Monday, May 25, 2009

New books.

I can feel a book binge coming on, and here are a few I am considering.


Creative Space: The Urban Homes of Artists and Creatives



Glamour: Making it Modern




Easy Elegance: Creating a Relaxed, Comfortable and Stylish Home





The Way We Live With the Things We Love




Taschen's New York





New London Style





Weekend Retreats

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

I was just leafing through the Metropolitan Home book this weekend and it's divine.

Decorno said...

Oh, that is good to hear. I haven't subscribed for a while now (they got a little too starchy/modern recently) so hopefully the book has a little more soul.

Kwana said...

These look lovely. Thanks D. I can see you didn't just copy the titles but picked nice decor specific books that you thought you readers might like with nice pretty covers. Tashcen's New York looks cool. Oh and you have the photo paste skill. Don't think Anon caught that. Why the hateraid do early in the week? And why always ANON?

Decorno said...

Thanks Kwana. (I deleted that comment before yours appeared, FYI.)

RLG said...

Thanks for the new book list. I'm doing less decorating and more reading lately -- tired of spinning my wheels, I guess. BTW, some people may have trouble doing the whole user account thing and thus using "anon." I'm not so computer savvy, so it took me a few passes to finally get it. LOL Cheers!

mary said...

These look like super books, especially Easy Elegance--love that mix. Glad that you are back.

Katherine Lee said...

ooooo, get them all! (i'm such a terrible influence...)
xo katherine aka. urban flea :)
www.urbanfleadesign.com

Anonymous said...

Decorno, I don't usually subscribe to Metropolitan home. (Used to about a thousand years ago.) But I found myself liking this particular book. It's got a little more soul than the magazine and there are definitely some photos that demonstrate impeccable taste and glamor. I will never be able to live that way, but I thought the book was beautiful. Worth a look anyway.

Erin ever after said...

decor books are my fave. on my way to Amazon right now. Thanks for the list! Tashcen's New York is a must have I think.

jacklyn said...

that taschen's new york looks awesome!

kate salenfriend said...

thanks for coming back and posting. that little piss-fest last week was not pretty, and I'm so glad you haven't left.
kate

Iheartfashion said...

I love that Taschen city series. Paris is great. I haven't looked at NY yet.

niabassett said...

It's pretty funny - this post. I just went on a book shopping spree but my books were sewing books. I need to make curtains. More importantly, though, I need to learn to use my sewing machine and not be afraid to take it out of the box. =)

iona said...

Since I'm old, and I guess not so stylish, I adore the Taschen books Da Vinci and Cabinet of Curiousities. They do look beautiful on a coffee table and are interesting to look at too. Peace!
Garden Lust Journal

Anonymous said...

Lovely choices!!

Diva Style said...

I bought Taschen's Paris a few months ago, and it is DIVINE...I'm sure TNY will be great, as well!...Hmmm...now, you've got me thinking about it, lol--I go on book binges all the time, my most recent one occurring yesterday, and I just so happened to be previewing a couple that you listed.

Lauren said...

must have easy elegance by atlanta bartlett!!!!

the carolyn said...

Re The Way We Live with the Things We Love:

Are you a collector, Decorno? (I mean, anything besides books and shoes?) I've never gotten that impression. I somehow figured you'd have a low tolerance for tchotchkes and tablescapes.

jen said...

The Way We Live with the THings We Love looks awesome. I love books like that with style but some sense of reality and lived-in-ness.

sarathira sukiman said...

ive been wanting the easy elegance book for my belated birthday present from anybody for some time now! haha

Decorno said...

Carolyn - YES. Hard to believe, huh? Here are my obsessions, but I will tell you that for the last year I haven't bought anything new because honestly, it was becoming a problem:

-vintage globes

-vintage photography - all kinds

-vintage photos specifically where you can see the photographers shadow in the photo. I know this is weird, but it makes it fun to hunt for them

-ephemera and paper stuff. In Paris we found this dealer who had old paper stuff - - I found this old bicycle map of Toulouse mounted on muslin for 7 euros! It's fantastic. And we also found old architectural drawings of bridges, which were great, plus other interesting stuff on paper. Old + on paper (photos, maps, drawings) are like my kryptonite. The best recent find in this category is a big old French medial diagram of the eye, explaining parts of the eye and eye conditions. It sounds grim, but it's graphic and charming. It's hanging bare in our dining room but really needs a frame. As soon as I am done with like 19 other projects, I am sure I will get around to framing it. (Right.)

-old photo postcard books... not the big 4 x 6 ones from the 60s and 70s, but the tiny French and Italian and German ones from earlier on. I am obsessed with these. There is a place in Kenmore, WA that had HUNDREDS of them and I thought I was going to faint. I just shopped for hours.

-old wooden shoe forms. I know everyone collects these now, but I collected them for a while and then actually worked in the shoe business for about 4 years and that just somehow justified continued purchasing of them. I am officially done now.

-egg beaters. I have to admit that when I read many, many years ago that Tibor Kalman collected them, I started to pay more attention to them and started acquiring. I am now done with this one, too.

-Bad paintings. I found like 5 at one time at a nasty old junk shop in Alameda, CA. Instant collection. That was the beginning.

-Old things that count or measure. Antique scales, old story poles (giant measuring sticks), vintage wooden yard sticks with advertising on them, old coin counting boards, egg scales.

-Coral. I mean, you can't pass up beautiful coral for under $30 bucks. They need good homes!

-old silver, especially small trophy cups,my favorites being ones engraved as prizes at garden shows

-Demi-johns/glass jugs. Not the fancy-ass French kind, but the kind of all-American kind. I've been drinking up a storm since I moved into my house and have *almost* filled one of them up with discarded corks.

-So I guess, lastly, you can add corks to the list, too.

Whew. I love old shit. I really, really do.

I would now officially like to thank Delta and American airlines for letting me hold random-ass big crazy shit on my lap during flights back from Paris and New York, respectively.

If I had room to display them, I would love to collect ironstone and also pulleys. I love old industrial parts, but I need a bigger house for that sort of thing.

I get all of this cumpulsive collecting from my dad. Thanks a lot, man.

Anonymous said...

Read a review that convinced me the 'New London' book isn't as good as it looks. But am really looking forward to the 'The way we live' book...

Renovation Therapy said...

I saw the promo booklet for the new (fall 2009) Kelly Wearstler book at the Book Expo this weekend. I barfed in my mouth. Want it? Email me.

Wayne said...

I just love those books... I have "Glamour: Making it Modern" in my bookshelf...