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Fine Print: Best Design Books of 2013

One of the best perks of my job is the opportunity to review books. Although I’m wired 24/7, I love, love, love books; especially rich, glossy, design books. Luckily, I have substantial bookshelves lining my living room, so I kind of need them too. This year I received a number of impressive coffee table books, which line the shelves, and are stacked on the coffee table and the console table behind the sofa. I’m often running behind, so I haven’t had time to do individual blog posts on many of these, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think they’re great. Here’s a quick roundup of the best design books of 2013.

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Remodelista by Julie Carlson (Artisan Books)
$37.50 at Anthropologie

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Axel Vervoordt: Living With Light (Flammarion)
$45 at Amazon

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Heirloom Modern by Hollister Hovey
Photos by Porter Hovey (Rizzoli)
$50 at Bigger Books

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Fifth Avenue Style by Howard Slatkin
Photos by Tria Giovan (Vendome Press)
$60 at Abrams Books

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Irving Harper: Works in Paper (Skira/Rizzoli)
See my blog post here.
$45 at Rizzoli Bookstore

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Thomas Pheasant: Simply Serene (Rizzoli)
$60 at Rizzoli Bookstore

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Tom Scheerer Decorates
Photos by Francesco Lagnese (Vendome Press)
$55 at Barneys New York

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Designers at Home: Personal Reflections on Stylish Living
by Ronda Rice Carman (Rizzoli)
$45 at Bigger Books

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Glamorous Retreats by Jan Showers (Abrams)
$50 at Barneys New York

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Martyn Thompson: Working Space (Rizzoli)
$49.95 at Rizzoli Bookstore

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Montage: 34 Rooms with Art on Bookshelf Fronts

By now you know we have a lot of artwork. We’ve been diligent about hanging, but there are plenty of pieces propped against the wall, and worse, hiding in cabinets and behind furniture, but in some cases we’ve gotten creative. While we haven’t hung art on the fronts of our built in bookshelves, I did recently grab a hammer and nail to hang a lovely nude drawing by Chaim Gross on the frame of the bay window in the living room. I love the way it adds a touch of color and movement to an otherwise bland surface. (The blinds have got to go.)

BACK BAY BOSTON LIVING ROOM STYLECARROT

My Back Bay living room

In related news, my second blog post for Wayfair went live today: “8 Ways to Display Art.” Today’s post is taken from tip #6: Be Brave with Bookshelves. Here are 34 rooms that do just that. Would you try it? Here’s a secret. . . we mounted our flat screen television to the bookshelves in the family room. Didn’t think the shelves would still be functional, but they’re actually fine for DVDs.

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Skona Hem

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Blair Voltz Clarke • Lonny

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Jan Showers

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Home of chef Alex HitzHouse Beautiful

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Home of designer Lindsey BondHouse Beautiful
Photograph by  Jonny Valiant

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Michael S. SmithElle Decor

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Home of Bruce Glickman and Wilson Henley
Elle Decor

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Carrier & CompanyElle Decor
Photographed by William Waldron

CELERIE KEMBLE LIBRARY WITH ABSTRACT ART

Celerie Kemble

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Photographed by Tria Giovan

Restoring a House in the City by Ingrid Abramovitch-G.P

Restoring a House in the City by Ingrid Abramovitch

MILES REDD PINK AND BLACK ROOM

Miles Redd

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Eric Cohler

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Pottery Barn

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Mr. Peacock • Design*Sponge

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Fernando Bengoechea of Markham Roberts

Lonny-portrait-bookshelves

Lonny

Lonny-hanging-art

Lonny

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Home of Libertine clothing designer Johnson Hartig
LA Times

