Books on our Shelves

We fell in love with Diamond and Baratta over 10 years ago and never dreamed we’d have the chance to meet and chat with Anthony Baratta in person at the Las Vegas market.  We even had our picture taken with him after he signed our copy of”All-American” (see below).  What an amazing talent!  After 30 […]


If you haven’t heard of Florence Broadhurst, you have undoubtedly seen her influence in the design world at one point or another.  She is known for her design library of hand drawn, large scale and bold patterns.  The range of her work is stunning.  Look inspired just browsing the pages of this book which features […]


Books on our Shelves: Paris In Color

by Benedict August on April 8, 2013

The layout of this book is candy for your eye!  It’s a pictorial with the amazing photos grouped by very singular color palettes.  The tour of the City of Light is like no other you’ve seen before and it will make you fall in love with Paris all over again.  Charming, inspiring, and eclectic it’s […]


Books on our Shelves: Cohler On Design

by Benedict August on March 25, 2013

Hearing design icons speak about their work is one of our favorite ways to recharge our creative batteries.  We had the opportunity to hear Eric Cohler speak last year at the Laguna Design Center and were moved by his passion for art and design.  Cohler’s new book, “Cohler On Design” is a must have.  We […]


Books on our Shelves: Tom Ford

by Benedict August on March 11, 2013

Sexiest.  Coffee table.  Book.  EVER. You’ve probably seen this book adorning coffee tables, shelves and ottomans in hundreds of magazine spreads by now.  This has been THE must have book for accessorizing interiors since it was released in 2008 to coincide with fashion designer Tom Ford’s departure from Gucci.  Love it for the chic white-on-black […]


Books on our Shelves: The Home Within Us

by Benedict August on March 1, 2013

This blog entry proved difficult to write.  I sat down with our signed copy of architect and designer Bobby McAlpine’s “The Home Within Us” to reacquaint myself with it and after reading and reading…and reading, I had to force myself to put it down long enough to write this!  This is an inspiring book; a […]

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Books on our Shelves: American Art Deco

by Benedict August on February 11, 2013

A wide variety of buildings in the 1920’s and 1930’s were built in the Art Deco style, from movie palaces to five and dime stores, department stores, municipal buildings and schools. My favorite example of this style is the Union Carbide and Carbon building in Chicago.  Sheathed in green terra cotta with gold pier caps […]


Books on our Shelves: Time & Place

by Benedict August on January 28, 2013

          This lovely book appeared under my tree this past Christmas, wrapped nice and neat.  It’s almost magical that Amazon lets you create wish lists to keep track of the books or other things you want, need or dream about.  Often while browsing books I’ll add my favorites to my list.  […]


Books on our Shelves: Be:Life Is Here and It Is Now

by Benedict August on January 14, 2013

When we sat down to plan our editorial calendar for 2013 I knew this book had to be included in our “Books on our Shelves” series.  “Be: Life Is Here and It Is Now” by Kobi Yamada.  What better way to begin the series in the new year?  This book sits on the end table in […]


Books on our Shelves: Inspired Styles

by krystyl alexander on November 22, 2012

“Inspired Styles” by Assouline invites readers to discover their creative processes through designer anecdotes.  Each designer describes what inspires and guides their unique and world-appreciated aesthetic. With vibrant photographs depicting their work and first-person texts by the designers themselves, “Inspired Styles” is not only an object of art, it is a valuable reference for both […]