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DESIGN E DITOR’S PICKS


A CURATED BOOKSHELF


suburban and even rural contexts.


STYLISH SMALL STUFF


They say it’s the little things in life that matter most. If that’s the case then Susanna Salk’s latest decorating tome, It’s the Little Things (Rizzoli, $45), should be on every interior designer’s bookshelf. This little book is filled with big ideas and quotes from some of the world’s best designers to go along with the over 200 stunning full-page photo-


EVERYTHING’S BIGGER IN TEXAS


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Books about architecture usually come in two forms: Either they are long on text about theory or they are filled with plans and photographs with very little explanation. Then along comes a graciously appointed book, A Vision of Place (Texas A&M University Press, $50), that re- flects on more than two decades of practice by two Texas-based architects, William Curtis and Russell Windham, and provides the perfect balance of imagery and text.


Eighteen projects from the Curtis & Windham Architects firm are showcased, ranging from a small backyard ga- rage-studio in an unassuming neighborhood to large dwell- ings situated in Houston’s River Oaks.


The work of Curtis & Windham demonstrates the versatility of classical ideals and methods for instilling a contemporary resonance of place in urban,


graphs. What sets It’s the Little


Things apart from other interior design books is its intense focus on the minute details of room décor. Salk’s theme is that it is the personal items, placed on


consoles, bookshelves, mantels and throughout a home, which create spaces that reflect a homeowner’s personality. It’s all in the details, and it’s the details that make this book such a prize jewel.


CLASS IS IN


Continuing our design education, Carl Dellatore has edited to- gether “100 lessons from America’s finest designers on the art of decoration” in Interior Design Master Class (Rizzoli, $50). This massive coffee-table book brings together 100 essays written by interior designers on topics such as design theory, structure, style, process, elements and inspiration, all paired


with gorgeous photos of their work that illustrate the principles being discussed.


If years of experience and knowledge can be collected in one place, this book has suc- cessfully accomplished the task. As the title implies, this book is like a master class in interior design and will reinforce the theories you already have about your work as well as open you to new ideas.


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