KATIE RIDDER BLUE BUILT IN BOOKSHELVES

Katie Ridder

KATIE LYDON DINING ROOM LIBRARY BOOKSHELVES

Katie Lydon

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Elle Decor

20X200 FOR WEST ELM AFFORDABLE ARTWORK

20×200 for West Elm

GREEN WALLS WITH BLUE BACK BOOKSHELVES

Canadian House & Home

Douglas Friedman for Domino Magazine

Domino

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Domino

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Domino

PURPLE PAINTED BUILT IN BOOKSHELVES HARPER

Lindsey Coral Harper, LCH Interiors

BOOKSHELF HEADBOARD ABSTRACT ART BHG

Better Homes & Gardens

HOUSE BEAUTIFUL CAROL CURTIS SARAH NORWOOD GUEST ROOM

Carol Curtis and Sarah Norwood • House Beautiful

VICTORIA PEARSON LIBRARY WHITE ARMCHAIRS

Photographed by Victoria Pearson for Martha Stewart

TAMZIN GREENHILL BLACK WALLS BOOKSHELVES STUDY

Tamzin Greenhill

 

M O R E  o n  S T Y L E C A R R O T

Montage: 40 Painted Built-In Bookshelves

Montage: 32 Interiors with Nude Artwork

Montage: 44 Interiors with Oversize Artt

 

 

 

 

 

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Montage: 40 Painted Built-In Bookshelves (Blue, Green, Black, Yellow, Orange, Red, Purple . . .)

I love the richness of the painted woodwork in these rooms. The tones are of course, much deeper than I would dare to go in my own home. Most of the time. A couple of years ago, inspired by such shelving, I actually had my husband paint the built-in bookcases in our family room a deep purple. It wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t great either. We’ve since gone back to white, with taupey greige walls, compliments of the whole family room re-do. But still, it doesn’t stop me from admiring the work of designers accomplished enough to pull it off, particularly Katie Ridder, who does it with great panache, in monochromatic and highly contrasty spaces, and also, Miles Redd. Which colors do you love best?

Thom Filicia

Lindsey Coral Harper

via Pinterest

Designer Eric Gartner  -  Photographer Tim Street-Porter

Collette van den Thillart of Nicky Haslam Design

Architectural Digest

Katie Ridder

Katie Ridder

Photographer Diane Sagnier  –  The Socialite Family

Jan Showers

Jonathan Adler

Miles Redd   –  Photographer Simon Upton

 Miles Redd   –  Photographer Simon Upton

Todd Alexander Romano

Katie Ridder

 Domino

Country Living

 Katie Ridder

 Miles Redd

Elle Decor Espana

Femina

Susan Sargent  -  Photographer Eric Roth

Martha Stewart Living

Techentin Buckingham Architecture

Katie Ridder

Amanda Nisbet

Angie Hranowsky - Domino

Martha Stewart Living

David Kaihoi  - House Beautiful

Charles Spada

Inès de la Fressange’s Paris office - The Selby

Corinne Gilbert, Mc&Co. –  Photographer Miguel Flores-Vianna

Photographer John Bedell

Michael RichmanMetropolitan Home

Domino

Hus & Hem

Traditional Home

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Raji Radhakrishnan  -  Metropolitan Home

Photographer Guido Barbagelata

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Montage: 64 Rooms with Black and White Art

I’ve been really drawn to black and white abstract artworks recently. For instance, I could really go for a Franz Kline. OK, so that isn’t likely, but there are plenty of alternatives, and designers are incorporating them into interiors rather a lot of late. From misshapen ink blots and robust geometrics to feathery woodcuts and simple hand-drawn forms, black and white artworks elevate the sophistication level of a room.

I love the look, but I’ve found myself hesitating when confronted with the opportunity to purchase such a piece. Maybe the thought of laying out a lot of money for such simplicity is not as exciting as taking ownership of something bright and shiny. But let’s be serious,that could end up being the difference between something trendy from Forever 21 or a beautifully tailored Armani. No comparison. Happily, we recently purchased a pair of drawings that resemble thread. I had them matted and framed and they look fantastic. (I’ll try to post a photo later today.)

