The Soul of a House

The Soul of a House

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Beginning with a sampling of historic spaces that have inspired Madden's work, from the early works of the legendary Billy Baldwin, Elsie de Wolfe, Nancy Lascaster, John Fowler, and Thomas Jefferson, through lessons gleaned in the great rooms of designer showcase houses (Mario Buatta, Mark Hampton, Albert Hadley), the book explores in depth her two homes: the 100- year-old carriage house just outside of New York City and the rural Vermont retreat. Each space--from the entry foyer, master bedroom and living room to the mud house and greenhouse--will be explored with lush photography and styling tips as she chronicles their transformation. The book is organized by type of space and chapters will include: Entries/Gateways/First impressions; Personal spaces (including yoga rooms, dressing rooms, the classic man's study); Rooms for repose/private spaces (master bedroom, bunk house, sleeping porch, bathrooms); Living spaces/public spaces/rooms for entertaining (including the dining, media, living room, kitchen); Utility rooms (mudroom, laundry room, greenhouse, pantry, closet, home office); Outdoor/indoor rooms (terrace, by the pool, firepit); Gardens and grounds. Advice will be offered on such topics as: Organization Details; Layering (seasonal decorating); Living with pets; Unusual finishes; Living in an old house; Living in a modern house; Using what you have/repurposing; Qualities of light; Caring for guests; collecting; and more.From best-selling author and design icon Chris Madden comes the first book on her design philosophy, and how to achieve her comfortable, chic style.

Title:The Soul of a House
Author:Chris Casson Madden, Sarah Elizabeth Palomba
Publisher:Rizzoli International Publications - 2010


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