Friday, April 27, 2018

Designer Ray Booth's New Book: EVOCATIVE INTERIORS

Isn't this breathtaking. . .  The balance of nuances, simplicity and scale, light and color, current and contemporary, expressing simplicity and function with the richness of warmth and hospitality.  The beauty of designer Ray Booth's work at its core is the art of Modernity... contrasting the strength of architecture and the beauty of nature.  But at it's heart, it is welcoming, personal, even romantic.  Architect Bobby McAlpine wrote in the foreword:

"Architecturally trained and interiors practiced, Ray's disciplined eye has made him a cut above. "

"Casual and elegant, these rooms have a voice you can live with, and they will last.  There is a sense of safety in these rooms, made up of intelligent characters and strong movements."

Booth's new book Evocative Interiors is distinctively elegant with curated interiors, a mix of both contemporary furnishings and antique pieces collected over a lifetime, while always bringing as much natural light as he could from as many angles as possible.  The result... beautiful ... livable ... evocative.

T O   S E E K

"The process of design seeks to find a marriage, or at least a commonality, between the two main components of each residence: the person and the place."

"There is an art to the placement of things that we all seek to create or impose on our environments.  A minor adjustment of an angle, an alteration of half an inch- from the minuscule comes the mighty."

T O   T H I N K

"Interiors and architecture with personal meaning always come into being through a process of critical thinking."

"In design, drawing is where art meets thought, simultaneously a method of exploring and communicating ideas and a pathway for the conveyance of meaning."

T O   C H O O S E

"Life has its rhythms.  So do interiors and architecture.  They are by definition far more fixed in space and time. What do you do when you first wake up?  Where do you go to do it?  What type of space should it be?  What emotional needs are met there?  Does the family eat together?  Where in the house do they gather to dine?  At what time? Is there always a fire in the fireplace?"

"The particular relationships of ceiling, wall, and floor; and of the furnishings within the built frame: all factor into the physical and emotional impact of a given place."

Interior designer Ray Booth is a partner in the prestigious McALPINE firm, who divides his time between New York and Nashville.  Booth's furniture line is in development.  He has received national recognition from Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, and Veranda

Bobby McAlpine founded the thirty-five-year-old firm McALPINE in Montgomery, Alabama, now with additional locations in New York, Atlanta, and Nashville.

Judith Nasatir is a lifestyle writer, who co-writes design books, including Nancy Braithwaite: Simplicity and The Welcoming House: The Art of Living Graciously by Jane Schwab and Cindy Smith.

My sincere congratulations to designer Ray Booth of McALPINE on a beautiful new book.

A personal thank you to Lizzy Hyland of Jill Cohen Associates - Where Beautiful Books Begin and Rizzoli International Publications, Inc. for the opportunity.

All the best to you, always.

Quotes by Ray Booth.
Photos used by permission, Rizzoli International Publications, Inc.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Pretty is ... A Connecticut Weekend Home by Designer Ashley Whittaker

New York designer Ashley Whittaker has turned a Greek Revival home in Connecticut into a light and airy breath of Spring.  Color, pattern, beautiful linens, and de Gournay wallpaper of course, taking florals from accents to breathtaking showstoppers in pastels and jewel tones through-out this perfect weekend hide-away.  House Beautiful featured this home in the March issue to much acclaim, and is written by Hillary Brown and beautifully photographed by Read Mckendree.

"I'm constantly thinking about contrasting textures, like combining silky and coarse or velvet and linen.  It doesn't matter how many patterns and colors you have going on - the room will feel flat if it's missing that sense of dimension." 

"The Library's rich Prussian blue was inspired by the living room's wallpaper - you see it in the bird's feathers.   I then pulled that deep blue back into the living room:  It turns up on the table lamp, on the garden stool, and in the painting, as well as on the subtle welt along the seat of the side chair.   Even the butterflies on the sofa's pea-green pillows hint at that blue.  You might not notice these little details, but they give both spaces a sense of harmony."  

"As I design a room, I'm always considering the space next door. What are the contrasts, what's the continuity, what do I want to see more of?"

