'Books'

Women’s History Month 2017 ~ Edith Wharton

March 27, 2017

By Tab Byrum

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As we continue to celebrate Women’s History Month during the month of March we are looking at women who have succeeded in the world of design, women like author and designer Edith Wharton. Wharton is known for the beautiful novels she wrote focusing on the “Gilded Age” of America during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Wharton also worked in the field of Interior Design and wrote books on home decor and design as well as gardens and their design. For a more in-depth look at Wharton’s life click here to see a post I did on her life earlier this year. 

Tabulous Tomes ~ Janelle McCulloch’s Paris

February 27, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I recently purchased a few books from one of the popular sale websites and the first one I’ve had a chance to flip through is Paris: An Inspiring Tour of the City’s Creative Heart, and it’s glorious. The book is written and put together by journalist and photographer Janelle McCulloch. McCulloch specializes in design, architecture, and style and has written for numerous design magazines, including Vogue Living and Elle.  McCulloch’s Paris takes you on a tour of the City of Light and is divided up into the different arrondissements or neighborhoods that make up the city. She goes in-depth in each arrondissement telling you what to see, where to stop and rest, where to stop for a bite to eat or a cup of hot chocolate. The first half of the book is all about the 18 arrondissements, the second half is about where to specifically find things, there’s a whole section of the best books stores in Paris and gets specific such as where to buy books for gardeners and cooks. There are sections on where to buy tableware and linens, homewares, decorating stores and on and on. The book is filled with gorgeous photographs taken by Janelle McCulloch and is a wonderful addition to any personal collection for a Francophile or as a gift. Check out Paris: An Inspiring Tour of the City’s Creative Heart, you won’t be sorry. Until you do here are some images from the book, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Tabulous Tastemaker ~ Edith Wharton

January 24, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I haven’t done a Tastemaker post in a while, so I thought today would be a great day to do one on one of my favorite authors and decorators, Edith Wharton. Several years ago I went through an “Edith Wharton phase” where I read as many of her books and short stories I could get my hands on. I love the way she writes and of course, her stories take place during America’s Gilded Age as well as beautiful descriptions of trips across the ocean to England, France, and Italy. One thing many people don’t remember or know is that Wharton was known for her interior design capabilities and the gorgeous designs she came up with for her home, The Mount, as well as helping others with their own homes. Wharton was born on this day in 1862 in New York City, her parents were George and Lucretia Rhinelander Jones and it’s said that the saying “keeping up with the Joneses” refers to her well to do family. (above image via)

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The Italian Dream: Wine, Heritage, Soul From Assouline Publishing

November 17, 2016

By Tab Byrum

There are many visions of Italy: One seen by foreigners, one seen by us Italians, and eventually, behind it all, there is the true Italy. In this book I would like to reveal to readers, through Aline’s inspiring photos, my Italy, and I hope readers will discover an Italy as true for them as it is true for me.
—Gelasio Gaetani d’Aragona Lovatelli

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The Italian Dream: Wine, Heritage, Soul is the product of a journey, one that follows Italy’s best wines. The Italian Dream is the product of a combination of talents, French photographer Aline Coquelle and Italian aristocrat Gelasio Gaetani d’Aragona Lovatelli, together these two of created a tome that’s a beautiful homage to Italy and the beautiful lifestyle of the country. Coquelle is a world traveling and world famous photographer and is known for using silver film for her photographs which give the look at old time photography, as she says, “saving tradition is the new revolution.” Count Gelasio Lovatelli is a member of one of Italy’s oldest aristocratic families and an authority on Italian and International wines. Join me today for a peek at The Italian Dream from Assouline Publishing, the perfect gift someone who loves wine and all things Italian. Enjoy!!!

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The Impossible Collection Of Wine from Assouline

November 9, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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If you have a wine collector or connoisseur on your gift list this holiday season then you definitely need to check out The Impossible Collection of Wine: The 100 Most Exceptional Vintages of the Twentieth Century by Enrico Bernardo, published by Assouline Publishing. The books author, Enrico Bernardo, is regarded as the world’s best sommelier and has written numerous other books on wine, including How To Taste Wine and How To Pair Wine. The Impossible Collection looks at the history of wine and Bernardo has compiled a list of some of the greatest wines and what it takes to take grapes and turn them into bottled masterpieces. Among the wines, Bernardo looks at are the 1928 Krug Champagne, the 1951 Penfolds Grange Bin 95 and the 1973 Stag’s Leap Estate SLV. This luxury edition book is hand bound with had-tipped images and is presented in its own wooden crate, a beautiful gift or wonderful addition to your own collection. Today I have a sneak peek for you between the pages of The Impossible Collection, for more information visit the Assouline website. Enjoy!!!

