Required Reading: The Best New Design Books

October 3, 2012 | By | Comments (0)

This fall there are an abundance of great design books coming out. We’ve rounded up our top picks from our favorite Southern decorators and tastemakers. Some will surprise you with their Southern roots. Order one or two, and then carve out an afternoon to curl up on the sofa, learning more about what makes Southern style so special.

Darryl Carter's The Collected Home

Courtesy of Clarkson Potter

The Book: Collected Home: Rooms with Style, Grace, and History (Clarkson Potter) — out October 30.
By: Designer Darryl Carter
Southern Roots: Based in Washington, DC
Why We Love It: Darryl offers hands-on advice to replicate his signature look that’s restrained in palette, yet rich with layers and patina. We recently photographed Darryl’s Thanksgiving tablescape — look for it in our November issue! 

Charlotte Moss: A Visual Life

Courtesy of Rizzoli

The Book: Charlotte Moss: Visual Life (Rizzoli) — out October 30
By: Charlotte Moss
Southern Roots:
Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia
Why We Love It:
An iconic tastemaker, Charlotte explores how scrapbooking has been influential in her life. She
 features several of her own scrapbooks along with those of other tastemakers, including Jackie Kennedy. Leave it to Charlotte to make even scrapbooking oh-so-chic!

Miles Redd: Big Book of Chic

Courtesy of Assouline

The Book: The Big Book of Chic (Assouline) — out early November
By: Miles Redd
Southern Roots: Born and bred in Atlanta
Why We Love It: The ultimate Southern gentleman, Miles has created a 300-page ode to style that’s filled with people and places ranging from Cecil Beaton to Bunny Williams. Believe me when we tell you, this is one for the coffee table!

Danielle Rollins' Soiree

Courtesy of Rizzoli

The Book: Soiree: Entertaining with Style (Rizzoli) — just out October 2
By: Danielle Rollins
Southern Roots: Born in Texas, now an Atlanta entertaining maven
Why We Love It: Danielle shares all her party planning know-how in this beautiful and useful book that’s filled with ideas, recipes, and table setting tips for fun themes like “A French Picnic on Cap Ferret” or a “Gatsby Lawn Party” (period attire required!).

Thomas Jayne's American Decoration

Courtesy of The Monacelli Press

The Book: American Decoration (The Monacelli Press) — out October 30
By: Decorator Thomas Jayne
Southern Roots: Loves and lives in New Orleans
Why We Love It: Thomas has perfected the Southern art of mixing new and old, antique and modern. Don’t miss the lush photos of his own French Quarter apartment.

Kelly Wearstler's Rhapsody

Courtesy of Rizzoli

The Book: Rhapsody (Rizzoli) — out October 23
By: California-based Kelly Wearstler
Southern Roots: Hails from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Why We Love It: Kelly shows never-before seen photos of her latest projects ranging from luxe hotels to glamorous residences along with insight into her own creative process and inspirations.

Home by Novogratz

Courtesy of Artisan Books

The Book: Home by Novogratz (Artisan Books) — out October 9th
By: Husband and wife designing duo Cortney and Robert Novogratz
Southern Roots: Cortney is from southern Georgia and Robert is from Alexandria, Virginia. The couple first met in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Why We Love It: Their make-anything-work and all-in-the-family style is certainly influenced from growing up in the South. In their new book, the couple showcases several projects and reveal the budgets (surprisingly low) that they used. Look out for their collaboration with the Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, and a forward by their client and fellow Georgia native, Julia Roberts.

Please, let us know which book tops your list this fall!


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