Monday, September 24, 2012

Addicted to Books!

If you are like me, I am addicted to books!  I love most any kind but of course my favorite kinds are the wonderful design books with fresh, glossy images to drool over.

I get my Amazon emails as frequently as the next person but does everyone get lost in all the info?   I love the feature that lets me see "inside" a book; I think that's really cool!  I recently got an email with a number of new Interior Design books and quickly put a few in my cart.  Here's one that I can't wait to feast my eyes on!

Amanda Nisbet has a new book out called Dazzling Design.  Fabulous!  Known for bold use of color and great attention to unexpected details, this book promises not to disappoint.

Amanda has been designing interiors since 1998.  She also designs fabrics for Holland and Sherry, lighting for Urban Electric and linen for Sferra.  

photo image- Jonny Valiant

Love the nightstand!!

Notice the touch of acrylic?

Daring deep blue.


I'm really looking forward to getting this book and being inspired!

order it here

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012


Brian Coleman has been working for the last year and a half along with Erik Kvalsvik, his amazing photographer, on yet another stunning book! 
Erik Kvalsvik and Brian Coleman
picture Fortuny blog
This time he has documented beautiful interiors created by designers around the world using Fortuny fabrics. He also shares with his readers the legacy of Mariano Fortuny and brings us up to date with the current owners Mickey and Maury Riad.
Mariano Fortuny at work in his Palazzo 
picture Fortuny website

In 1922, the Fortuny factory opened its doors on a small island, Giudecca, in what had once been a convent.  Mariano Fortuny resided in the Palazzo Pesaro degli Orfei, a palace built by the Pesaro family at the end of the 15th Century, and that is where he would study and conduct his experiments.  Today the Palazzo serves as a museum and many of the original fabrics, inventions, works of art and collections are open to the public to enjoy in the magnificent setting in which they were created.
The Riad brothers have taken over the management of the house of Fortuny since 1998 (you will have to visit the Fortuny website to read the amazing history!).   Carrying on the legacy Mariano Fortuny began, the fabric is still being produced in the same factory, on the same machines, using the same secret process and techniques handed down from generation to generation. The showrooms in Venice and New York have recently been expanded and renovated.  The New York showroom in the D & D Building has been renovated by Barry Dixon. 
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And just a few of the many, many full page pictures from the book....
 picture Erik Kvalsvik
 picture Erik Kvalsvik

Mariano Fortuny’s original powdered dyes at the factory in Venice.
picture Erik Kvalsvik  

Fabrics for inspiration....
Carnevalet Purple

Richelieu Purple
Persepolis Green
Murillo Green
Melagrana Marmalade and Silver
Absolutely inspiring day! 
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