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Fernando Botero From Assouline Publishing

November 3, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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Today we are looking at Fernando Botero, a beautiful new book from author Cristina Carrillo de Albornoz Fisac and distributed by Assouline Publishing. Botero is regarded as one of the greatest and the most recognized artist from Latin American and with very good reason. At this point in his career, Botero has created more than 3,000 paintings and 200 sculptures and his work is known worldwide because of the specific look of “Boteroism”.  This book looks at not only the breadth of work by Botero but we also get to hear from the artist himself and he talks about not ever really “knowing” how to paint and how an artist can never lose the drive to develop one’s own personal style. One amazing thing about this book is that we are able to see works by Botero that have never before been published. The book is by author Cristina Carrillo de Albornoz Fisac, an author, critic, and curator who has written for Assouline Publishing before and she has also previously written on Botero as well as curated exhibits of his work. If you have an art lover on your gift list or someone that loves Botero this would be an amazing gift this holiday season. Check out the Assouline website here for more information on Fernando Botero , in the meantime here are some images from the book and Assouline, Enjoy!!!

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Artist Fernando Botero

November 2, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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During the month of November, I’ll be sharing some beautiful new books with your from Assouline Publishing that would not only be wonderful additions to your personal library but also great gifts for people during the upcoming holiday season. The first book we’re going to look at is Fernando Botero, a tome focusing on the Colombian artist of the same name. Botero is a figurative artist and sculptor from Medellin, Colombia and is known for his signature style which is called “Boterismo”, which depicts people and figures in an exaggerated form, or as Botero himself says “fat”. Botero does this usually to make a statement on something social or political, depending on the situation. At 84 years old Fernando Botero’s works are considered to be the most recognizable of any living Latin American artist, his works are highly sought after and hang in private collections, galleries and museums from New York to Paris and beyond. Botero was first ever exhibited in 1948 at the age of 16, he also worked as a set designer for the theater. In 1952 Botero moved to Madrid where he studied at the Academia San Fernando and in 1953 he moved to Paris where he spent most of his time at the Louvre studying the works of other famous artists and perfecting his talents. Today Botero still lives in Paris and spends a month or so a year in his native Columbia. Fernando Botero has had more than fifty exhibitions of his work around the world and his works bring millions of dollars. Join me today for a look at the works of Fernando Botero and check back tomorrow as we preview the beautiful new book on this artist’s life from Assouline Publishing, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Harry Potter Art Prints & Olly Moss

October 21, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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It’s just a little over a week until Halloween and one thing that always pops into my head this time of year is Harry Potter, so I was very excited when I found about the new art print posters for all the Harry Potter books. The posters are done by British graphic artist Olly Moss and were created for the re-release of the German audio versions of the HP books. Moss took his inspiration for the covers and posters from holiday travel posters during the “golden age of British railway.” Moss says he loves the idea of Harry getting on a train every year and heading off to a new adventure. Moss chose to use a very 1950’s color palette for the works and says he’s a huge fan of 1950’s design. Moss is known for his recreations of movie posters and putting his own spin on them. The new HP posters all have the same view of Hogwarts, with the castle being high on the hill and in foreground figures are seen having to do with that titles events, until you get to the end and The Deathly Hallows where we see the destruction of Hogwarts. If you are interested in purchasing the posters they are available to purchase for a limited time as a set of seven or individually and can only be bought through the Olly Moss website here, great holiday gift for that die-hard fan. Don’t forget the new Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them film comes out on November 18, for now, here’s a look at the new artwork. Enjoy!!!

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Juan Pablo Molyneux: At Home From Assouline

September 30, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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Juan Pablo Molyneux is known for the luxurious interiors he creates as well as his “maximalism” aesthetic, so you can imagine the new book Juan Pablo Molyneux: At Home   from Assouline Publishing is filled with beautiful images of colorful rooms filled with gorgeous objects, wall treatments, and fabrics. Molyneux is a Chilean-born interior designer with the focus of his practice being in America and Europe, he has created beautiful homes in Chicago and New York as well as Moscow. Today Molyneux and his wife Pilar live in an NYC townhouse as well as a home in Le Marais in Paris and Château de Pouy-sur-Vannes outside the French capital. In Juan Pablo Molyneux: At Home, we get a taste of what it takes to put a Molyneux project together and a look at the work by master craftsmen and artists, such as detailed lacquerwork, decorative painting, carved woodwork, and straw marquetry. There’s even a peek at scagliola which is the use of colored plaster to imitate marble. Juan Pablo Molyneux: At Home is written by Laura Verchère, a luxury lifestyle brand artistic consultant. Photography is by Harald Gottschalk, a photographer who has had more than 60 exhibitions of his work as well as collaborating on other projects and major publications. Juan Pablo Molyneux: At Home is available now for pre-order from Assouline Publishing, a wonderful gift for the upcoming holiday season, especially for the person in your life whose motto is “More is More”. Here’s a look at some images from this beautiful book, Enjoy!!!

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Art House Book From Assouline

September 28, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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What do you get when you combine the passion of a major art collector and the talent of a leading Interior Designer? You get an amazing art collection housed in five beautiful homes and the new book, Art House from Assouline Publishing documenting the whole beautiful story. Art House focuses on the art collection of leading art collector Chara Schreyer, the collection is composed of over 600 works by artists such as Diane Arbus, Andy Warhol, and Marcel Duchamp. Schreyer says she’s intrigued by the psychology of art and is known to construct her homes around her art collection, such as how well a favorite sculpture can be displayed.

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