Bolig Magasinet 

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

Weitzman Halpern

Elle Decor

Molly Luetkemeyer, M. Design

Christina Murphy

Betsy Brown

Anouck Lepère’s home via Nowness

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Photographer Moris Moreno

Jan Showers

Shawn Henderson

Elle Decor

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Angela Hardison via Design Sponge

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Hay Copenhagen

Nina Freudenberger, Haus Interior

Betsy Brown

Ruthie SommersLonny

Meichi Peng Design Studio

Achica

India Hicks, Domino

Delphine Krakoff, Pamplemousse Design

Nina Freudenberger, Haus Interior

Ron Marvin

via The Decorista

via Wishflowers

Margarita Lorenzo, Chocolate Creative   |   via The Aestate

Celerie Kemble   |   Jennifer Ferreira

Ashley Putman, Lonny   |   Photographer David Prince

Photographer Lucas Allen   |   unidentified

Mim Design   |   Meichi Peng Design Studio

via  The Glamourai   |   Weitzman Halpern

Mendelson Group   |   unidentified

via  The Brick House   |   unidentified

via David Stark’s Sketchbook blog   |   via The Selby

Delphine Krakoff, Pamplemousse Design   |   Apparatus Lighting

Ericka McLain   |  via Design Manifest

via Erin Loechner on Pinterest   |   unidentified

Bruno de Caumont   |   unidentified

Luis Bustamante   |   Frédéric Méchiche’s loft via Door 16

via Mr Call on Pinterest    |   Haus Interior, Traditional Home

Ron Marvin, Lonny    |   via The Lennoxx

via The Aestate   |  Photographer Virginia McDonald

Betsy Brown

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Get the Look: 55 Coffee/Cocktail Tables

I’ve already given you the rundown on our living room coffee table situation yesterday. I realize I provide photos of our apartment when I talk about it, but that would require more tidying than I have time for, not to mention camera skills.

We sort of need a coffee table for our family room too, but I hate to take up the limited and cozy floor space. And it would be in the way during Oakley’s playtime. (My cat, not my kid.) I daresay side tables must suffice. In any case, here are 55 coffee/cocktail tables. More than a few are amazing.

S H O P P I N G

Concentric Brass Table by Codor, $5,600 at Tamara Codor, Dering Hall.
X-Frame Glass Top Table by Tapio Wirkkala for Artek, $14,705 at Hive.
Umbra Geometric Tile Table by Manulutio, $2,898 at Anthropologie.
Yellow Changeright Table by Worlds Away, $1,010 at Zinc Door.
Onyx Laser Cut Base Table by Eva Zeisel, $1,500 at DWR.
Lily Pad Table by Blu Dot, $399 at Hive.
Orange Lacquer Block Lucite X-Base, $1,495 at Jonathan Adler.
Braiden Oxidized Iron Coffee Table, $449 at Crate & Barrel.
Nixon Pierced Brass Base with Marble Top, $2,500 at Jonathan Adler.
Amoeba Table by Jens Risom, $991 at Hive.
