COTE DE TEXAS: Good Reads

Good Reads

 

There is a new crop of design books just out this month – here are three of my favorites:

 

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The first book is a tribute to the much beloved, late Charles Faudree – interior designer from Oklahoma.  The book was written by his close friend and photographer Jenifer Jordan.   Jordan shot five of Faudree’s design books and a number of his magazine pictorials  - starting with a Christmas story in Traditional Home.  This book is a tribute to Faudree’s memory – Jordan writes lovingly of her friend, telling us of his keen sense of humor, his love of people and his devotion to his craft.

 

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The book is filled with quotes from his large circle of friends and peers, which makes it a great read.

 

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The photographs are by Jordan and the book is filled with her beautiful images of his work from the very beginning up to his newest projects.

 

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Charles Faudree helped to introduce the world to Country French design.  His early pictorials with Traditional Home were gorgeous and captured the attention of design devotees everywhere.  He revived the style and is considered the guru of Country French.   His own houses – he moved, often - were examples of some of his best work. 

A kind, sweet man – we lost a great talent.

To order,  you can click below for Amazon – books will be shipped starting this Monday:

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You can directly order an autographed copy from the author, Jenifer Jordan,   at:

Jeniferjordan@aol.com

 

 

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Next – interior designer Windsor Smith has written her first design book, along with a forward by Gwyneth Paltrow.  Gwyneth actually bought the beautiful house that Windsor designed for Veranda.

 

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The book is a compilation of Windsor’s work through the years.

 

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The photographs are beautiful and the book is filled with tips from Windsor.  I love her style – here, around the large antique table,  she mixes leather chairs, slipped covered chairs and a wonderful gilt bench.   The dark blue cabinets - to die for – are paired with white marble and silver finishes.

In the end – this kitchen is neither trendy, nor dated.  It is completely original – just like all her interiors shown in this book.

 

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And the Veranda house that Paltrow bought – with its rich herringbone floors.  I adore the huge center table with the double zebra underneath.

                         To order, click below:                           

 

 

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And finally, there is Rachel Ashwell’s latest,   The World of Shabby Chic.

 

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At first glance, this books looks like another Shabby Chic book with dreamy photographs and Rachel’s familiar aesthetic of pink and green and blue and white slipcovers.

 

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Instead, the book is a memoir by Rachel that tells the story of how it all began – from her childhood in England to her life in Los Angeles where she developed the world recognized brand – Shabby Chic.

 

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And, she tells the story of how she almost lost it all,  from her divorce to her company’s bankruptcy, and all the warts in between. 

Rachel has always skirted around the particulars, keeping her life as private as she could.  But here, she rips open the shades and lets us all in.

It’s a fascinating tale, made all the more fascinating because it’s true.

If you’ve ever wanted to know “more” – this is your chance.  Take it!

To order, click below:

22 comments :

  1. Just love Charles Faudree will add this one to my collection. That kitchen of Windsor Smith slay's me. I adore it have since the first time I laid eyes on it. I am sure Rachel's new book is a page turner. I think she really gave slipcovers a shot in the arm. Cannot imagine living without them but was not really conscious of them before her shabby chic decor. Lastly I just got around to reading the previous post on the River Oaks home this morning. When I went to HAR I noticed Carol Glasser's home is on the market as well. It is lovely, but still I will never understand why she left "the one perfect house". I loved everything about it. I cannot tell you how many times I have retread that post. Have a great week Joni.

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  3. Where's my lounge chair....wonderful summer reading... franki

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  4. Joni, you must update this post.

    Last pic, Windsor Smith, thru the enfilade, a horse is walking thru the front hall?

    Explain. Please.

    Garden & Be Well, XO T

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    1. What keen vision you have Tara. I totally missed the horse.

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    2. ok - that was from veranda - when she did that house - there are stables on the property - and the had horses in the shoot. i know. i should have said that!

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  5. I love, love the old pictures! Just darling!

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  6. Thank you for the recommendations! As an aside, we just painted our kitchen cabinets a black/navy and LOVE them! LOVE THEM! After coming from a beachy/frenchie home before, I am trying to be more bold this go around ... good to see the dark cabinets being used by a pro!

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  7. Thank you for this look at so many beautiful books -- all to be added to my library! I agree with you: Windsor Smith's Veranda house is lovely! I guess Gwyneth loved it, tool!! xo Leslie

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  8. Have you had a chance to look through Barbara Westbrook's new book? It looks like a good one! -- Anne

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  9. I LOVE that Windsor Smith book. Fabulous style and originality.

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  10. Thank you! I can't wait to see the new Faudree book. I had not heard of it before now.

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  11. love these books + espically rachel's xx peggybraswelldesign.com

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  12. I purchased the Faudree book last week and love it. Whatever wing of heaven Charles is decorating is where I want to go when it is time. Thanks for recommending this book, Joni. A wonderful tribute to an amazing talented man. I'm looking forward to ordering the others, also.
    Lauren

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  13. I have Windsor's new book and devoured every, single page…it's fabulous! Faudree is a favorite so must add that one to my list…

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  14. Joni I cannot wait to get Windsor's book as I adore her style and aesthetic!! Thank for sharing!

    Have a wonderful weekend!
    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena
    Featuring Cy Twombly

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  15. Great recommendations!! More books I can't live without!!!

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  16. I've always liked deep painted cabinets, deep navy, black, with a white marble top - this is a dream kitchen for me. And, I'm a sucker (still) for Rachel Ashwell. There is just something about her books, especially the recent ones, that I find so interesting, feminine, comfortable, and I love the way she throws in the most shabby, tattered things, and rather odd things - I like that.

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  17. Love Charles Faudree.... Windsor Smith is to white what Buatta is to Chintz. Love her work.

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