Required Reading: Venice's Palazzos, Vignettes, Rajasthan And More...

From the colors and textures of India to the modern and serene interiors of Vicente Wolf, a list of exciting new book releases.

The Four Elements of Design: Interiors Inspired By Earth, Water, Air and Fire. Design guru Vicente Wolf guides us through his decorating approach informed by the natural elements. 

Inside Venice: A Private View of the City's Most Beautiful Interiors. The Old World grandeur of Venice's palazzos and private apartments are laid bare through lavish photography. Anyone interested in design and craft must get this book. 

Rajasthan. Palaces, colors, intricate patterns, history, culture - everything about this glorious place. 

It's The Little Things. Susanna Salk rounds up the world's top decorators and asks them to share their favorite vignettes and gives advice on how we can create layered settings ourselves. 

 

Introducing The Blue Carreon Home Mariposa

When I first introduced the Galapagos Ant to my collection, little did I know that it will be a such a success. To follow it up, I thought long and hard as to what to do next. I toyed around with many different ideas but in the end the butterfly trumped all of them. Inspiration for the butterfly objet, which I have lovingly called Mariposa, came varied sources — Damien Hirst's paintings, the Valentino collection embroidered and printed with butterflies, and Mother Nature's beauty. In creating the Mariposa, I decided to go with two version: one in all brass and the other features white shell on its wings. The former looks modern while the latter has the effect of jewelry.

I hope you like the Mariposa and it will be in stores and online in the next couple of weeks. And I cannot wait to share with you the rest of the pieces from the new Blue Carreon Home collection.

Required Reading

Just as I look forward to new fashions when September rolls around, I also get excited by new book releases. I collect a design books and here are four tomes I am most looking forward to:

Oscar de la Renta: His Legendary World of Style by Andre Leon Talley. I had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. de la Renta years ago, a kind, warm soul. It will be fascinating to read Andre's personal reflections on the life and legacy of this legendary designer.

Carolyn Roehm: At Home in the Garden. I've always said that Carolyn Roehm has the best life what with her enviable homes and gardens. I can't wait to take pointers on how she arranges flowers.

Diana Vreeland: The Modern Woman. Written by her grandson Alexander Vreeland, the book looks at the editrix's body work during her years at Harper's Bazaar, which to me were the golden age of fashion magazines. How do you compete with the trifecta composed of Vreeland, Carmel Snow and Richard Avedon?

Eddie Ross: Modern Mix. I follow Eddie Ross on Instagram and I am always inspired by his talent at mixing unexpected pieces together. This book will clue us in on his brand of style.