Rooms: Creating Luxurious, Livable Spaces (Design)

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For award-winning interior designer Mariette Himes Gomez, every project is a voyage of self-discovery

Refined simplicity, thoughtful attention to detail, and a clear architectural design -- these are the hallmarks of Mariette's style. Filled with breathtaking photography, Rooms is a guided tour of the designs that have made Mariette one of the most respected and sought-after tastemasters in the country. Peek behind the scenes as she divulges the secrets of the trade that will help you transform your own home from the everyday to the extraordinary.

Designing a room involves balancing the ideal and the real, discovering a happy medium between what you imagine and what exists. From evaluating the core architectural structure -- or "shell" -- of a room, to selecting colors and arranging furniture, to picking out and placing the final artistic touches, Mariette shares all of the techniques and information you'll need to create Rooms of elegance and distinction.

What colors and patterns will work with a room's architecture? How can you visually turn two Rooms into one -- and vice versa? How is art different from décor? How big a sofa will a room tolerate? Mariette answers these questions and more with sage advice and an easy-to-follow, step-by-step approach. She shares the experience of renovating her own homes -- one, a house in the country, the other, an apartment in the city -- and the many homes around the country that bear her unique signature.

Whether you are decorating a loft apartment, summer cottage, or home in the suburbs, Rooms will help you strike the balance between beautiful and practical, lavish and livable.

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Interior designer Mariette Himes Gomez has been at the forefront of her profession for more than twenty-five years. In 1975, she opened her own Manhattan firm, Gomez Associates, which is known for very livable rooms with clean lines and clear architectural definition. She was named one of the House Beautiful Giants of Design in 2004 and honored as a Dean of American Design by Architectural Digest in 2005. Gomez's work has been published in Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, the New York Times, and Town & Country. Her line of furniture, the Mariette Himes Gomez Collection for the Hickory Chair Company, is available in stores throughout the country and in her own store, The Shop, in New York City. The author of the bestselling Rooms and Houses, she lives in New York City and on Long Island, New York.

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The simple title of this volume matches the serene appeal of most of the rooms described and pictured in its pages. It belies, however, their sophistication, and the complexities involved in designing them. Gomez, named one of Architectural Digest's Top 100 Decorators Worldwide, offers readers her take on the necessary steps to creating beautiful rooms in her distinctively elegant yet soothing style. She begins by explaining how she applied her design principles in her own homes. Then, using rooms she has designed as examples, she illustrates the design process in chapters that proceed from "Getting Started" to "Finishing Touches." The book boasts more than 200 enticing color photos. It's not quick or easy-one must, she says, consider countless details and be patient-but "a tastefully decorated, gracefully comfortable home is accessible to anyone with the will to edit, the energy to move furniture around, and the openness to absorb some simple lessons." Those lessons are outlined in this book, and include everything from tips on choosing rugs and selecting color palettes to hanging artwork, balancing patterns, and much more. The rooms pictured-all obviously found in opulent homes-might intimidate some readers, and the time necessary to achieve her exact look might prompt some readers to hire their own designer, but her general principles and ideas can inspire anyone to make a home lovely.
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