So many new books!   Some GREAT design books have been on Pre-Order forever and finally, they have arrived!  They’re HERE!!   The one I was so excited for came yesterday:



I’ve loved Amelia for years and years. 


What’s amazing is that before today – when I looked for this, I had no idea what she even looked like.  She’s that much under the radar.  The design is not about her, her brand, her friends, her luxe lifestyle.  Instead, it’s jsut about her aesthetic – which has been a constant for all these years.  And she looks nothing like I had imagined her to. 

Like I’ve said a million times, design with classic antiques and your interiors will not go out of style.   Never is this more obvious than when looking through her book.  Some of the houses are well known, old friends that we’ve seen before.  But, they look as current today as they were ten years ago and that is saying a lot for Amelia’s talent.

She’s a warm girl – her favorite tones are oranges and shades of it from light to dark.  This color tone runs throughout the book almost in every house, but not quite. Still, she’s not an icy blue kind of girl.  When you look at her, it makes sense – she would look best in a warm room, surrounded by persimmon and apricot – and lots of other fruits!!!  

This is a book to keep for years and years and to look at again and again for inspiration of how to create a quiet, classic, and timeless room – one filled with beauty and quality, to be sure.  It’s a keeper.


This is one of my favorite houses that Handegan has designed.  It was featured a few years ago in Architectural Digest, and it is in her new book.  It’s on a barrier island just 12 miles from Charleston called The Edge of America, and the house is actually owned by Handegan and her partner.  I just LOVE this room!!  Contemporary white sofas with rustic tables and oversized mirrors and dhurris with wicker.  FABULOUS!!


The house is old with a new addition.  The walls here are shiplap.  I love how she used contemporary accent chairs mixed with antiques.  And in 10 years, this will be just as stylish as it is today.


The kitchen is a mix of new and old – I love the rugs she used throughout the house.


The breakfast room is perfect for a beach – something Handegan said she didn’t want to ever forget - that this is after all a beach house.


My favorite photograph from this house showing the guest bedroom with Indian styled bedspreads and fabulous canopies!!!   The striped rug in black and white is wonderful.  The two light fixtures in blue are perfect for this beach house guest room.  I LOVE this!!!!   


Across from the bed is a blue dresser and a contemporary portrait that is just fun.


This guest room is more classic Handegan in her warm taupes and oranges. The Suzani bedspread becomes a wallhanging.

I’m loving the book – and if you are a fan, you will too.

To order the book, click on the picture below.

The next book that is now out is Mark Sikes’ - the hottest social media darling decorator in years.  His book is probably the most anticipated one this year, after Patina Farm, which is just as pretty.


If you are the only human on earth who didn’t order Patina Farm, click on the picture above.  Go ahead – it’s worth it, I promise.

OK, back to Mark Sikes book - it is just as great.  Wow.  One fabulous picture after another.  And, Amazon didn’t go through the book and put a million pictures of it online for free.  Good for them!  Finally!! 


So, I don’t have any great pictures from the book to share – but OMG!!!  It’s to die for!!!    Mark’s decorating is accessible and warm and comfy and yes classic too.  A bright star that is going to shine for a long time.  Get this one!  For sure!  A must have!!!

Click on the picture to order.


Next is Wanderlust – Michelle Nussbaumer’s book, just released. 

Y’all, these books are fabulous!!!  All of them.   I promise.

I’ve been wanting one from Michelle Nussbaumer – Texas’ answer to Windsor Smith and Mary McDonald wrapped into one  – forever and ever. 

There is Michelle’s house in Dallas that over the years has changed while she has added layer upon layer to it.  And there are a lot of her designs for clients included.


And then, there is her Switzerland chalet that I’ve been dying to see!!  It’s here.  If you are a fan of Nussbaumer’s – you will LOVE this!!!!


Order by clicking on the photo above.


This next book is pre-order – but I’ve gotten a copy and have been reading it.  It’s like a text book on design today, filled with essays written by the top designers in the country.  Edited by Carl Dellatore, there are 100 essays.    Here are a few:  Bunny Williams on "Comfort," Victoria Hagan on "Light," Rose Tarlow on "Books," Jeffrey Bilhuber on "America,"  Charlotte Moss on "Couture,"  Kelly Wearstler on "Glamour" and Thomas O’Brien on "Vintage Modern" to name a few!!!   Besides the essays, we get tons of pictures from the designers. 

This will make a good reference book for anyone who is interested in design.   Click on the photo to pre-order:

And then there is Bunny Williams and Gil Shafer’s new book – A House By The Sea.  It’s like An Affair With A House, but this time it is about Bunny and John Rosselli’s beach house.  Of course, it’s fabulous and it’s Bunny.  Of course – you want it!!



Befores and Afters

The double living room.  Love!!


La Colina.

Order by clicking on the photo.


So many fabulous books this week.  Unreal!!!

And finally, there is this one which is near and dear to my heart since I wrote the Forward!!  And the Essay on Slipcovers.  The third Segretto book by Leslie Sinclair.  A lot of you have ordered it and thank you all so much!!!!   It’s so gorgeous!!!   If you haven’t ordered it, but want to – just click on the photo below.   


Leslie is touring around signing books – and she’ll be in Round Top next week – here’s her schedule:

Whew!!!   Happy Reading!!!


  1. She is my favorite designer and has been for at least 20 plus years. Hers was one of the first rooms that made me look to see who the designer was... I love her, my book is not here yet, but I am excited to know that they are being mailed ! Hope mine gets her today!!!!!
    Vicky Darnell

  2. Just realized I did not even say who it was I was talking about... Amelia of course ! It's early, I need coffee.

  3. I wasn't familiar with Amelia Handegan. Thank you for the introduction! These look like great references and taste touchstones.

  4. Anxiously awaiting my Mark Sikes book! Supposed to be here by Monday…Can't wait. Thank you for introducing me to Amelia, I just may have to order this one as well! Oh, and maybe Bunny's…. oh and maybe Nussbaumer…oh dear….

  5. Joni, thank you so much for sharing these books with us. I just received my copy of Segreto Vingnettes and love it. Your Forward was so nice and complimentary of Leslie. Many years ago you pinned a kitcken from Leslie's first book. I loved the kitchen so much I ended up on your blog and have been a regular follower since. You have truly helped me in my own home and we are so pleased with the way it has turned out with inspiration and sage advice from you. I plan on ordering several of these recommended books. Thank you again.

  6. Thank you Joni for including Patina Farm in your post. Steve and I are honored to have it included with these beautiful books.


    1. I love what Joni said; "if you are the only person on earth who hasn't ordered Patina Farm"; which is correct. I am shocked that every single person in our business has not ordered and read your beautiful book. It is a timeless classic!

  7. I received my copy of Bunny Williams' book last week. It's gorgeous! I obviously need to order Mark Sikes' and Michelle Nussbaumer’s books too. Ahhhhh, I love this time of year!

  8. I love your recommendations! Thank you! Thank you!

  9. hahha you make me laugh out loud, Joni. "if you are the only person on earth who didn't get this book..." so true! That is one wonderful book to follow up their first awesome book. And Leslies book is terrific. I am going to get Marks new book on your recommendation. It looks beautiful and I love great decorating books.

  10. It certainly is an EXPENSIVE TIME OF YEAR"!!!

  11. The books look really nice! The designs that you have shared here are definitely stunning! Thanks for sharing!