Designers Here and There: Inside the City and Country Homes of America's Top Decorators

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During the week, interior designers select fabulous fabrics, furniture, paint, lighting, and accessories for clients’ homes. On the weekends, they can devote themselves to beautifying their own. Materials and finishes that later appear in commissioned work often appear here first, as designers use the rooms and walls of their primary and secondary residences like a blank canvas for perfecting details and techniques central to their trade.

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Overview

During the week, interior designers select fabulous fabrics, furniture, paint, lighting, and accessories for clients’ homes. On the weekends, they can devote themselves to beautifying their own. Materials and finishes that later appear in commissioned work often appear here first, as designers use the rooms and walls of their primary and secondary residences like a blank canvas for perfecting details and techniques central to their trade.

Thirty-eight private primary and vacation residences belonging to today’s most renowned decorators from around the country inspire with full-color images of exquisitely appointed chic city apartments, elegant townhouses, minimalist midcentury gems, quaint cottages, historic mansions and farmhouses, cozy log cabins, and beachside retreats in locations ranging from Palm Desert to Palm Beach, Austin, Chicago, East Hampton, and Boston.

Michele Keith’s lively, accessible text brings each distinct personality to life, revealing how and why the designers gravitate to styles ranging from firmly traditional to coolly contemporary to Hollywood Regency, how the attributes of each location—setting, proportions, and character—influence design direction, and how designers including Martha Angus, Barclay Butera, Eric Cohler, Andrew Fisher and Jeffry Weisman, Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz, Eve Robinson, and Vicente Wolf choose to spend time in the intensely personal spaces they have created. Each designer’s top five favorite decorating tips encourage all eager to perfect their own homes to begin.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Creating a solid library should be a pleasure and a prerequisite for any design addict. First we gathered our top picks of recent and forthcoming releases. Of particular note . . . The Monacelli Press's Designers Here and There visits the addresses of decorating greats."
Departures, The Style Issue's Required Reading List

"Michele Keith indulges our voyeuristic desires with this tour through 38 primary and vacation residences owned by the country's hottest decorators."
—Luxe

"The homes of 19 designers provide endless inspiration—and evidence of experimentation—in these vivid photo essays. Be sure not to miss top tips from each pro."
—Traditional Home

"Ms. Keith documents the wide array of spaces designers create for themselves . . . Read and be inspired, or jealous. Or both."
—The New York Times

"Michele Keith does what most of us long to do: She takes a long, extended glance into the domestic domains of some of America's most talented interior designers, to see how they deck their own halls. Pick up a copy and see from where inspriation springs."
—Papercity

"Style-minded pros open their primary and secondary residences for your viewing pleasure in Michele Keith's fascinating Designers Here and There: Inside the City and Country Homes of America's Top Decorators. What a treat it is to compare and contrast two dwellings inhabited by each designer revealing different aspects of the same creative spirit."
—Veranda

"This is a beautiful book. If you're interested in interior desgin as much as I am and you like to collect coffee table books, or you're looking for a gift for a friend who fits that profile, I would definitely suggest picking up a copy!"
—CasaSugar

"Find yourself inspired by . . . Designers Here and There."
—Town & Country

"From Designers Here and There: Inside the City and Country Homes of America's Top Decorators, it is evident that these designers have a passion for life and it shows in the spaces they carve out for themselves and their loved ones."
—Texas Home & Living

"Michele Keith is on to something. San Francisco's interior designers work like no others because they're surrounded by beauty: the bay, the ocean, the headlands, the city's landscape and unique topography . . . Unusual for an interior design coffee table book that surveys a wide field, Keith begins with San Francisco and wends her way back to New York City and environs via places like Santa Fe, N.M., Dallas, Houston and Chicago."
—San Francisco Chronicle

"[Designers Here and There] gives you a glimpse into the tastes and likes of  the decorators themselves—their own personal style. It’s also a fabulous resource because it covers a range of different design styles—every time I pick up the book I notice something new."
—Ladies' Home Journal

"Take a sneak peak into designers' private homes, including the pads of L.A.'s Michael Berman, Molly Luetkemeyer and Barclay Butera."
—Los Angeles Times

"If reading interior-design coffee-table books is a crime, we plead guilty. But can you blame us? We just couldn't put down Designers Here and There: Inside the City and Country Homes of America's Top Decorators . . . Another favorite feature of this book: two pages of design tips from the profiled designers."
—Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"More than just pretty pictures . . . so brimming with information and tips that you'll come down with a case of cabin fever!"
–Modern Luxury Dallas

