At the tender age of five, Miles Redd discovered a book of Cecil Beaton portraits in his Atlanta home and became smitten with the glamorous life. Now a New York–based decorator and noted bon vivant, Redd delivers his own cinematic scrapbook. (Assouline, $75) showcases pictures of his bold and color-saturated interiors, along with the visuals he loves, such as paintings by Sargent and Cassatt, and a photo of Peggy Guggenheim at her Venetian palazzo.
For Kathryn M. Ireland, decorating is all about “the unpredictable spark with a client that inspires gorgeous work,” as she writes in (Gibbs Smith, $40). From a Santa Barbara horse ranch to a beach house in Normandy, France, the book’s 10 featured homes share the exuberant sensibility of the Los Angeles designer, whose wit and warmth have made her a star on Million Dollar Decorators.
It’s a rare property that deserves a book of its own. Designer Juan Montoya’s rustic stone-and-wood house, located in New York’s Hudson Valley, certainly does. In (Monacelli Press, $65), Eric Piasecki’s meticulous photographs survey its charmingly overstuffed rooms and the surrounding 110 acres of gardens, streams, and woodlands punctuated by contemporary sculpture.
“Rooms that are too serious, or too perfect, don’t encourage you to relax,” writes Amanda Nisbet in (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, $50). The New York decorator, whose art-history background informs her polished but never pre-dictable interiors, offers elegant solutions (“texture...is one of the subtlest and most powerful weapons in a designer’s arsenal”) for creating rooms that encompass a range of moods and styles, from soothing to sensational.
Designer Eric Cohler seamlessly mixes the traditional and the up to date; in his interiors, Old Master–style paintings meet sleek contemporary sculpture and furnishings. His first book, (Monacelli Press, $50), features images of the decorator’s personal inspirations, from Edith Wharton’s country home to Bauhaus buildings, as well as 160 photographs of his projects.
“I was...interested in making places that spoke to my own memories,” says architect Gil Schafer III. (Rizzoli, $55) shows how Schafer adapts classical styles to modern-day needs. Photographs, architectural drawings, and floor plans offer an in-depth look at four projects, including his own upstate New York home and a restored Charleston, South Carolina, townhouse.
Thomas Jayne’s (Monacelli Press, $50) reveals a reverence for history paired with refreshingly catholic tastes (Chinese wallpapers, a crisp, lacquered Parsons table). The book’s two dozen projects include stately homes in such classic locales as Nantucket, Massachusetts; Charleston, South Carolina; and the coast of Maine. But don’t expect only grand spaces: A petite New Orleans apartment is whimsically painted in bold, Creole-inspired colors.
(Rizzoli, $55), the first collection of the designer’s work, tours nine of her exquisite creations, including Getty’s own San Francisco residence and her country house in the Sacramento Valley. A serious collector of fine art and antiques, Getty has a passion for preservation that comes through in her work. Her interiors, which have a deep sense of history, are opulent, fresh, and timeless all at once.
In (Clarkson Potter, $45), Thom Filicia—best known as the design expert on TV’s Queer Eye for the Straight Guy—describes how he fell for a weathered-looking house in an idyllic village not far from his hometown of Syracuse, New York. The house’s renovation, shown step by step, transforms it into a showcase for his sunny and quirky version of Americana. But the charming interiors get stiff competition from the stunning site on the banks of one of the Finger Lakes.
Creating extraordinary living spaces begins with “the proper balance of vision and discipline,” says Darryl Carter in (Clarkson Potter, $45). The Washington, D.C., decorator’s second book is both inspiring and eminently practical, with photos of his handsome, classical-modern interiors interspersed with tips on choosing flooring and paint.
“[His] surfer cool L.A. dreaminess is the yin to her New York intense no bullshit yang,” writes Ben Stiller in his introduction to (Rizzoli, $75) by New York–based designers Stephen Alesch and Robin Standefer. That fusion of opposites makes for unforgettable spaces, including movie sets (-Zoolander, Duplex), New York’s Standard and Ace hotels, and lavish homes for Hollywood denizens like Stiller and Kate Hudson
“Bill Willis was an aesthetic sensualist in the extreme,” Marian McEvoy writes in this lushly illustrated book on the decorator’s work. A flamboyant fixture in Marrakech from the mid-1960s until his death in 2009, the Tennessee native created seductive, haute--Moroccan interiors for the likes of Yves Saint Laurent, J. Paul Getty, Jr., and Marie-Hélène de Rothschild. (Éditions Jardin Majorelle, $95) visits 13 of his headily decadent projects.
(teNeues, $95) offers a close look at the Swedish antiquarian’s fresh take on Gustavian style. From über-chic homes in Palm Beach, Florida, to an island residence in the Baltic Sea, Bolander introduces eclectic finds into rooms awash in neutral hues. For a New York City townhouse that once belonged to fashion designer Halston, he preserved the space’s original glamour while imbuing it with Scandinavian simplicity.