Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Textbook Tuesday | Beige Is Not A Color

Carlos Mota is the creative force behind so many of the amazing photographs you see in the world of design. He is likely best known for his many years serving as Editor at Large of Elle Décor magazine and style editor for Architectural Digest. However, his editorial work producing and styling feature stories can be found in nearly every major design and shelter magazine (including House & Garden, Interior Design, Vanity Fair, and Vogue, among others).

You can see his love of creating memorable spaces and producing sophisticated events for select clients in everything that he does. Mota is known for expertly working with color, so who better to create a tome dedicated to showing us how we should be living in and with color? ‘Beige Is Not A Color,’ published by Vendome Press, is his response to exactly that.

In his latest book, he has curated some 280 of his favorite images, with the common thread being the beauty of color. Images of exuberant rooms, table settings, wallpapers, floral arrangements, and architectural details are expertly combined with quotes about color and beauty by a host of designers.

The cover, with it’s nod to chinoiserie hand-painted murals, is a piece of art in and of itself:

You’ll find it a visual feast set up not by chapter or ‘topic,’ but instead by colorways which seamlessly blend into the next. I found myself particularly drawn to the pages celebrating all things GREEN! For example, I don’t think we could ever tire of Tory Burch’s mossy velvet heaven (and you can view her chic & colorful dinner party celebrating the release of Mota's book here):

And equally ravishing is Wendy Labrum’s Lake Forest lacquered library of my dreams:

Carlos’ genius can be seen in his every-day images of his own home; I have often obsessed over his all-over patterned bedroom which pops up in his Instagram feed every now and then:

This book is a must for every design lover with a penchant for sophisticated color palettes in all of it ranges. You can order your copy of ‘Beige Is Not a Color,here and be sure to follow Carlos Mota’s design adventures on his IG account here


Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Textbook Tuesday | Tom Scheerer - More Decorating

When I ponder the start of autumn the first things I think of are school, a fresh start, fall fashion, and beautiful new book releases. I am so excited about this seasons line up of amazing new coffee table books, and I plan to give you several reviews over the coming weeks. Vendome Press is always a leader in the design genre, and this fall is no different; let's kick start the season with Tom Scheerer: More Decorating (photography by Francesco Lagnese).

I am a huge fan of the widely-published Scheerer and his impeccable design work. I was so drawn to the cover above, and even more excited when I pulled the dust jacket off and realized it's just as pretty underneath - it's hard to capture in a photo but the cane cover is actually textured and so divine in person!

In Scheerer's second book, he showcases 16 of his latest projects which are divided into three chapters. 'Town' features projects in Paris, New York, and Houston; 'Summer' is all about the Hamptons, Nantucket and Maine; finally 'The Tropics' sends the reader through Harbour Island, Antigua, and Abaco. I thought I'd be able to pick a favorite space or even favorite chapter but it's quite near impossible:

This chic Paris bedroom with a handsome pair of Louis XVI-style commodes and moss green velvet is simply sumptuous and really caught my eye:

Tom's expert use of color is so restrained but so impactful. Somehow against logic, he creates spaces that are simultaneously neutral and serene, yet colorful and energizing:

Probably my favorite use of orange I have ever seen, look at the base of those stairs!

Tom Scheerer: More Decorating is required reading for any self-proclaimed design enthusiast and all professionals in the field. He has mastered the ability to create serene and layered spaces that exude effortless beauty. Put this one on your list for the gorgeous statement it will make on your coffee table, and the endless inspiration it contains within its pages!

You can preorder your copy here (released Sept 17, 2019).

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