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Fine Print: New Book By Architects Polhemus Savery DaSilva

Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Book 2017

East Harwich, Mass.-based Polhemus Savery DaSilva is one of the region’s best-known architecture and building firm, with its coastal homes dotting the shores of Cape Cod. The new book, Living  Where Land Meets Sea: The Houses of Polhemus Savery DaSilva, celebrates 20 years of the company’s creating luxury coastal homes, not just on the ocean and bays, but rivers, lakes, and kettle ponds.

I was pretty familiar with PSDAB, though learned a lot more about it last spring when I worked on copy for Boston Magazine‘s Design Home 2016, which is perched high up at The Pinehills in Plymouth, Mass. overlooking Cape Cod. Living  Where Land Meets Sea features many more classic casual coastal beauties, including floor plans and elevations.

Here is a sampling of Cape Cod summer house architecture by Polhemus Savery DaSilva from their gorgeous new book Living Where Land Meets Sea with images by local photographer Brian Vanden Brink.

Cape Cod Summer Home By Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects

Waterside patio.

Cape Cod Summer Home By Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects

Shingle Style home on a Cape Cod river.

Cape Cod Summer Home By Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects

Paradise Cove in Chatham boasts charming starfish cutouts on the shutters, a PSDAB signature touch. (Be on the lookout for a story in Boston Globe Magazine on April 2nd on fire pits, which features the patio around back.)

Cape Cod Summer Home By Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects

Riptide, a Colonial Revival in Chatham, Mass.

Cape Cod Summer Home By Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects

Riverfront home with long dock.

Cape Cod Summer Home By Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects

This shingle clad, 2,000-square foot cottage has sailboat cut-outs on the shutters.

Cape Cod Summer Home By Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects

Classic New England bungalows influences the screened porch of this lakeside house called Eagle’s Perch.

Cape Cod Summer Home By Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects

An outdoor shower is a summer home must-have.

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Fine Print: The 15 Best Design Books of 2015

Although I hesitate to bring most forms of paper into my home—brochures, receipts, bills, press releases, invitations, business cards— I still love books. Especially glossy design books. I don’t leaf through them nearly enough, but I appreciate being surrounded by them. Our living room in Boston, like many traditional Back Bay condos,  has double built-in bookshelves flanking the fireplace, trimmed in traditional molding and calling out for impressive tomes.

 I used to save decor magazines, which filled the top shelves nicely, but with the advent of Pinterest et al, tear sheets are just clutter.  Besides, I now have enough coffee table books and small artworks to fill in all 16 shelves stylishly. Thanks to Rizzoli, who sends me all the best books, and the other publishers who send along design titles as well. I looked at all of them, and these are my favorite 15 design books of 2015.

Best Design Books 2015 Eddie Ross Mix

Eddie Ross Modern Mix

Best Design Books 2015 Carrier & Company

The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes by Justina Blakeney

Best Design Books 2015 Greg Natale The Tailored Interior

 The Tailored Interior Greg Natale


The Kinfolk Home

Best Design Books 2015 Retreat The Modern House In Nature

Retreat: The Modern House In Nature by Ron Broadhurst

Best Design Books 2015 Gardens At First Light By Stacy Bass

Gardens At First Light by Stacy Bass

Best Design Books 2015 India Hicks Island Style

India Hicks Island Style

Best Design Books 2015 Abigail Ahearn Color

Abigail Ahern Color: Transform Your Home

Best Design Books 2015 Carrier & Company

Carrier and Company Positively Chic Interiors

Best Design Books 2015 Carrier & Company

Emily Henderson Styled

Best Design Books 2015 Casa Bohemia

Casa Bohemia: The Spanish Style House
by Linda Leigh Paul and Ricardo Vidargas

Best Design Books 2015 Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber American Master

Best Design Books 2015 Palm Springs Modern Living

Palm Springs Modern Living by James Schnept

Best Design Books 2015 Beekman 1802 Style

Beekman 1802 Style: The Attraction of Opposites

Best Design Books 2015 Tricia Foley

Tricia Foley Life | Style: Elegant Simplicity at Home

Here’s what one bookshelf looks like at the moment. Note the back issues of Architectural Digest on the upper left shelf.