Norwood Recycled Wood on Casters by Arteriors, now $2,518 at Zinc Door.
Como Bi-Level Table in Espresso Wood, $498 at Chiasso.
Gray Stones Table by Maya Lin for Knoll, $673 at All Modern.
Ion Round Glass Table with Ash Base, $299 at West Elm.
Diego Bronze Table w/White Top by Oly Studio at Tonic Home.
Set of Three Lucent Nesting Tables, $349 at CB2.
Two Tier Lucite Table with Brass Details at John Salibello Antiques.
Satellite Rec Rectangle Table by Loll Designs $519 at Design Public.
Black Hex Table by Cara and Cole , $781 at Candelabra.
Gold Leaf & Glass Sabine Table at Jan Showers, Dering Hall.
Around Table by Thomas Bentzen for Muuto, £449 at Made in Design.
Seguro Square Rustic Wood Table, $799 at Crate & Barrel.
Zebrawood Ellipse Table, $6,300 at Alexandra Angle, Dering Hall.
Brass Radial Base Table, $2,250 at Lawson-Fenning, Dering Hall.
Green Lacquer Jacqui Table by Bungalow 5, $715 at Candelabra.
Polished Nickel Table by Planter for Knoll,  $1,421 at Smart Furniture.
White Pipa Lattice Table by Oly Studio, $1,980 at Candelabra.
Keil Meshwork Table by Daniel Herr at Matter.
Lazy Susan Metal Strap Coffee Table, $1,350 at Candelabra.
Tri-Oval Glass Table by Ross Lovegrove for Knoll, $1,685 at All Modern.
Arktura Red Strand Coffee Table, $2,195 at Bobby Berk Home.
Splay-Leg Table by George Nakashima for Knoll, $1,676 at DWR.
Milo Baughman Bronze Geodesic Table, $6,500 at Converso, 1st Dibs.
Henredon Elephant Tusk Table, $2,300 at Galere, 1st Dibs.
Oly Studio George Table w/Black Resin Top, $1,845 at Candelabra.
Pierced Iron Base Table with Glass Top at John Salibello Antiques.
Smart Round White Marble & Chrome Table, $329 at CB2.
Kingston Driftwood Glass Oval Table by Arteriors, $1,260 at Candelabra.
Pi Steel & Black Laminate Table by Blu Dot, $599 at Smart Furniture.
Glossy White Rectangular Kira Table w/Chrome Legs, $458 at Chiasso.
Sea Green Coral Table by Arktura, $1,990 at Bobby Berk Home.
White Lacquer Capresi Swing-Out Table, $398 at Chiasso.
Red Around Table by Thomas Bentzen for Muuto, $640 at Ambiente Direct.
Fracture Table by Matthew Hilton, $3,385 at The Future Perfect.
Ash Base P7 Table with Glass Top by Jonas Wahlstrom, $299 at CB2.
Cork Table by Moooi, $423 at All Modern.
Olivia Nickel & Glass Round Table by Arteriors, $1260 at Zinc Door.
Rustic Pine & Iron Delwyn Table by Robert Ogden, $1,298 at Anthropologie.
Orange Zanotta Wire Table, $930 at Ambiente Direct.
Zuri Round Table, $599 at Crate & Barrel.
Brass-Plated Flash Square Table by Tom Dixon,  $865 at Lumens.
Tablo 3-Leg Table by Norman Copenhagen, $220CAD at The Modern Shop.
Pelutho Table by Lee Kirkbride, now $622.30 at The Future Perfect.
Steel & Glass Gubi Pedrera Table by Barba Corsini, $815 at Finnish Design Shop.
Kartell Panier Tables by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, $314 at Stardust.

