This is a special Saturday post to tell you about two great (and I mean, great) design books hot off the presses.

First, Beyond Chic, Great Fashion Designers at Home by Ivan Terestchenko (Vendome Press, October 2013) may just be the most beautiful book of the past few years. (Just look at that cover!) As the title suggest, it takes us into the homes of some of the most chic designers, stylists and insiders of the fashion industry. The homes of everyone from Chanel and Alaïa to Yves Saint Laurent and Pucci span the globe as well as styles. The details, art and collections of these icons are interesting, sometimes offbeat and of course, chic. If, like me, you enjoy peeking into homes of creative people, you will love Beyond Chic.

It will inspire you for years to come.


The next book that you must add to your library is Tom Scheerer Decorates by Mimi Read, Photographs by Francesco Lagnese (Vendome Press, September 2013). Tom Scheerer is one of the greatest designers of our time and it’s hard to believe there hasn’t been a book of his work until now. As the introduction states:

In an age when houses exhibiting unchecked exuberance, high drama, or conspicuous luxury get all the attention, leading interior designer Tom Scheerer has cultviated a more restrained brand of chic, a look he modestly describes as “cheerful” and “no nonsense.”

That may just be the understatement of the year!

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I declare Tom Scheerer Decorates an instant classic.

You can find more information about Beyond Chic here and about Tom Scheerer Decorates here.

*Review copies were provided by Vendome Press.



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