I wanted to share another batch of books that landed in my mailbox lately. All of which are great Christmas gift ideas. Can’t go wrong with a book filled with pretty pictures!
First up is
I was not very familiar with Laura’s work but was pleasantly surprised when I first dug into this book. Her use of colour and pattern and some of the really elegant spaces she has designed makes this a wonderful book full of inspiration. Also, the cover is the prettiest pattern and is cloth so it is the perfect book to put on your coffee table.
Next up is another beautiful book, inside and out. This is another glorious cloth cover and so pretty sitting out on a shelf.
The first book from British-Argentinian interior designer and creative director James Boyd Niven, merging South American cultural and historical references to produce youthful, vibrant design. With five chapters divided by theme and geographical location (Urban/Buenos Aires, Rural/Campo, Austral/Patagonia, Hospitality/Montevideo, and Beach–Horseback riding/José Ignacio, Uruguay), the book features multiple homes illustrating each style through a coherent and amicable aesthetic. The aromas and flavors of these regions are compounded in this book to illustrate the varied South American lifestyles and cultures. A section highlights table settings designed to complement the projects and to tell a story through the five senses.
I was also not familiar with James’ work and found lots of eye candy in this book, though found it a bit disappointing towards the end, feeling like much of the content was just there as “filler”.
And last but not least,
Palm Beach style is the expression of elegance and romance everywhere evident in this paradise and epitomized in the lives and work of architect John Volk and artist-preservationist Jane Volk. Together they conjured up much of the magic that now makes the place. The book explores this unique chemistry and the dazzling homes that are the result. John Volk was one of the “big five” architects of Palm Beach. It was here, during his sixty years of practice, that he was commissioned to design over 2,000 projects, among them the Royal Poinciana Plaza as well as additions and renovations to the Everglades Club. This book is about the Volks, and the part they played in conjuring the spell with which Palm Beach continues to enchant.