Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Textbook Tuesday | Near & Far

I've got my last fall 2019 book review for you today! I may just have saved the best for last; Near & Far: Interiors I Loveby Lisa Fine with photography by Miguel Flores-Vianna, is a true feast for the eyes. Published by the Vendome Press, this over-sized tome is utterly filled with luxe & refined maximalist interiors. Lisa takes us through her own homes in Dallas, New York, and Paris, as well as homes & places that have been her greatest sources of inspiration to her textile designs. Here is a look at the cover with the dust jacket removed, no surprise that it's a stunning print:

The table of contents gives you an idea of how the chapters have been organized; the first section devoted to flowers, the second to collections, and the third to faraway places:

We get an intimate viewing of the homes of design greats such as Charlotte Moss (pictured below) and Lee Radziwill among others. You see a consistent theme that these homes incorporate: personal style, collections layered over time, and perfection through imperfection!

Charlotte Moss' New York Apartment

Charlotte Moss' New York Apartment

I have to admit I was taking notes from Charlotte Moss' photo above as I begin to decide how to style my own Chinoiserie secretary (pictured below). If you follow along on IG you've already seen my insane score off of Craigslist ($600 USD versus about $6000 on Chairish!). I really do hope to create the collected over time look in my own home over the years. And I couldn't agree more with a quote from Lisa herself, "[e]very room needs at least one important piece of art or furniture." 

The section 'At Home In New York,' was a definite favorite for me. Look at that tortoise shell mirror!

Having a closer look at Lee Radziwill's pieces in situ in her home, at a time when we watched many of her belongings offered at auction just last month, felt pretty special to me. It's like having a little piece of history! In case you are curious the Lee auction fetched $1.2 million at Christie's, you can see the set of 15 Indian reverse-painted glass (also called verre églomisépieces hung below which sold for $35,000 US and the striped green & pink bedroom suite as seen on the back cover of the book went for $4750.

What a fantastic interiors book and truly a must for any design library! To add it to your collection or purchase for a very lucky friend for the Holidays, hop here. To see more from Lisa Fine, head to her website here.

If there are other recently released books you have been curious to have a peek into, please let me know in the comments below!

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