HDF Design Books Giveaway
We are giving away 7 interior/home design related books.Â The topics range from contemporary, traditional, country, and green design styles.
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Books you Can Win
1. The New Traditional
The New Traditional by Darryl Carter
ABOUT THIS BOOK
Darryl Carter is a leader in the design world, recognized for his restrained, distinguished, and livable environments. Known for seamlessly mixing the modern with the classical, Carter presents a comprehensive guide to creating a home that balances individual comfort with a timeless aesthetic.
Comfort is the essential element of a successful interior, but also the most elusive. Too often our design decisions are driven by others. In The New Traditional, Darryl Carter encourages you to be true to your own lifestyle. More than a stunning book, this is an accessible resource for making an elegant, inviting home, responsive to the people who live in it every day.
A fresh take on American design, Carterâ€™s work has been lauded as the New Traditional for effortlessly blending classic and modern elements to create personal environments. Patinated furniture, subtle textiles and lighting, and chalky washes of color are among the details that transform a house into a home. Carter explains how you can translate these details into inspired and always calming surroundings. Ignore the obvious. Redefine a dining room so that it doubles as a library by lining the walls with bookshelves and using wing chairs in lieu of dining chairs. Stain wood floors white to create a greater sense of space. Build rooms around art. Carter shows that designing your home is a process to be enjoyed.
2.Â The Luxury Bathroom
The Luxury Bathroom by Samantha Nestor
ABOUT THIS BOOK
The bathroom is the new design frontier. In urban apartments and at large secluded estates, adventurous home owners and the nationâ€™s top designers are breaking the old rules, using space and materials in dramatic new ways and reimagining just what a bathroom can be. No longer intended solely for utilitarian purposes, todayâ€™s bathrooms are designed for everything from solitude to accommodating the family to entertaining.
The Luxury Bathroom offers a tour of thirty-five state-of-the-art spaces created by todayâ€™s top designersâ€”among them Celerie Kemble, Jamie Drake, and Miles Reddâ€”in exclusive residences across the country. From luxuriously equipped expanses worthy of Canyon Ranch to a tiny Beaux Arts bathroom inspired by a gallery at New Yorkâ€™s Metropolitan Museum of Art to a guest bath covered in leather tiles, each room is unique and a rich source of inspiration and aspiration.
Once the most purely functional of rooms, bathrooms today are evolving into the most fanciful and sumptuous of living spaces. In these pages youâ€™ll discover a getaway oasis that brings the spa vacation home, an unabashedly social space complete with wet bar and fabulous upholstery, and a womanâ€™s private sanctuary that is the ultimate expression of contemporary femininity.
Not only delving into the details that make each room unique, but also including humor and insight into how the spaces reflect the ownersâ€™ lifestyle, taste, and vision, The Luxury Bathroom reveals a surprising range of possibilities for reinventing this room, for those of us who are ready to begin now or who are just dreaming about doing so.
The phenomenal array of unique materials and the limitless imagination of designers and builders have made bathrooms the new design frontier. The space has become a nucleus of style and taste, but perhaps it is most notable for seducing its owners to spend time there. And, after all, what is more luxurious than time? With the endless possibilities for what was once a boxed-in space, the bathroom has become the Cinderella star of a fancy dress ball. And so The Luxury Bathroom will inform and entertain as it celebrates not just the bathroom, but really the imagination.
3.Â The Divine Home
The Divine Home by Peter Vitale
ABOUT THIS BOOK
For the millions of Americans combining the spiritual and the decorative in their homesâ€”from dramatic crosses in a modern log cabin to handcrafted Native American spirit masks in a sprawling Southwestern ranchâ€”this beautifully rendered book of interior design depicts how the serene touch of religious design elements can be effortlessly incorporated with a modern sensibility.
Whether as a reflection of fervent belief, a secular nod to nostalgia, or a purely aesthetic choice, devotional objects such as religious idols, crosses, and Buddha statues have a profound visual power. Within these pages are thirty homes in which works inspired by religious traditions form a vital and varied part of the sumptuous and serene design of these spaces.
Some of the people featured in this dramatic book collect with a geographic interest, some define their collections stylistically, and still others choose a historical framework. Yet all of the residences share a distinctly personal touch. Personality, in fact, runs rampant through these interiors that tell stories about the owners, the objects, and the houses themselves, such as CeCe Cordâ€™s sunny Texas residence, John Saladinoâ€™s calm California villa, Kelly Kleinâ€™s soaring Manhattan loft, and Adrienne Vittadiniâ€™s richly textured Florida home.