"There is nothing more fascinating than getting a peek into the homes of others. When this group of top designers allowed Michele Keith to open the door not only to their urban dwellings but also to their second homes, we were given an opportunity for aspirational voyeurism that is unique. Grab the book, cast yourself on a sofa and go on one of the most revealing designer tours of all, the designers’ own homes."
–Clodagh

"Michele Keith provides great insight into the lives and personalities of some of our most celebrated designers through beautiful photographs of their homes. This book is for everyone who would like to discover how those who design for others design for themselves."
–Mary Douglas Drysdale

"Up close and personal views of some of my favorite interior designers—plus their favorite decorating tips—make this book a must-read."
–Amy Lau

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580932462
  • Publisher: The Monacelli Press
  • Publication date: 3/23/2010
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 881,943
  • Product dimensions: 9.46 (w) x 11.28 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Michele Keith is a freelance writer based in New York City. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times, Departures, Traditional Home, New York Spaces, and O, The Oprah Magazine. Her previous books include Country Living Easy Makeovers and Great Country French Style.
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Barclay Butera
Newport Beach, California & Park City, Utah

He might look like a surfer, but Barclay Butera’s focus is on fabrics and furniture, rather than the Wedge, and it’s the refined elegance and classical tailoring of 1940s couture that inspire him. Butera, whose second passion is real estate, downsized from five houses—one of which was Frank Sinatra’s Palm Springs home—to the two he loves most. His primary residence in Newport Beach is country club classic, with gleaming mahogany and patterns galore. Six hundred miles away in Park City, Utah, Butera lets his inner cowboy out, roping in a Western motif with art and antiques.

NEWPORT BEACH
BAREFOOT ELEGANCE
“I’ve learned to slow down here and appreciate what I have.”

Southern California has been Butera’s base for much of his life, so this 1950s ranch house in Newport Beach appealed to him for a number of reasons: “It’s on a huge double lot, rare in these parts,” he explains, “and only three miles from the office. My design team is like family.We work together and play together. This is an easy drive for everyone to make for dinner and a soak in the jacuzzi.”

With entertaining in mind, Butera decided on an open plan for the 2,700-square-foot space. He began by ripping out the bathrooms, reconfiguring beams and ceilings, and installing new cabinetry. Only then did he turn to the décor, immersing the house in an ocean of blues and whites. “It reminds me of the seaside,” he says, finding it “comforting to know it’s so close by.” But this is no typical beach cottage—although there are seashells depicted in numerous antique nature prints on the walls, unusual coral specimens topping books on many tables, and a giant clam shell used as a planter in one of the guest bedrooms. The two-tone color scheme is repeated in each room of the house, but Butera varies the mood by introducing a range of furnishings, textures, and patterns. The dining area borders on formal, its audacious mix of toile de Jouy, stripes, and Chinese porcelains set off smartly by the ebony-stained floor and mahogany chairs of his design. The living room is relaxed with a sofa from his eponymous retail collection, a bamboo fire screen scooped up at a flea market, and leopard-print carpeting. And the family room that opens onto the garden feels easy as a picnic with lots of sea grass, rattan, and the nearly ceiling-high, batten board wainscoting. Butera’s office evokes a different atmosphere still: all-business in sedate stripes and Scottish plaid. The designer’s vision of carefree glamour embraces every room.

Butera collects such vintage silver pieces as clocks, flasks, and ashtrays, tucking them among favorite books on the shelves in his office, and displaying them elsewhere in the house. He also went wild with wallpaper, one of his favorite decorative tools, hanging fourteen different types throughout, including one made of raffia on the family room ceiling. The last step of the renovation was landscaping. “I live in the garden,” he says, “and love to entertain on the terrace.” His favorite type of get-together? Potluck-style dinners, especially when everyone brings a homemade specialty. “That way we can all have fun, and no one is stuck with clean-up—especially me!” he jokes.

PARK CITY COWBOY CHIC
“The smell of the pines, crackling fireplace, friends and family to share it with . . . what’s not to love?”

I’ve admired Park City since I skied here as a kid,” says Butera. “It’s changed greatly since then, but it’s still a far cry from Newport Beach.” A quick drive to the airline hub of Salt Lake City, which makes flying to either coast for client meetings a snap, it offers many of the activities he enjoys year-round, from mountain biking in the summer to the Sundance Film Festival in the winter. Butera bought the loft for its notable location at the edge of a creek, surrounded by Aspen trees, yet only 50 feet from Main Street, bustling with restaurants and boutiques. Under the pitched ceiling that soars to 18 feet at its apex, the two bedrooms, vast great room, and open kitchen reveal his design concept: an inviting interior that reflects the singular colors of the mountains and sky, sunrise and sunset. Multiple patterns, including seemingly discordant paisleys, stripes, Jacobean prints, and American Indian blanket motifs combine with fabrics and rugs in a slew of textures.

