Author: Sarah Essex Bradley
After years of working as a professional photographer, Sara Essex Bradley eventually turned her lens from capturing interior design to documenting the home owners' dogs in various elegant and high-design environments. Charming, and sometimes scruffy, these dogs have big personalities that steal the scene. Dog Decor will appeal to dog lovers and design aficionados alike.
Author: Maureen Footer
Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications
The history of interior design is punctuated by a few legends-Billy Baldwin, Sister Parish-and should include trailblazing decorator George Stacey. When George Stacey shot to prominence in the 1930s with projects for socialite Frances Cheney and style priestess Diana Vreeland, the audacity of his work caught the eye of Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Town and Country, and House & Garden. An appealing nonchalance and irreverence, combined with erudition, a flair for color, and an innate grasp of balance, scale, and proportion, produced rooms that were surprising as well as sophisticated. Balancing modern aesthetics and modern living with a lifelong passion for French classicism ensured that Stacey designs were both of the moment and enduring. For the next forty years, he deftly produced a string of stylish rooms for his stylish clientele. While the ground rules of Stacey's approach remained constant, he captured the nuances of mood and culture of an exceptionally dynamic era and established a design vocabulary that defined American chic in the American century and that endures, glitteringly, to this day.
Author: Rebecca Vizard
Once Upon A Pillow is the first book to highlight a designer making luxury pillows from antique textiles. Features an extensive glossary of sewing, stitching, and textile terms and categories. Once Upon a Pillow features a stunning collection of pillows and accessories designed by Rebecca Vizard. Celebrated for her innovative use of rare antique textiles -- from the embroidered metallic threads of ecclesiastical vestments to Venetian Fortuny draperies and Central Asian suzanis --her designs present a perfect balance of art and material culture. A favorite of designers and a discerning public, her pillows and accessories adorn some of America s finest homes. An early childhood fascination with textiles eventually led her to create pillows from her growing personal collection of rare textiles and, when Neiman Marcus placed its first order in 1999, B VIZ Design was officially launched. While her collecting forays frequently take her abroad, she returns to her Louisiana roots and its rich history and tradition of decorative arts for inspiration. In addition to Ms. Vizard s home, rooms in a range of styles and periods by such top flight designers as Gerrie Bremermann, Barry Dixon, Suzanne Kasler and Matthew Patrick Smyth are included to illustrate embroidery, applique, tapestry, needlepoint, Fortuny, damask and brocade and suzani and ethnic pillows. A selection of accessories from lighting, gifts and dog wear of Fortuny fabric is also highlighted and an annotated textile glossary is included.Early in her career, while working on interior design projects from New York to New Orleans, Rebecca Vizard noticed a void in the pillow market. Discovering a niche for antique textiles, Vizard focused on designing these one of a kind pillows for clients, and in the process employed many local seamstresses. Soon pillows sold to Neiman Marcus and other exclusive stores. Her pillows frequently grace the covers of national publications, such as House Beautiful, Veranda, Elle Decor, Traditional Home, and Architectural Digest."
Author: Alexa Hampton
Publisher: Potter Style
The daughter of a celebrated White House decorator draws on early memories of watching her father and studying art to counsel readers on how to understand design by observing four basic principles, sharing lavish photographs of 18 homes that represent a variety of styles.
Author: Kerri McCaffety, Julia Reed
Award-winning photographer Kerri McCaffety looks at the city's most innovative and iconic interiors in a quest to define the essence of New Orleans's unique style.What makes New Orleans different from everywhere else? The answer is its history: three centuries of complex cultural influences-French, Spanish, and African-converging in a unique climate and a strategic location at the mouth of the Mississippi River. Today New Orleans style is moving forward while still embracing the extravagance of the past. The grandeur of the Greek revival architecture and the drama of the live oaks are tempered by a fresh, more relaxed elegance that respects classical proportions and details but introduces a more contemporary vocabulary in furnishings and accessories.
Author: Valorie Hart, Sara Essex Bradley
Experience the joy of decor and design, restoration and rebirth, color and comfort - all in the enchanting locale of Louisiana. A New Orleans-based interior designer, Valorie Hart expertly leads a private tour of the most fashionable homes in the state. Sara Essex Bradley's photographs document the personality of Louisiana's homes, from the formal Greek revival house to the warm Creole cottage, the pre-Civil war beauty to the kitschy 50s-style ranch, the grand Victorian to the modern urban loft. This is not simply a design inspiration book, but rather a thoughtful compilation of homeowners' personal stories of restoring and redesigning their dream houses - the stories of the "house-proud." In addition to Debra Shriver's foreword, Hart gives her creative expertise on repurposing furniture, displaying art collections, creating extra rooms, and rethinking storage. Hart presents us with today's Louisiana homes: the feel of southern hospitality married with a look of contemporary chic."