While some of the residents have personal spiritual connections with their piecesâ€”like a Santa Fe psychoanalyst and his varied collections of Outsider art, African works, and Judaicaâ€”others merely find in the antiquities a sense of beauty and comfort. An interior designer who updated a rustic Colorado cabin is drawn to decorating with crosses for their geometric appeal as opposed to their religious connotations. In New York and Los Angeles, two different homeowners escape their busy lives in peaceful, calming environments created with Asian art.
While the religious or spiritual elements are quite pronounced, they blend seamlessly into fascinating, eye-catching hybridized environmentsâ€”from French ProvenÃ§al to Spanish Colonial to light, airy patrician. Each residenceâ€”captured by one of the most sought-after interior photographersâ€”will enchant you with its beauty and originality and perhaps inspire you to begin a spiritual collection of your own. A collection, as these homeowners explain, starts with one artwork, but it is one piece that can lead to a magnificent obsession.
4.Â Celerie Kemble: To Your Taste
Celerie Kemble: To Your Taste by Celerie Kemble
ABOUT THIS BOOK
Celebrate whatâ€™s beautiful about traditional style while breaking some of its rules: Take a page out of a designerâ€™s book and add your own sense of relaxed whimsy and exuberant personality to create spaces that are versatile, original, and truly livable.
Thatâ€™s designer Celerie Kembleâ€™s philosophy in a nutshell. Itâ€™s all about blending a classic sensibility with a dose of irreverence and a dollop of humor to achieve a home thatâ€™s tasteful, eclectic, always evolving, and always welcoming.
Celerie takes you by the hand, gives you a detailed look at many of her signature interiors, and enthusiastically reassures you that, with the right information and attitude, you can overcome challenges and artfully achieve the ultimate design goalâ€”a perfect blend of beauty and comfort.
From finding inspiration in childhood memories, current trends, and favorite belongings to working around real-life design dilemmas (such as a lack of space or light, or awkward floor plans) to selecting just the right furnishings (including rugs, lamps, and accessories), Celerie Kemble: To Your Taste infectiously proves that when making a beautiful home, the process is the best part.
5.Â French Country Kitchen
French Country Kitchens by Linda Dannenberg
ABOUT THIS BOOK
â€œWhen I think back on all the homes Iâ€™ve visited in the French countrysideâ€”and Iâ€™ve visited hundreds over the last twenty-five yearsâ€”it is almost always the kitchens I remember most clearly and recall with the most affection.â€
â€”From the introduction
The kitchen is truly the heart of the home, and nowhere is this exemplified with more style and personality than in France. Distinguished by striking craftsmanship, bold colors, and vintage accents, the French country kitchenâ€”whether a rustic retreat or an urban oasisâ€”is always unique and inviting.
In this beautiful celebration of Franceâ€™s real-life kitchens, French style authority Linda Dannenberg invites us into dozens of kitchens that capture the spirit of their regions, carefully examining the design, the priorities of the owners, and the detailsâ€”from color palettes to collectiblesâ€”that create inviting, functional, and personal spaces. Youâ€™ll visit a remarkable new â€œeighteenth-centuryâ€ kitchen in the heart of Parisâ€™s old garment district designed entirely with elements dating from the 1700s; an airy, open family kitchen in a ProvenÃ§al house that was once a grain mill; a dramatic kitchen, bold in color and scale, in an elegant farmhouse in Saint-RÃ©my-de-Provence; a romantic country kitchen, illuminated by a Palladian-style window from an old abbey, in a welcoming village surrounded by the farmland of the ÃŽle-de France; and a casual Parisian spaceâ€”once an atelier occupied by Pablo Picassoâ€”featuring a kitchen with subtle, restrained mosaics.
Distinctive elements that characterize these welcoming spaces are examined in depth, from tile work to the French way with color. Youâ€™ll even find recipes that capture the spirit of the French kitchen. With an extensive directory of sources, more than 200 full-color photographs, and evocative text highlighting a bounty of original ideas, French Country Kitchens is a lush and inspiring guide to re-creating a little corner of France in the heart of your own home.
6.Â Dreaming Green
Dreaming Green by Lisa Sharkey and Paul Gleicher
ABOUT THIS BOOK
For anyone with eco-friendly ideals as well as a penchant for high style, Dreaming Green showcases seventeen inspiring homes that are at once luxurious, beautiful, and fashioned inside and out with green materials, design, and details.
