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"The art of living graciously"--Dust jacket.
In her first book, the South's most inviting designer explores her principles for creating a beautiful home rich with comfort and warmth. Barbara Westbrook has been designing classically inspired homes full of Southern charm and a European touch for more than twenty years. A native of Virginia, Westbrook grew up accompanying her mother to antique shops and was introduced by her to Virginia's rich architectural legacy. With a design vocabulary that ranges from casual American to formal English to French modern, Westbrook's homes share a welcoming elegance, whether it is a country cottage or a penthouse apartment. In Gracious Rooms, she sets out her principles for creating a house rich with both polish and patina. Walking the reader through a dozen stunning homes--light-filled lake retreats, contemporary houses, and historic mansions--Westbrook shares her accessible, appealing ideas. From the judicious use of symmetry to the importance of including natural elements in a room, utilizing colour to unify spaces within a house, and setting a mood with materials, Gracious Rooms is rich with advice and inspiration.
Award-winning architect Ken Tate is widely recognized for his intuitive approach to traditional architecture. His houses come from a place of soul, as well as a deep understanding of human nature and the history of architecture. In this book, nine dwelli
Known for creating homes with a feeling of history, the traditional architect illustrates how he blends classical architecture, interior decoration, and landscape when renovating historic homes and building new "old" houses.
A photo book of home interiors and exteriors features country houses, mountain retreats, and coastal cottages located in and around the American South.
Mrs. Howard, Room by Room is the follow-up to Phoebe Howard's critically acclaimed Joy of Decorating and takes readers even deeper into the design process, revealing the seemingly small but essential tips and tricks that will help them imbue their own homes with Mrs. Howard's celebrated Southern style and taste. The book is divided by room, with chapters addressing living rooms and libraries, bathrooms and kitchens, bedrooms, children's rooms, and even outdoor spaces. Images of the most gorgeous examples of rooms are chosen from more than 12 spectacular homes in locations as diverse as New York City, Nashville, and Atlanta. Mrs. Howard, Room byRoom is sure to capture the hearts of her many fans and will inspire new readers with Southern charm and design ideas.

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