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New Design Books For Cocooning This Fall/Winter Season



What does home mean to you? Four new books give various definitions to the meaning of home. From spaces that showcase a life’s worth of collections and passions to creating environs that strengthen family bonds, these new releases will have you in a reflective mood.

Home: A Celebration

The interior design doyenne and author Charlotte Moss has put together a book that captures between its pages various definitions of home. Calling on her circle of friends which include fellow designers, artists, chefs, gardeners, writers, actors, fashion icons and television personalities, Moss has assembled one of those books that you can devour in one sitting or read at a leisurely pace – spreading out the pages between readings – or picking out pages in random.

Whether you start in the beginning with an essay from the writer Umberto Pasti on how his childhood shaped his passion for collecting or in the middle with a photograph by Irving Penn of his wife the model Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn on horseback entitled Love Letter to a Farm or towards the end with a reflection by the decorator Suzanne Tucker that couldn’t be more apropos today: “In so many ways, the essence of home is one’s own bed… there is nothing more nurturing and comforting than to climb into one’s own bed.” This nugget of wisdom is accompanied by a photograph of Tucker’s bedroom in her home in Montecito.

Gloria Steinem, Al Roker, Drew Barrymore, Tory Burch, Bianca Jagger, Julian Fellowes and many others offer their insights of what home means to them. These reflections are anywhere from family recipes, illustrations, scrapbook photographs, garden vistas, family stories, poetry, and nostalgic journeys to childhood homes. “Each has shared with us a personal account that streamed from head and heart through a pen, a brush, a laptop or a camera lens,” writes Moss of the contributors.

A portion of the proceeds from the sales of Home: A Celebration will go to the No Kid Hungry foundation.

Jacques Grange: Recent Work.

Jacques Grange is a design alchemist, deftly creating interiors that never repeat themselves. Whereas some designers have one defining style or a go-to aesthetic, Grange’s talents are so immense that his visions (and subsequent executions) for his projects are unique unto themselves.

“I don’t feel that I’m trapped within a single genre. I adore eclectic mixes and I believe that houses are meant above all to be lived in comfortably and happily. This is what I am for and if I don’t manage it, I’ve failed,” writes Grange in his gorgeous new book Jacques Grange: Recent Work.

You can see this approach in his book where the homes span various world capitals and be they penthouses, mansions, grand apartments, castles or country estates. They all have their own identities – melding the home owner’s personalities and collections with Grange’s talent and taste. “Avoid the pitfalls of fashion,” he says. Francois Halard casts his curatorial photographic eye on Grange’s interior design work.

Grange’s client list reads like a roster of great collectors – Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge, Karl Lagerfeld and the house of Chanel in Paris, Ronald Lauder, Francis Ford Coppola. His also worked on hospitality and commercial spaces like The Mark Hotel in New York, Hotel Cappuccino in Palma de Mallorca, Cheval Blanc in Saint Barths and the quietly elegant boutique of Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen’s fashion label The Row.

Collected Interiors: Rooms That Tell A Story by Philip Mitchell

The designer Philip Mitchell creates layered rooms. He likes a collected approach, highlighting the passions of his clients, weaving a tapestry of their lives through objects found and cherished. “The best interiors, in my view, tell a story,” he writes in the opening sentence of his book.

He makes a case for this with photographs of his projects that combine comfort and curation. Comfort through the furniture selection and the flow of interiors. Curation by way of his uncanny ability to mix various art and media in a salon style art installation or through his arrangement of say, an etagere full of small blue and white porcelain or a coffee table brimming with vintage boxes or a mantle lined with Staffordshire dogs of various heights. “I am a collector by nature, and by design. On some level, I believe what we collect tells us who we are.”

Life In A French Country House: Entertaining for All Seasons by Cordelia de Castellane

As the artistic director of Dior Home, the designer Cordelia de Castellane is an authority when it comes to setting up a beautiful home, as well as a magician when it comes to creating table settings that range from the grand and fabulous to simple and low-key. In her book, she takes us through a year’s tour of her home and gardens and how she decorates and entertains through the changing seasons. You see spring transition into summer with the changes in her floral pickings from her gardens. Autumn turning to winter with the addition of holly and wreaths and winter berries and a roaring fire in the background.

Layered table settings assembled from her designs for Dior, heirloom pieces and various things she’s collected over the years are photographed with rich detail. Between lovely mise en scenes are recipes for each of the seasons. It is the perfect book to curl up with on a cold autumn day while you dream of holidays in the South of France.

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