Fine Print: Novagratz Design Fix

Designers Cortney and Robert — you know, the ones with all the kids and those reality shows on Bravo and HGTV and multiple furnishing lines — have a new coffee table book. Novogratz Design Fix: Chic and Stylish Tips for Every Decorating Scenarios (Rizzoli, 2020) is the power couple’s fourth, and as fun and colorful as ever, though there are plenty of more restrained rooms as well.

Novogratz Design Fix features 11 projects big and small from all over the country, including the Berkshires, Washington state, the Hollywood Hills, San Diego, Montauk, and the West Village.

In addition to showcasing the gorgeous rooms, the book offers design tips such as navigating design decisions with your spouse who has different tastes, infusing personality into rentals, fixing up spaces to list on Airbnb, styling your bookshelves, and making an open floor plan work for you.

Here’s a peek at some of the rooms showcased in Novogratz Design Fix: Chic and Stylish Tips for Every Decorating Scenarios:

The Novogratz Design Fix Book Colorful Sofa

Lounging on a Roche Bobois sectional in Bellport, NY.

The Novogratz Design Fix Book Bookshelves By Color

The designers offer tips on how to style a wall of books.

Novogratz Design Fix Book 2020

A bedroom (and sometime Airbnb) in Seabrook, WA.

The Novogratz Design Fix Book SUnroom Ship Chandelier

The Novogratzes’ country house in the Berkshires.

The Novogratz Design Fix Book Upstairs Landing

The Novogratzes preserved the spiral staircase and some ceiling details in their Hollywood Hills home.

The Novogratz Design Fix Book Round Bathtub

A print by artist Anne Carrington hangs over a bowl-like tub.

All interior photos above:
©Design Fix by Robert and Cortney Novogratz, Rizzoli New York, 2020

New Coffee Table Books Fall 2020 Novogratz

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Fine Print: Robert Stilin Interiors

I just realized I never posted images from this interior design book published by Vendome Press last year—Robert Stilin Interiors . The book, written by Mayer Rus, is New York- and Hamptons-based designer, Robert Stilin’s first. It features 15 projects photographed by Stephen Kent Johnson.

There are apartments and townhouses in the city along with beach and country houses in his soulful yet tailored style with strong, clean lines and primarily neutral palettes that still seem to include color. I love his artwork choices and the vintage furniture he incorporates.

Here’s a sampling of six rooms in the book, along with the cover:

Robert Stilin Interiors Living Room with Oversize Beach Photo And Gray Sofa

Robert Stilin Interiors Dining Room With Black & White Photo

Robert Stilin Interiors Green Kitchen Cabinets Wood Floating Shelves

Robert Stilin Interiors Dinign Room With Saarinen Table & Pop Art

Robert Stilin Interiors Living Room With Gallery Wall

Robert Stilin Interiors Entryway With Bench And Bingo Art

Robert Stilin Interiors Book Published By Rizzoli

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Fine Print: Canadian Contemporary

Canadian Contemporary is a gorgeous design and residential architecture book that features 33 projects by top residential architects in Canada.

Canadian Contemporary: The Northern Home (Images Publishing Group, 2018) is one of my favorite design books of 2018.

Design Books 2018 Canadian Contemporary Architecture New England Scandinavian

Canadian Contemporary features 33 projects by top residential architects in Canada. Locations include Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Victoria Beach, Nova Scotia, and others. Styles would look equally at home here in the U.S., as well as Australia, Japan, and Scandinavia. There’s a townhouse, farmhouse, beach house, and even a treehouse.

There are many gorgeous exterior and interior photographs, as well as floor plans. Here is a sampling (admittedly, not the highlights), approved by the publisher. It’s worth picking up a copy for the full presentation.

Canadian Contemporary Architecture Compass House By Superkul

Compass House by architecture firm Superkul is sited on the Niagara Escarpment in Mulmur, Ontario. It was built as a weekend home for a family of six.

Canadian Contemporary Architecture Compass House By Superkul Modern Dining Room

The interior walls are lined with horizontal slats of knotty white cedar, a warm and earthy contrast to the home’s minimal form. The floor is white oak and the ceiling white, to give a sense of infinite space and light.

Canadian Contemporary Architecture Fahouse With Black Exterior SIding

Fahouse by Jean Verville Architecte is located in a hemlock forest in Eastern Townships, Quebec.

Contemporary House With Black Exterior In Canada

I wasn’t able to identify which house this is, but I think it’s also Fahouse. Given its black exterior and dramatic A-frame roofline, I didn’t want to leave it out.

Canadian Contemporary Architecture House With Black Exterior SIding

This home,called The Rock, sits on the side of Mount Shefford in Quebec. It was designed by Atelier Général Architecture. The concept was to merge the house with the mountain. Parts of the deck are actually built around rock outcroppings.

Contemporary Home In Canada With Glass Walls Modern Dining Room

Bécassinnes Cottage (not quite our definition of cottage), was designed by Atelier Boom-Town. It’s in Potton, Quebec, on the shores of Lake Memphremagog. In addition to four bedrooms, it’s got a dormitory that sleeps ten.

Canadian Contemporary Architecture With Vertical Cedar Siding

This is a less formal house with vertical cedar siding and cedar shingles, left to weather naturally. We could easily find such a home here in New England.

Canadian Contemporary Architecture Modern Farmhouse Near Montreal

This modern farmhouse, located an hour-and-a-half east of Montreal is called Townships Farmhouse. It was designed by LAMAS (Lee and Macgillivray Architecture Studio). The farmer/artist couple who live here are conscious of preserving the area’s agricultural buildings and conserving the land. This is an image of the central courtyard.

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This is a view of what the architect calls a “bed box” in a downtown Toronto loft. The white curtains, archway, adn glossy white farmhouse chairs is channeling an early Delano Hotel vibe. The space, named Broadview Loft, was designed by StudioAC for a young professional couple. The back wall of the kitchen is painted black to recede, and a long built-in bench under the window provides a place to display items or act as seating when entertaining.

Canadian Contemporary: The Northern Home


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.

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.

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