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Book Review: Beyond Chic

Recently I was sent a copy of another fantastic decor book that was recently released. Vendome Press’  Beyond Chic: Fashion Designers at Home by Ivan Terestchenko (author & photographer) takes us on private home tours of some of the most iconic people in fashion including Giorgio Armani, Yves Saint Laurent, Manolo Blahnik, Azzedine Alaïa, and yes, Coco Chanel.

Beyond Chic Book Review - Simplified Bee

What struck me most about these residences was the drastic range of styles – from minimal to wildly exotic, monochromatic to fearlessly vibrant, organized to utterly chaotic. In all cases and what I love the most about the book is how each interior reflects the personal style, muses and treasures of these legendary designers. Personally I gravitated to lovely homes of Kevin Carrigan (of Calvin Klein), Reed Krakoff (of Coach) and Coco Chanel (no need to clarify!).

Here’s a peek into some of the gorgeous images…

Beyond Chic - Great Fashion Designers at Home - Book Review // Simplified BeeManolo-Blahnik-home-living-roomFranca-Sozzani-Marrakesh-homeGiorgio Armani home with stuffed polar bearStefano Pilati Paris Home

This beautiful book would make a great gift and a must for those collecting  interior design books!

 

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Read full story By on October 29, 2013 in book, book review, bookshelves, fashion, Features, interior design, Interiors, Living Room

Book Review :: Suzanne Tucker Interiors – The Romance of Design

San Francisco’s award winning interior designer, Suzanne Tucker co-founder of Tucker & Marks Design is hailed for developing elegant, enchanting and always perfectly balanced spaces. Her timeless designs are inviting and draw us in with layered art and antiques transitioning between classic and contemporary, casual and formal.

Following the huge success of her first book, Rooms to Remember, I was thrilled to learn of Suzanne’s newest publication to be released October 15th. Suzanne Tucker Interiors: The Romance of Design by Monacelli Press is truly inspiring. Suzanne offers readers a view into her design process and intimate glimpses into her clients’ luxurious homes (including Tucker’s own home). With over 280 stunning images, selecting ones to share with you was the hardest part of of this review, however here are a few of my favorites:

Marin Living Room - Suzanne Tucker InteriorsDining Area - Suzanne Tucker InteriorsSpanish chinoiserie leather screen - living room - Suzanne TuckerEntry Hall - Suzanne Tucker Designssuzanne tucker quote18th c Spanish Vargueno desk - Suzanne Tucker Designkitchen - Suzanne Tucker Interiorsformal dining room - Suzanne Tucker InteriorsElegant Entry - Suzanne Tucker Interiorsaqua-colored grasscloth wallcovering - bedroom - Suzanne Tuckercouture dressing room - Suzanne Tucker Interiors

 

I’m thrilled to add this wonderful book to my design library … it’s a must for any design aficionado and would make a lovely gift!

Cristin

*all images used with permission // Tucker & Marks

 

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Read full story By on September 30, 2013 in Bedroom, bedrooms, book, book review, chinoiserie, Closets, foyers, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, Living Room, traditional

Tom Scheerer Decorates – The Book

It’s creating a huge buzz and there’s good reason for it. Tom Scheerer Decorates, due out in September is the long-waited and first book of interior designer, Tom Scheerer’s work. His classic and as he puts it, “no nonsene” approach to design, is reminiscent of design icons such as Albert Hadley, David Hicks and Billy Baldwin. From Manhattan apartments to Bahamian seaside cottages, the book showcases Scheerer’s exquisite, confident and always perfectly balanced creations. They all contain a seamless blend of classical design elements with crisp, modern touches. All are inviting, livable and feel natural. Scheerer makes decorating look effortless, which we all know is far from the truth.  Many of the images featured in the book have already caused a pinning frenzy and you’ll see why.

Tom Scheerer Decorates - the book

His sophistication is extreme, but it is accessible, relaxed, and a touch “under-baked,” as Scheerer says, because he thinks the smartest rooms are always a little underdecorated.” –  Mimi Read, author of Tom Scheerer Decorates

Tom Scheerer Decorates - eclectic living roomTom Scheerer Decorates - family roomTom Scheerer Decorates - blue bedroomTom Scheerer - girls bathroom with wallpaperTom Scheerer - pink drapery and white cane chairTom-Scheerer-Decorates // entry with mural wallpaperTom Scheerer Decorates - orange dining  roomTom Scheerer - red shutters - living roomTom Scheerer - Decorating TipsTom Scheerer Decorates - island bedroomTom Scheerer Decorates - kitchen with Cuban tilesNobilis faux-bois wallpaper and painted dresser - bedroom by Tom Scheerer

Tom Scheerer Decorates - bedroomTom Scheerer Decorates - patio with blue umbrella

Amazing, right? I know you’d adore the entire book too. It’s an absolute must have for all decorating enthusiasts.

*Photo Credit: Francesco Lagnese via Tom Scheerer Decorates (The Vendome Press)

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Read full story By on August 25, 2013 in Bathroom, Bedroom, book, book review, curated look, foyers, interior design, Interiors, kitchens, Living Room, mantels, textiles, wallpaper

Book Review & Giveaway :: The Little Book of Big Decorating Ideas

Recently I received a copy of Country Living’s The Little Book of Big Decorating Ideas. Indeed it’s a little square book measuring only 7 x 7 inches, but don’t let the size fool you. This pint sized edition is loaded with big inspiration. It features a hand-picked collection of the magazine’s best advice (and how to instruction) on ways to organize, decorate or add a personal touch to your space. There’s even a chapter for gardeners giving smart secrets for growing lush, abundant landscapes. This book would make a fabulous house warming gift!

Little Book of Big Decorating Ideas REVIEW

With over 280 ideas presented, it wasn’t easy narrowing down my faves …  but here’s a few that caught my eye!

driftwood cabinet pull for fridgeblack painted china cabinetart wall from book illustrationsDIY toy barnyard animal candleholdersdiy wallpaper dressershadow box ribbon collectionDo you remember seeing this fun idea at work in the decorator show house equestrian bedroom?

Little Book of Big Decorating Ideas GIVEAWAY

I enjoyed reading this new DIY decor book and think you will too. The publishers have agreed to give one lucky Simplified Bee reader their own copy of The Little Book of Big Decorating Ideas!

Here’s how to enter to win:

  • Simply leave a comment on this post (provide your email if I don’t have a way to contact you).
  • Extra Entry – become a new follower of Simplified Bee’s BlogTwitterPinterest or Facebook Page.
  • Extra Entry – mention this giveaway in a blog post, Facebook link, tweet or pin an image from this post, then leave a comment letting me know.
  • Please post a separate comment for each extra entry.

Entry period closes at midnight PST on Wednesday, June 26, 2013. The winner will be chosen by Random.org and will be announced on the Simplified Bee Facebook page on Thursday, June 27, 2013.

Best of luck and happy decorating!

Cristin

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Read full story By on June 19, 2013 in book, book review, decorating small spaces, Design Tips, DIY, Features, Giveaways, interior design, Tips/Tricks