Styling Your Bookshelf With Design Books And Art

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Fine Print: Eddie Ross Modern Mix

The new Eddie Ross Modern Mix design book by Eddie Ross with Jaithan Kochar (Gibbs Smith, October 2015) is a design book to put on your holiday list to give and to get. From the appealing, vibrant cover, all the way through from beginning to end, the photos and tips kept me engrossed, flipping back and forth to re-study the images.

Eddie Ross is the East Coast Editor of Better Homes & Gardens and a former editor at House Beautiful, Martha Stewart Living, and Food Network. He’s also a trained chef. Mostly though, he’s a self-proclaimed hoarder of beautiful things. I love minimalism but I am absolutely wooed by Ross’s collections of tabletop and home furnishings, but more than that I’m smitten with the way he puts them together.

In addition to all the objets, we see Eddie Ross in action, thrifting and styling. There are tips running throughout this design book too. Some go beyond the usual advice (get to estate sales early) to tricks for restoring ceramics and such. I am a design book hoarder, true, but this one I love. It’s staying on my coffee table so I can leaf through.

I may actually have a please-be-my-friend crush on Eddie Ross. I follow him on Instagram (@eddieross) and he seems like a fun and happy guy. He is making his way through the country on his book tour, and will be in Boston this Thursday, October 15th at Hudson in the South End 6:30-8:30.

Eddie Ross Modern Mix Interior Design Book

Eddie Ross Modern Mix Interior Design Book



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Fine Print: Casa Bohemia

Casa Bohemia: The Spanish Style House by Linda Leigh Paul (Rizzoli 2015) showcases 29 bohemian style homes—vibrant, Spanish-style houses in the southwestern and southern United States, Mexico, and Spain, from restored haciendas in Mexico to early and recent 20th century California mission styles. Rich colors abound and details include ornate wrought-iron, wood balconies, graceful arches, crafted glass, and patterned tiles and textiles. 


Casa Bohemia: The Spanish Style House
Rizzoli 2015


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Fine Print: London Designer Anouska Hempel

London-based designer Anouska Hempel (also known as Lady Weinberg) has had a very large career. Hempel, who I’m guessing has a flamboyant personality, was born Anne Geisler. She started out as a New Zealand actress before becoming a hotelier, interior designer, and London society fixture.

She has established four hotels and designed numerous restaurants and retail spaces, including six Van Cleef & Arpels stores and the Louis Vuitton flagship in Paris. She’s also designed two yachts, English gardens, and haute couture for Princess Diana.

The book, written by Marcus Binney, is beautiful, with over 400 photographs of Anouska Hempel’s interiors, architecture, and gardens.


Rizzoli sent me a copy of Anouska Hempel, which is appropriately placed on my Heywood Wakefield coffee table next to a beach stone tower and my Cathy Moynihan bird sculpture.


Photo by Marina Faust

A house at Salzburg in the half-light of dawn.


Photo by Adrian Houston

The basement bar of Anouska Hempel’s first hotel, Blakes London. Note the massive Louis Vuitton trunk and nautical-style cushion in Hermes orange.


Photo by Simon Mack

A pair of free-standing lattice screens divides the kitchen from the dining table at Anouska Hempel’s London hotel La Suite West. The interior has a minimalist Japanese feel.


Photo courtesy of The Hempel

The Lion’s Cage suite at The Hempel Hotel. Each of the 40 rooms and 10 apartments had a minimalistic Zen design, done all in pale woods and whites. The hotel was a favorite of Victoria Beckham and Michael Jackson. It was sold a couple of years ago and is now closed.


Photo courtesy of The Hempel

A kimono on a wall at The Hempel.


The attic bedroom at Anouska Hempel’s country house, Cole Park, an historic manor with a moat west of London.


Anouska Hempel, Rizzoli (December 2014)

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