In House, with photography by Derry Moore and text by Mitchell Owens, is an incredibly beautiful book of sophisticated homes from around the world. Each home has a wonderfully distinct aesthetic. If you enjoy World of Interiors, you will love this book. Or, um, someone on your list will love this book.
Style and Substance, The Best of Elle Decor by Margaret Russell includes some of the best features from their pages over the last twenty years. I had always wondered how I missed their story on Albert Hadley, then I saw the date of the issue. February of 2000. I had a new house guest - Blandings boy #2 - too busy/tired/hormonal to pick up a magazine. Now I have it here.
Chairs by Judith Miller with photography by Nick Pope. Can't say enough how much I adore these lovely portraits of the great characters of design. Any chair lover/hoarder/crazy will adore this book.
Perfect English Cottage by Ros Byram Shaw with photography by Jan Baldwin has images of home after home in that perfect mix of cozy sophistication with nary a touch of 80's over-done nonsense.
Rooms to Inspire in the Country by Annie Kelly with photography by Tim Street-Porter is a lethal one-two punch of words and pictures. Terrific projects each. This is the second in the series; look for Rooms to Inspire in the City this Spring.
Have someone on your list that cannot get enough of unapologetically pretty rooms? Pop Suzanne Kasler's Inspired Interiors into your shopping cart. Lovely.
Jacque Grange Interiors will be one of those books selling "used" at $500 when your children discover they need it. Save them the bother and pick up a copy for them now. It can wait in your library until they are ready for it.
And Wallpaper: A History of Styles and Trends by Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz. Gorgeous and informative - what else could you want? It's history, it's good for you. I mean, them.
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