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It’s time again for our latest roundup of new books that celebrate good design and ways for us to live well in our homes. You’ll come away from these books with new ideas and inspirations. —The editors of MILIEU


Enduring Southern Homes (Gibbs Smith)

by Eric Ross

Eric Ross isn’t reticent about sharing his secrets for decorating success. The Nashville-based interior designer is known for his ability to embrace and apply design ideals from long ago—but doing so with the hues, textures, and sensibilities of today. While this book focuses on his extensive residential work in the American South, what he reveals in these pages are lessons and methods equally applicable to your home, wherever you live. That’s the secret of any great designer.


The Art of Place: Architecture and Interiors (Rizzoli)

by Lee Ledbetter, edited by Mayer Rus, Foreword by John H. Stubbs

It’s long been one of the topics of interior design—whether the discipline is an art form or a craft. Fortunately, that debate is answered here. FYI: Interior design is decidedly an art form, especially when practiced by Lee Ledbetter, who has been based in New Orleans since 1996. This volume reveals his uncanny ability to create interiors that speak to his Southern heritage, while addressing whatever the locale of the particular project. Every room he creates is a careful composition—something not out of a museum, but of a home.


Magical Rooms: Elements of Interior Design (Rizzoli)

by Fawn Galli and Molly FitzSimons

Fawn Galli lives and works by a philosophy she has coined: “A room should awaken the senses.” She adheres to her proclamation in every project she designs. But that doesn’t mean that her interiors are outrageous; rather, they are livable, beautiful, memorable, inspiring. This book highlights twelve of her completed interiors, many of them in Brooklyn (where she lives and works) and elsewhere throughout New York City. Each of her projects incorporates five key dynamics: Nature, Clashing, Surrealism, Bohemian, Sparkle. Such ideals may not yet be on your design menu, but they will likely be after you see her work.


Everyday Decorating (Rizzoli)

by Jeffrey Bilhuber and Jacqueline Terrebonne

Though few of us may admit it, many of the design ideas we have for our own homes originate with images we see on Instagram or Pinterest or, better yet, in the pages of our very own magazine, Milieu. Jeffrey Bilhuber may be one of America’s most important interior designers, but he, too, admits to finding ideas on line and in print. In his new book, he provides readers with hands-on, practical advice about how to make your home into the home you want. He wants you—as indicated by his chapters—to be happy, charmed, and cozy at home. He shows us how.

Farrow and Ball: Recipes for Decorating (Rizzoli)

by Joa Studholme and Charlotte Crosby, Photographed by James Merrell

Décor is not just about your furnishings and accessories. Without the right colors or patterns on your walls, no interior is really complete. Farrow & Ball, one of the world’s leading makers of paints and wall coverings, provides fifteen inspiring examples of homes that prove just how important hue and texture can be. By the end of this book, you’ll know exactly the look you want and the way to achieve it. Call it a recipe for domestic success.


Distinctly Modern Interiors (Rizzoli)

by Emily Summers

Modern is a style, but not a formula. The much-celebrated interior designer, Emily Summers, sets out in her new book to show that modernism and minimalism are highly flexible aesthetics, styles where your personal preferences can—and should—prevail. This is big news in design. She includes notable examples of her own work, citing, for instance, a 1940s ranch house to her classic 1960s Palm Springs home. The very definition of modernism has changed.


Elements of Family Style: Elegant Spaces for Everyday Life (Atria)

by Erin Gates

Life at home can be fun, rewarding, and intimate. But it can also often be chaotic. Erin Gates has long written a popular blog that shows her many readers how to create chic interiors at home, even amid children, pets, and other (wonderful) distractions of domestic life. Gates provides lessons here about how to make interiors that are stylish, while also being practical and functional.