Monday, February 28, 2011

Weekend Reading

I had picked up a copy of So Chic from my local library recently, and finally opened it this weekend....gorgeous!

Okay, apologies now for the rubbish scanning!

It is written and compiled by Margaret Russell and the team at Elle Decor; Margaret was until recently the famed editor of Elle Decor and is now at the helm of Architectural Digest (US) watch that space.

So the wretched scanner (grrrrr) and I have worked together to capture some of my favourite rooms.  Below is the poolhouse (yes, poolhouse, complete with Tord Boontje Blossom chandelier!) of Delphine and Reed Krakoff's Southampton home:

and living room with its fabulous David Hicks custom rug:

Amy Fine Collins' living room in her Park Avenue apartment:

Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick's Bridgehampton weekend house.  This is really lovely - beautifully designed but it really looks like somewhere you can imagine enjoying a relaxing weekend....please!

Doesn't that dining room just look perfect for enjoying good food and lots of wine!  I am in love with that chandelier - the colour is gorgeous.  In the master bedroom, this flea market find chair is upholstered in apple green Chinese silk, and adds so much texture and integrity to the room.  Love the green with the yellow headboard, orange and blue, and pink tulips.  Who would think that all those colours would look so beautifully calm together!

Artist David Salle's Brooklyn house has a beautiful simplicity and order (and is very, very tidy)!

Am loving these Gio Ponti wing chairs:

Candace Bushnell's Greenwich Village apartment is so fab the living room nabbed the So Chic cover.  I love the muted tones in this corner of the room:

but my favourite spot is the opposite corner with its rose and pink tones and vintage gold leaf sheaf sconce (one of a pair flanking the mantel).  Really makes me smile.

Look at those windows in Antony Todd's New York Victorian townhouse:

Again, it's the muted greens and pinks in Ranjana and Naeem Khan's SoHo loft that appeal to me, but what really sets off the room is those fantastic yellow vases/ornaments/thingies....whatever, they're gorgeous and loosen up the room!

Valentino's PR man, Carlos Souza's Roman apartment is simple and stylish. I love the cushion on the daybed - again, it stops the room being quite so serious:

and the use of marble and timber here really captures the perfect Italian kitchen, without being stark and clinical:

I could keep going, but that would be called a book!  That, and I am not revisiting the scanner today.

So Chic really is a lovely book to keep picking up.  It's on Book Depository for GBP 23.70 and free delivery.  Someone I know has a birthday in March!

Image 1: Book Depository; All other images scanned (through gritted teeth) from So Chic by Margaret Russell.

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