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Get the Look: 60 Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

If you’re contemplating a statement light fixture in your living room, as I am, hopefully yesterday’s Montage: 47 Living Rooms with Chandeliers & Pendants gave you some ideas. Turns out I made a spur-of-the-moment rug purchase on One King’s Lane yesterday (an incredible David Hicks runner for my stairs), so the chandelier will have to wait. In the meantime, no reason to stop looking, and to really start to think about what will work in terms of size, etc.

Boston interior designer Shellie Donovan left a helpful tip on the StyleCarrot Facebook page: “Remember, measure the drop and visualize the height. The scale has to be correct, too large or small will kill the best piece. You can get flush mount for lower ceilings. ”

S H O P P I N G

ELK 15-Light Molecular Polished Chrome Chandelier, $466 at Lumens.
JBS Bronze Twig Chandelier at Jonathan Browning, Dering Hall.
Copper Shade Pendant by Tom Dixon, $610 at Y Lighting.
Arteriors Home ‘Sherman’ Brass Chandelier, $910 at Clayton Gray.
De La Espada 250 ‘Zenovitch’ 12 by Autoban, $6,895 at Addo Novo.
‘Onion’ Pendant in Wood Veneer by Bang Design, $1,117 at 2modern.
Arredoluce “Ragno” Spider Flush-Mount at 1st Dibs.
‘PS Maskros’ Pendant, $89.99 at IKEA.
‘Varmluft’ square shade, $8 at IKEA.
‘Hoyne’ Open Weave Crisscross Pendant, $399 at Crate & Barrel.
Foscarini ‘Le Soleil’ by Vicente Garcia Jimenez, $1,551 at Addo Novo.
Flos ’2097′ Steel Chandelier by Gino Sarfatti, $1,520 at Hive.
Golden Lighting ‘Echelon’ Chrome Chandelier, $539.90 at Wayfair.
Swarovski Crystal Starburst Sputnik, $11,000 at Venfield, 1st Dibs.
Black ‘Oval Boi’ Chandelier at David Weeks Studio, Dering Hall.
Foscarini ‘Lightweight’ Suspension by Tom Dixon, $6,842 at Hive.
Gold Work Lamp by Design House Stockholm, $110 at Horne.
MIO ‘Bendant’ Powder Coated Steel Lamp, $175 at 2modern.
Primary Color Artisan Glass Chandelier, $1,800 at S. Julian, 1st Dibs.
Stilnovo Painted Metal Chandelier, $2,058 at Paris 1st Dibs.
72-Light Brass Sputnik at Maison Schembri, 1st Dibs.
‘Superordinate’ Antlers by Jason Miller, $5,900—$8,000 at DWR.
Lindsey Adelman ‘Boom Boom Burst,’ $105,000 at Lindsey Adelman.
Polyedres by Hubert le Gall at Twenty First Gallery, 1st Dibs.
Crystorama ‘Solaris’ 6-Light in Olde Silver, $450 at Homeclick.
‘BV Blue’ Rolled Paper by Isabelle Farahnick, TomThomas, 1st Dibs.
De La Espada Blue ’224 Single Octopus’ by Autoban, $1,255 at Addo Novo.
Pablo ‘Solis’ Suspensions by Carmine Deganello, $300 each at Design Public.
Coral Pendant with Lime Green by David Trubridge, $360—$1,280 at Horne.
‘Tived’ Ceiling Spotlight in Nickel, $69.99 at IKEA.
‘Pax’ with Bird Sculpture by Jose Esteves, $2,990 at Interieurs, Dering Hall.
Foscarini ‘Caboche 20’ by Patricia Urquiola, $1,914 at Lightology.
Robert Abbey  Brushed Nickel ‘Candelaria,’ $723—$1,045 at Lumens.
White Globe Cluster by Kaiser Leuchtan, $3,800 at Center 44, Bond & Bowery.
Bocci 14.14 Fourteen Pendant by Omer Arbel, $6,020 at Y Lighting.
Double Scalloped Chandelier, $3,400 at Pieces.
Gaetano Sciolari 9-Light Twisted Tubular Chandelier, $2,646, 1st Dibs Paris.
Light Blue PH50 Pendant by Poul Henningsen, $876 at Danish Design Store.
‘Bailey’ Chandelier in White Resin, $3,250 at Mecox Gardens.
Arteriors ‘Caviar’ Cluster with Smoked Glass, $3,240 at Shop Candelabra.
Moooi Stainless Steel ‘Raimond’ by Raimond Puts, $2,071 at Hive.
Turquoise, Murano Glass Chandelier, $2,940 at DWR.
Rattan Brush Chandelier, $515 at Clayton Gray.
Lightolier Brutalist Snowflake by Gaetano Sciolari at BG Galleries, 1st Dibs.
Artcraft ‘Nebula’ 19-Light Chrome Pendant, $852 at Homeclick.
8-Light Brass Atomic Sputnik, $1,995 at Judy Frankel Antiques, 1st Dibs.
Areaware ‘Orbit’ by Patrick Townsend, $600 at Areaware.
‘Meri’ Pierced Resin Drum, $3,250 at Mecox Gardens.
Black 3-Arm Chandelier by Workstead, $1,800 at Horne.
Filvem Multicolor Sputnik, $7,500 at BG Galleries, 1st Dibs.
Amber ‘Elizabeth’ Chandelier at Jan Showers, Dering Hall.
Turquoise ‘Venus’ Pendant by Worlds Away, $440 at Clayton Gray.
Entrelace Modern Hanging Chandelier, $265 at Clayton Gray.
California Sunburst Chandelier, $5,975 at Remains Design, Dering Hall.
Floating Mercury Pebbles by Ross Lovegrove, $3,870 at Addo Novo.
Floral Sputnik Snowflake Chandelier ,$4,800/pair at Kerson, 1st Dibs.
SLAMP ‘Fiorella’ Chandelier by Nigel Coates, $798—$1,080 at Lumens.
Flos ‘Taraxacum 88’ by Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, $4,760 at DWR.
Glass Rods Murano Sputnik at Stellar Union, 1st Dibs.
Lights Up! ‘Woody’ by Rachel Simon, $622 at 2modern.

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