Quotes: Designer Ashley Whittaker

Friday, April 20, 2018

Spring: "A Simple Guide to the Wildflowers of Britain"

Growing up my mother would take us on "floral expeditions" each Spring.  Sometimes it was to a floral show, or a garden cutting display at a local church, but mainly it was in search of hillsides or open fields festooned with color.  My brother could only be convinced to come if the adventure included a stream that he could sail a paper boat in and of course slosh around in his boots.   There is something intoxicating in the smell of damp grass warmed by sunshine and it's no small pleasure to end with a picnic lunch.  Country Life Magazine recently showcased  "A Simple Guide to the Wildflowers of Britain" and those wonderful memories came flooding back.  I just had to share it with you.  Who knows, maybe it will inspire a floral adventure of your own.  Enjoy!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Cyber Monday 2017 - New Book: From Classic to Contemporary: Decorating with Cullman and Kravis

Cyber Monday is an extension of Black Friday where shoppers can once again take advantage of the after Thanksgiving sales, but from the comfort of their own home.  I always find that books are a great gift that can be personalized for the recipient.  Cullman & Kravis - Interior Design Firm latest book From Classic to Contemporary: Decorating With Cullman & Kravis published by The Monacelli Press showcases the work of designer and founding partner Ellie Cullman, who has been included on the AD100 list since 2000, and Tracey Pruzan, senior designer for over twenty years.  Their work is punctuated with art, which is no surprise since Cullman is a board member of the Brooklyn Museum of Art and Pruzan is a contemporary art collector.  Enjoy this tour of the firm's most recent interior design projects, a tapestry of both traditional and modern.

"...Cullman & Kravis redefines traditional design with a thoroughly modern sensibility, referencing a vast range of cultures and contemporary motifs..."

Purchase: Amazon   or  Barnes and Noble-Cyber Monday 15% 0ff Code: SHOPALLDAY

My sincere congratulations to designers Ellie Cullman and Tracey Pruzan on their latest book.

A personal thank you to Lizzy Hyland and Melissa Powell of Jill Cohen Associates - Where Beautiful Books Begin and Ellen Rubin of The Monacelli Press for the opportunity.

 All the best to you, always.

Photography by permission: The Monacelli Press

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Poetry of Place: The New Architecture and Interiors of McAlpine

Architecture for me is elation, it holds promise, imagination, life - executed in beauty, defined by style and light, holding within its boundaries love.   My first introduction to the architecture of Bobby McAlpine was the beautiful South African Cape Dutch style home whose exterior you see above and interior is pictured below.  Composed and perfectly situated with generous living room windows collecting the beauty of nature; a personal artwork that changes with time and seasons.

His new book Poetry of Place: The New Architecture and Interiors of McAlpine by Rizzoli is just that, poetry- verses of love, insight, vision, execution, and absolute authenticity.  It is simply GORGEOUS, and quiet frankly a pleasure to read.  I wish I could show you every page, but poetry is always best when read ourselves, because then it goes from our head to our hearts, to our vision.  I have included an upcoming schedule of appearances, celebrations, book signings, and lectures that I am sure you would want to attend.

L U M I N O U S 

B E A U T Y,  T R U T H,  A N D  L O V E

" 'Come let me love you,' said the house.  Some houses beckon to us this way.  They are anthropomorphic and emotionally alive.  Their character and soul exceed their parts.  They have a voice and give us one as well, reminding us that we are loved lavishly and unreservedly, that we are free to get things wrong without fear of abandonment, that we are called to create our lives out of glorious individuality.  This kind of beauty includes us.  It feeds emotions we are starving for and captures feelings we know well." - Bobby McAlpine




Purchase: Amazon

My sincere congratulations to architect Bobby McAlpine, along with his partners Greg Tankersley, Chris Tippett, John Sease, David Baker, Ray Booth, and Susan Ferrier, and coauthor Susan Sully on a truly gorgeous new book.

A personal thank you to Lizzy Hyland of Jill Cohen Associates - Where Beautiful Books Begin and Rizzoli International Publications, Inc. for the opportunity.  

All the best to you both, always.

Quote:  Bobby McAlpine
Photos:  By Permission of Rizzoli, USA

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Giannetti Home: A New Store in Santa Barbara and A French Normandy Style Beach House in San Diego

Linens in lovely shades of watery blues and creams, vintage books, shells, worn woods with soft patinas, rooms perfectly appointed, captured in timeless architecture, redefining beauty... design... the meaning of classic... These are the homes of Giannetti Architecture and Interiors.

Brook and Steve Giannetti recently added Giannetti Clothing to their repertoire and Giannetti Home, a new store and studio in Santa Barbara, California.  Here is their latest design in San Diego: a French Normandy style beach house, something to be inspired by and dream about from the May/June 2017 Luxe Magazine.

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