For the last few years I have featured a "My Favorite Things" series during the holiday season. In the past I have asked designers and tastemakers to share their favorite gifts or holiday memories. This year I thought I would ask for favorite books to either give or receive this holiday.
First in the series is the fabulous Los Angeles based interior designer Martyn Lawrence-Bullard. Renowned for his eclectic, sophisticated and comfortable style, Martin is a favorite among discerning clientele. A few include: Christina Aguillera, Mr. and Mrs. Vidal Sassoon, Rebecca Romaijn, Felicity Huffman and Tamara Mellon.
I do hope that you will enjoy this series. And, if the idea of braving the 'Black Friday' crowds is just too much today, then go online and have a look at these wonderful titles.
The Life and Legend of the Marchesa Casati
A fabulous biography of the scandalous and extravagant life of the legendary 20th century Marchesa whose name inspired the new fashion label and the many who emulated her style.
The Private World of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge
A delicious look into the private homes and collections of these extraordinary men.
Rooms to Inspire in the Country: The Infinite Possibilities of American House Design
A refreshing look at country inspired interiors from the worlds leading designers ranging from traditional to uber modern.
Villa by John Saladino
This beautiful book is an absolute must have in any Interior designers library. Not only is the book beautifully laid out, but the overall presentation, complete with renderings and spectacular photography, is truly inspirational.
Style and Substance the Best of Elle Decor
My favorite new book of the season. A fabulous follow up on Margaret Russell’s last book So Chic. This book highlights 20 years of Elle decor style and amazing work from a glittering range of designers and world renowned tastemakers.
Lillian Bassman Women
An intimate look at the photography of this now 92-year-old iconic fashion photographer and her amazingly romantic views of women and fashion mostly shot for Vogue in the 50's and 60’s.
Tom Dixon Interior Worlds
A really fun and unusual book that explores the mind of this fascinating designer and what inspires him and his design aesthetic.
More is More by Hutton Wilkinson
The latest Tony Duquette book that I think even outshines the first. I love the intimate photos of Tony and his wife Beagle at parties and dressed to the nines, so much fun. And of course more unseen dramatic rooms and interiors from the now legendary Hollywood decorator.