Work meets life in a handful of the latest books to hit the shelves, with a few spotlighting designers who introduce their readers to their home, their lifestyle and, in one case, a personal struggle.
Tricia Foley's Tricia Foley Life|Style: Elegant Simplicity at Home (Rizzoli New York) channels the timeless designer's style—clean, natural, serene—in book form. Illustrative photos complement the designer's insights, ranging from selecting the perfect white, arranging collected objects and tabletops and home-office organization, among others.
Designer-architect Mark Zeff's BLACKBARN (ORO Editions) devotes its focus to a single, and singular, project: BLACKBARN, a barn-inspired house that is now three-plus decades in the making. The project, which is Zeff’s own home, epitomizes his approach to Hamptons design. The book charts the journey from start to finish, from Zeff’s early days of falling in love with the land to project completion and living in the home. The tome also features ideas for decorating, planning, storage and making the most of indoor-outdoor living.
The Bee Cottage Story: How I Made a Muddle of Things and Decorated My Way Back to Happiness (Skyhorse Publishing), a memoir meets decorating guide, comes from Frances Schultz, whose House Beautiful series chronicled the transformation of her East Hampton home. The Bee Cottage, the house at the book's center, serves as a haven and a focal point for the author through a broken engagement, cancer and other struggles.
In Interiors in Detail: 100 Contemporary Designs (Monacelli), Dominic Bradbury delves into 100 apartments’ and houses’ room-specific designs in great detail in this survey and sourcebook, organized by 10 chapters devoted to the most outstanding themes in each of the profiled residences, such as Character, Composition and Color. The book brings each of the themes to life with illustrative room examples from design stars including Alexander Gorlin, Studio KO, Jonathan Adler, Pierre Frey, Vicente Wolf, Tsao & McKown and Frederic Mechiche.
Restorations, renovations and re-imaginations of major New York landmarks are chronicled in Interior Landmarks: Treasures of New York (Monacelli). Some of New York City's most prized treasures are hidden within an array of the five boroughs' office buildings, banks, theaters, and other facilities; dozens of these inside gems, including neon-lit names like Radio City Music Hall, the Great Hall of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Grand Central Station as well as lesser known—and nearly unknown—spots, are showcased in the book by Judith Gura and Kate Wood, with principal photography by Larry Lederman.