Selected by Gayle A. Williamson, Fashion Inst. of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles
Bonney, Grace. Design*Sponge at Home. Artisan: Workman. ISBN 9781579654313. $35.
Bonney gathers close to 550 color photographs of over 50 interiors and 100 do-it-yourself projects that have been submitted to her popular website, Design*Sponge. With its diverse projects and pictured decor, this is a useful guide for readers of all skill levels seeking inspiration to create their own unique style. (LJ 8/11)
Connors, Michael (text) & Brent Winebrenner (photogs.). The Splendor of Cuba: 450 Years of Architecture and Interiors. Rizzoli. ISBN 9780847835676. $85.
Including close to 300 color photographs of buildings located throughout Cuba, Connors describes the architectural and social history of the island. The emphasis is on domestic architecture and interiors, as the book highlights the restoration effort currently underway.
Gaillard, Emmanuelle (text) & Marc Walter (photogs.). Exotic Taste: Orientalist Interiors. Vendome Pr., dist. by Abrams. ISBN 9780865652736. $75.
The history of Chinese-, Japanese-, and Islamic-influenced decor in 18th- and 19th-century Europe is nicely explored here. Close to 200 photographs of extant interiors and exteriors show lavish dwellings located throughout Europe, and Gaillard offers an explanation of the evolution of each style. (LJ 10/1/11)
Lemieux, Christiane with Rumaan Alam (text) & Melanie Acevedo (photogs.). Undecorate: The No-Rules Approach to Interior Design. Clarkson Potter: Crown Pub. Group. ISBN 9780307463159. $40.
Similar to Grace Bonney’s Design*Sponge at Home (see above), this book will inspire amateurs to tackle their own interior design with 200 color photographs. Lemieux visits 19 dwellings to show how the inhabitants‚ who have no formal training, just a passion for decorating‚ have designed their homes with an eclectic flair to suit their lifestyles. (LJ 5/15/11)
Litchfield, Michael. In-Laws, Outlaws, and Granny Flats: Your Guide to Turning One House into Two Homes. Taunton. ISBN 9781600852510. pap. $24.95.
Litchfield presents a comprehensive guide for everyone contemplating adding a secondary dwelling on their property. Showcasing 26 case studies illustrated with floor plans and color photographs, he thoroughly discusses factors to consider when creating this type of abode. (LJ 6/1/11)
Olson, Candice (text) & Brandon Barré (photogs.). Candice Olson Kitchens & Baths. Wiley. ISBN 9780470889374. pap. $19.99.
Celebrity interior designer Olson explains the design challenges she encountered on 20 kitchen and bathroom projects that were featured on her HGTV series Divine Design. Before-and-after photographs illustrate how she combined the owners’ desired functionality with her own inimitable style. (LJ 6/15/11)
Palmisano, Joanne (text) & Susan Teare (photogs.). Salvage Secrets: Transforming Re-claimed Materials into Design Concepts. Norton. ISBN 9780393733396. $39.95.
Materials into Design Concepts. Norton. ISBN 9780393733396. $39.95. Palmisano presents a comprehensive look at the use of salvaged materials in home decor. Close to 200 photographs illustrate how reclaimed and recycled wood, glass, metal, stone, and lighting fixtures have been incorporated into renovated homes. (LJ 11/15/11)