While renovating their Manhattan brownstone, Lisa Sharkey and LEED-accredited architect Paul Gleicherâ€™s top priority was to create a home that was light on the earth and completely free of the harmful products that are often found in building and decorative supplies. A sophisticated couple who entertain frequently, Sharkey and Gleicher also demanded a home that was beautiful from the basement to the top floorâ€™s sunroom. They sourced stylish and elegant materials, designed small and large spaces for flawless efficiency, and finished the project with responsible yet stunning finds.
Dreaming Green features the Sharkey-Gleicher brownstone as well as sixteen other environmentally responsible, impeccably designed residences that will stir readers to reimagine their homes as places that marry responsibility and beauty. From cities and suburbs to the countryside, Dreaming Green showcases places of myriad sizes, shapes, and styles. Each space, with its floors, gorgeous fabrics, nontoxic paints and finishes, wall coverings, furniture, fixtures, use of recycled materials, and other details, is a treasure for the eye and a gift to the earth. Whatâ€™s more, Sharkey and Gleicher highlight unseen design elements that conserve resources, such as passive heating and cooling methods and ideas for low-impact building and renovation, among other innovations. The spaces on display here prove that saving the earth never needs to compromise comfort and elegance.
Make yourself at home and lose yourself in:
â€¢ An English Tudorâ€“style home in Austin, Texas, that was built from cast earth clay and utilizes a wind-powered energy system. The home is decorated throughout with gorgeous antiquities and salvaged materials.
â€¢ An upstate New York eco-farmhouse perfectly situated on a hilltop and designed to catch the breezes from the surrounding Berkshire hills. The owner-architect used local craftspeopleâ€”none based more than a mile awayâ€”to further the â€œbuy localâ€ ideal.
â€¢ An Ann Arbor, Michigan, â€œsunhomeâ€ built to capture the sunâ€™s rays for maximum heating and lighting. The modern marvel is U-shaped to accommodate an eighty-year-old magnolia growing on the property.
â€¢ A glamorous southern showplace in Atlanta, Georgia, which the owners christened â€œEcomanor.â€ It hearkens back to the stateliness of an earlier time but is also a model of contemporary energy efficiency and sustainability.
Lavishly photographed, Dreaming Green also boasts an invaluable resource sectionâ€”a boon to anyone embarking on making a green home, renovating a current residence into one, or just dreaming about doing so. Dreaming Green is both a practical guide and a rich source of inspiration.
7.Â Matthew Haly’s Book of Upholstery
Matthew Haly’s Book of Upholstery by Matthew Haly and Kathleen Hackett
ABOUT THIS BOOK
At Matthew Halyâ€™s custom-upholstery studio in Manhattanâ€™s NoHo district, the demand for his work is incredibly highâ€”and often, so is the price tag. That inexpensive flea-market find seemed great until you discovered just how much it would cost to have it reupholstered. But donâ€™t let the professionalâ€™s price tag deter you. In Matthew Halyâ€™s Book of Upholstery, Halyâ€”the go-to upholsterer to Manhattanâ€™s interior design crowdâ€”shares his craft: all the details, secrets, and tips to help you restore the original beauty to a haggard piece of furniture with your own handsâ€”and put the savings into fabric that will make you swoon! He draws from more than two decades of experience to provide you with the expertise you need to give that sofa, chair, stool, window, or tabletop a makeover like a professional.
Upholstery can be challenging, so Haly has provided straightforward projects to help you build the skills every upholsterer needsâ€”from determining how much fabric youâ€™ll need for the job to adding just the right trims and finishes. Begin by sewing a simple pillow, a table runner, and a lampshade. Once youâ€™ve mastered these basic projects, hone your measuring skills by making a lined round tablecloth, then embark on your first piece of furniture, a stool with decorative nails. Each project is designed with the home upholsterer in mind, but Haly never oversimplifies, cheats on techniques, or cuts corners for the sake of making it appear easy. And only Haly gives you tips on how to pick out the pieces of furniture with good bones that are really worth the effort.
With projects ranging from a handsome bolster, casual floor cushion, and floor-length curtains to a multipurpose folding screen, refined headboard, and fully slipcovered dining chair, both novice and seasoned sewers will find inspiration. User-friendly yet packed with information from an industry insider, Matthew Halyâ€™s Book of Upholstery is a thorough primer on upholstery, sharing all the know-how you need to do the job yourself.