Designers at Home: Personal Reflections on Stylish Living

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Ronda Carman, founder of the popular lifestyle blog "All the Best," takes readers on a guided tour through the houses of renowned designers, who share their thoughts on gracious living and how they bring their professional philosophies home. Designers at Home: Personal Reflections on Stylish Living presents the personal living spaces of today’s design leaders, including Ashley Hicks, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Jan Showers, Rose Tarlow, and Bunny Williams. The dwellings range from chic apartments and luxurious ...
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Overview

Ronda Carman, founder of the popular lifestyle blog "All the Best," takes readers on a guided tour through the houses of renowned designers, who share their thoughts on gracious living and how they bring their professional philosophies home. Designers at Home: Personal Reflections on Stylish Living presents the personal living spaces of today’s design leaders, including Ashley Hicks, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Jan Showers, Rose Tarlow, and Bunny Williams. The dwellings range from chic apartments and luxurious estates to charming country homes. From Barry Dixon’s Edwardian manor in Virginia’s horse country and the glamorous Beverly Hills home of Hutton Wilkinson to the serene Sag Harbor retreat of Steven Gambrel, each page is filled with inspiring home design, ideas for entertaining, and glorious imagery that invites readers to explore the idiosyncrasies of design while infusing their own homes with individuality and flair. The book’s conversational tone and practical tips from these experts provide a referential approach to creating a highly personal place. From favorite sheets and pillows, how to create impromptu dinner parties, to the decorative details that bring a room to life, each designer’s unique talents will encourage the reader to fashion a wonderful sanctuary of their own.
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Editorial Reviews

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If the subtitle of Ronda Carman's "All the Best" blog is "A Passport to Stylish Living," this large-scale pictorial might be described as an all-purpose visual visa to the same destination. Carman's approach in is both omnivorous and eclectic, focusing on not one aesthetic or design challenge, but on dozens. Her Designers at Home visits style setters including Ashley Hicks, Jan Showers, and Bunny Williams in the places where they literally live. Their individual strategies for personalizing their homes cover a gamut of solutions, situations, and problems. Probably more useful and certainly less expensive than a one-hour consultation with any of the stylists in its pages.

From the Publisher

'...you’ll find inspiration leaping off of each and every page. Alongside entertaining and decorating tips, each designer also shares what style means to them. It is so refreshing to hear how the interpretation of one impactful word can vary based on the individual- and seeing their definition directly next to their personal taste is a total treat." ~RueMag.com

"Ronda Rice Carman's blog, All the Best, is a must-read for everyone interested in stylish living. Now so is her book, which takes readers inside the homes of 50--that's right, 50!--leading designers." ~House Beautiful

"Each page is filled with inspiring home design, ideas for entertaining, and imagery that invites readers to explore the idiosyncrasies of design while infusing their homes with individuality and flair." ~Houston Lifestyles & Homes

"A beautifully photographed compilation of the philosophies of leaders in the [interior design] field." ~Culture Map Houston

"Written by All the Best blogger Ronda Rice Carman, this book is a nifty peek into the world of interior design, showcasing several designers from various regional locations--and a foreword by none other than the Martha Stewart." ~CS Interiors

"Though based on Scotland, Ronda (an American) has had her finger on the pulse of the American interior design world like no one else and she was really the only one who could write a book about how designers live in their own homes." ~Surroundings Blog

"It is an insightful look at the Who’s Who of today’s top design talent and how they live and decorate their own homes. The beautiful photos and the breadth of designer tips for gracious living that fill each chapter are going to make this a must have for all design devotees." ~Michael Devine, thedevinelife.blogspot

"a sumptuous tabletop accent as well as an informative look into how 50 designers on both sides of the Atlantic live their work." ~Indulge Magazine

"The most striking thing about the book, is the similarity, a common thread that weaves its way throughout the answers each designer gives to Ronda's queries. We are a homogeneous lot indeed. Scented candles, beautiful bed linens, flowers such as orchids, peonies, roses are the favorites, and pink and white flowers are the preferred colors. A love of entertaining (by way of dinner and cocktail parties) prevails; books and art work are a big part of the lifestyle designers at home eschew." ~The Visual Vamp

"This awesome book is a true peek under the tent of designers in their own home. There is no better way to learn tricks of the trade than seeing how the pros to it!" ~the Naptime Chef

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847840090
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 4/16/2013
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 220,143
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronda Rice Carman is the founder of the award-winning blog "All the Best: A Passport to Stylish Living." Carman also writes for New York Social Diary and the Huffington Post. Founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Martha Stewart is the author of numerous best-selling books, the publisher of award-winning magazines, including Martha Stewart Living, and an Emmy award–winning TV show host.
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