Author: Shannon Lee Dawdy
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Building the Devil’s Empire is the first comprehensive history of New Orleans’s early years, tracing the town’s development from its origins in 1718 to its revolt against Spanish rule in 1768. Shannon Lee Dawdy’s picaresque account of New Orleans’s wild youth features a cast of strong-willed captives, thin-skinned nobles, sharp-tongued women, and carousing travelers. But she also widens her lens to reveal the port city’s global significance, examining its role in the French Empire and the Caribbean, and she concludes that by exemplifying a kind of rogue colonialism—where governments, outlaws, and capitalism become entwined—New Orleans should prompt us to reconsider our notions of how colonialism works. "[A] penetrating study of the colony's founding."—Nation “A brilliant and spirited reinterpretation of the emergence of French New Orleans. Dawdy leads us deep into the daily life of the city, and along the many paths that connected it to France, the North American interior, and the Greater Caribbean. A major contribution to our understanding of the history of the Americas and of the French Atlantic, the work is also a model of interdisciplinary research and analysis, skillfully bringing together archival research, archaeology, and literary analysis.”—Laurent Dubois, Duke University
Author: Phil Bildner
Publisher: Chronicle Books
A man known as the "Trashcan Wizard" sings and dances his way through the French Quarter in New Orleans, keeping his beloved city clean, until Hurricane Katrina's devastation nearly causes him to lose his spirit.
Author: Robert S. Brantley
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Few nineteenth-century architects ventured far from the pattern-book styles of their time. One architect not constrained by tradition was the Irish-born American Henry Howard, who started as a carpenter and stair builder in 1836 New York and arrived in New Orleans the following year, soon establishing a reputation for distinctive designs that blended American and European trends. His career gained momentum as he went on to design an extraordinarily diverse portfolio of magnificent residences and civic buildings in New Orleans and its environs. Henry Howard is a lavishly produced clothbound volume featuring hundreds of contemporary and archival images and a comprehensive analysis of his built work. The first book to examine the forty-year career of the architect, Henry Howard establishes a clear lineage of his aesthetic contributions to the urban and rural environments of the South. Princeton Architectural Press co-publishes Henry Howard with The Historic New Orleans Collection: a museum, research center, and publisher dedicated to the study and preservation of the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South.
Author: Randolph Delehanty
Publisher: Chronicle Books
A photographic tribute to New Orleans celebrates the city's Old World elegance and lush culture with images of such subjects as balcony-lined streets, French-style parks, Caribbean-inspired gardens, ornate public buildings, and unique private homes. 15,000 first printing.
Author: Peter B. Dedek
Publisher: LSU Press
In The Cemeteries of New Orleans, Peter B. Dedek reveals the origins and evolution of the Crescent City’s world-famous necropolises, exploring both their distinctive architecture and their cultural impact. Spanning centuries, this fascinating body of research takes readers from muddy fields of crude burial markers to extravagantly designed cities of the dead, illuminating a vital and vulnerable piece of New Orleans’s identity. Where many histories of New Orleans cemeteries have revolved around the famous people buried within them, Dedek focuses on the marble cutters, burial society members, journalists, and tourists who shaped these graveyards into internationally recognizable emblems of the city. In addition to these cultural actors, Dedek’s exploration of cemetery architecture reveals the impact of ancient and medieval grave traditions and styles, the city’s geography, and the arrival of trained European tomb designers, such as the French architect J. N. B. de Pouilly in 1833 and Italian artist and architect Pietro Gualdi in 1851. As Dedek shows, the nineteenth century was a particularly critical era in the city’s cemetery design. Notably, the cemeteries embodied traditional French and Spanish precedents, until the first garden cemetery—the Metairie Cemetery—was built on the site of an old racetrack in 1872. Like the older walled cemeteries, this iconic venue served as a lavish expression of fraternal and ethnic unity, a backdrop to exuberant social celebrations, and a destination for sightseeing excursions. During this time, cultural and religious practices, such as the celebration of All Saints’ Day and the practice of Voodoo rituals, flourished within the spatial bounds of these resting places. Over the course of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, however, episodes of neglect and destruction gave rise to groups that aimed to preserve the historic cemeteries of New Orleans—an endeavor, which, according to Dedek, is still wanting for resources and political will. Containing ample primary source material, abundant illustrations, appendices on both tomb styles and the history of each of the city’s eighteenth- and nineteenth-century cemeteries, The Cemeteries of New Orleans offers a comprehensive and intriguing resource on these fascinating historic sites.
Author: T. J. Fisher, Skip Bolen
Paying tribute and homage to the French Quarter’s compelling clash-of-culture imagery of past and present, this highly visual collage reveals a mad hatter’s mesmerizing jumble of exquisitely-controlled chaos. Subscribing to the age-old axioms of "excess is best" and "too much is never enough," the style enchants the mind and the eye with a hypnotic blend of African, Parisian, and equestrian-inspired themes and motifs threaded throughout every room. Ravishing, uncanny, and confounding design applications, never before previewed, spill from every page, coupled with astonishing how-to design philosophy and real-life applications. Packing oodles of countless collectibles and curiosities into even the smallest space, the eye-popping style dismisses and defies all preconceived notions and perceptions or predictable, anemic interior decorating ideas. Through a ceiling-to-floor embellishment of exquisite and peculiar accessories, ornamentation, and colors, a mix of opulently cheap to chichi and colossal furnishings—including artifacts, antiques, accessories, collectibles, curios, and other fine objects d’art—crowds each room.
Author: Mimi Read
Publisher: Vendome Press
"From Park Avenue apartments to Maine country houses to Bahamian seaside cottages, leading interior designer Tom Scheerer creates rooms that are crisp, confident, and visually enthralling. He combines classic, old-fashioned decorating with modernist touches, simple, natural materials, beckoning palettes, and vernacular crafts. The result, as seen on every page of this first book of his work, is an object lesson in highly sophisticated, yet relaxed, unpretentious décor. "--