As befits an ideal mountain retreat, the rooms display lots of buttery-soft leather, old-timey trunks and horns—big, curvy examples from a Texas longhorn shape a hide-covered chair in his bedroom; sunbleached deer antlers are placed like sculpture on armoires; and those of an elk twist and turn into a lamp near the fireplace. But Butera being Butera, he enhances the cowpoke aesthetic with glimpses of his cattle baron side. “Just because you wear jeans and cowboy boots,” he insists, “doesn’t mean you have to forgo elegance.” His touch of chic is quiet: Some of the trunks are vintage Louis Vuitton, Chinese porcelains add grace to the rustic surroundings, and a number of the antique pocket watches he collects are on display. With a few paintings, the house is complete. “Look at this one,” he says, indicating William “Royden” Card’s Guardian at Katherine hanging in the red master bedroom. “It’s like Utah itself. It brings you back to reality, if even for a short period of time.”

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Table of Contents

MARTHA ANGUS
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
ST. HELENA, CALIFORNIA

ANDREW FISHER & JEFFRY WEISMAN
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
HEALDSBURG, CALIFORNIA

STEPHEN SHUBEL
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
SAUSALITO, CALIFORNIA

MICHAEL BERMAN
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA

MOLLY LUETKEMEYER
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
MONTECITO, CALIFORNIA

BARCLAY BUTERA
NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA
PARK CITY, UTAH

PAM DUNCAN
SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO
TRES LAGUNAS, NEW MEXICO

JOHN PHIFER MARRS
DALLAS, TEXAS
EUREKA SPRINGS, ARKANSAS

RENEA ABBOTT
HOUSTON, TEXAS
AUSTIN, TEXAS

BEVERLY JACOMINI
HOUSTON, TEXAS
ROUND TOP, TEXAS

LAWRENCE BOEDER
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
ROLLING PRAIRIE, INDIANA

ALEX JORDAN
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
PALM DESERT, CALIFORNIA

SUE BURGESS
CHEVY CHASE, MARYLAND
UPPERVILLE, VIRGINIA

ERIC COHLER
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA

CHRISTOPHER COLEMAN
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK
ELIZAVILLE, NEW YORK

BENJAMIN NORIEGA-ORTIZ
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
SOUTH BEACH, FLORIDA

EVE ROBINSON
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
WATERMILL , NEW YORK

VICENTE WOLF
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
MONTAUK, NEW YORK

LEE BIERLY AND CHRISTOPHER DRAKE
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
PALM BEACH, FLORIDA

DESIGNER TIPS AND CONTACT INFORMATION

PHOTOGRAPHY CREDITS

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  • Posted June 7, 2010

    A must read for anyone remotely interested in interior decorating!

    I won Designers Here and There via an Internet giveaway. I absolutely love this book!

    Exquisite images and colorful words grace every page of Michele Keith's book. She opens the doors to the homes of some of the most coveted decorators, providing readers with a glimpse of tasteful decor and personal design preferences of said artists.

    From luxury to comfort, colorful to neutral, West Coast to East Coast, apartments to mansions and everything in between, Keith takes readers on a tour of nearly forty personal residences. The images, combined with a refreshing narrative, portray each designer's distinct individuality and zest for life.

    With subtle creative decor ideas and expert testimony into translating personality into a place to call home, Keith's book is a must read. One need not be a professional in the interior design and architecture industries to enjoy this book. You will walk away feeling inspired to cultivate your own personal space and educate yourself on the ins and outs of impeccable design.

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  • Posted May 31, 2010

    Inspiring and Fun

    It was surprising to see how designers decorate for themselves and read about it in this beautiful and readable no nonsense book.
    The book is down to earth and yet sophisticated. It inspired me to try some new things in my loft and I'll pick it up from time to time to get even more ideas.
    One of the fun and helpful comments was "Don't be too much of a neatnik or your home will lack soul and feel sterile."
    I highly recommend the book for personal reading, gift giving and a fresh start on every season!

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  • Posted March 19, 2010

    This is a beautiful book in every way

    Michele Keith has put together one of the best Designer books in many, many years. It is wonderfully photographed and the detail of her work provides a very interesting read. Its very rare to get an inside view into amazing homes and properties like the ones Michele has in her book.
    This is going into my permanent Library in each of my homes.

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