be afraid of mixing patterns and textures.  When done right it is masterful.

All images from Kelly Wearstler’s site.


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  Design Library: David Hicks A Life of Design


September 16, 2010

I’ve been wanting to add a book of David Hick’s work for a few years now, ever since I went to school and worked with my friend Elizabeth at Westbrook Interiors.  She is a huge fan of David Hicks and I can see why.  He was an early master of contemporary design and his work still fresh today has inspired me many times over.

Fresh and poppy.  I love the play of aqua and yellow off all the green tones.

How can you go wrong with black lacquer walls and Queen Elizabeth.

This is a serious library.  It even has a ladder.

Tone on tone neutrals… and doing accessories right.

Yellow… rarely done and rarely done right.

The art of pink and red.


Traditional, until you spot the bent acrylic tables.

Marble and flowers- soft and hard done right.

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  Design Library: Crossing Boundaries


July 20, 2010

I had to round out the collection for the Vicente Wolf books out there and ready to be admired by recommending Crossing Boundries: A Global Vision of Design.  This was my first Vicente Wolf book and I still return to it often.  I believe this book to be one of the first design books that helped me shape who I am as a designer today.  Enjoy!


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  Design Library: Domicilium Decoratus


July 15, 2010

That’s right folks here is another Kelly Wearstler book recommendation for your design library, Domicilum Decoratus.  You really can’t have too many of her books.  Each book holds so many stunning and inspiring photos.  This one is already in my library and I reference it frequently.


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  Design Library: My Prescription for Anti-Depressive Living


June 28, 2010

This is the book currently living on my living room end table.  There is not a time when I pick up this book and flip through the pages that I don’t have a smile on my face. Jonathan Adler is not only supremely talented but also knows how to have fun with design.  It doesn’t always have to be serious to be pretty!


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