Thursday, June 28, 2007

styling by the book

we should know better, but you gotta admit sometimes, a cover says it all.... the ever stylish, stylecourt recently posted on books often seen on the scene. that is, books often spied in 'shelter' rags. this one grabbed my attention. because, who doesn't like a little zebra? and what a great way to infuse it. the one she found was on parishotelboutique.com which is a really great little site but this is a first addition and so goes for $85.00. (a little steep in my book) but if you go to alibiris.com (like i did) you can find one for $18.00 there are a few other books oft used by designers such as miles redd as finishing props. here are 3 that he likes to pile on a coffee table for their content but mostly for the vignette they create. this: an omnibus of several decades of the fashion and travel magazine 'flair' this hot pink book, aptly named, 'shocking life' by elsa schiaparelli and...... our lord and savior...david hicks and then of course, albert hadley (who apparently doesn't like to have any fun) had to get all sancitmonious and designery on us and added his 2 cents on this whole trend. "I hope people have more respect for books" then he warms up. "of course, if you have a pile of them," he says, 'you do put the best looking one on the top" thanks 'dad'---way to make us all feel like total insipid poseurs trying too hard. i should add, the hadley quote is from an old 'house beautiful'

9 comments:

Cote de Texas said...

Where did you get that Hadley quote? I'd love to read the entire thing. Is it from his book? If so, which chapter? Great post - love your blog.

Cote de Texas

style court said...

I'm so glad you now have the old version of "I Married Adventure," with the great zebra cover! I need to update my post with your savvy, better priced editions. Thanks for sharing the source.

beachbungalow8 said...

oh god. isn't that funny? he totally sounds like a stick in the mud (which i'm sure he is NOT!) i came across it in a really old house beautiful last night.
i think he is pretty sanctimonious about design, but i love his use of color and his general flair. and heck, he's one of the relics of that design era.

beachbungalow8 said...

i'm so glad you turned me on that book, court! i so love it! i'm just always trying to hunt things down for less. yours has a different font i noticed.

robyn said...

Great post, I'll have to check out alibiris. I love books.

frances said...

'i married adventure' has the added bonus of being a really good read!

frances said...

it is a bonus that 'i married adventure' is a good read!

katiedid said...

Way to go BB8! I am of to alibiris to do a bit of shopping.

becky said...

Don't forget the Bill Blass book and the 20 pound black and white Tom Ford tome :)

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