At Home With... Mona Bismarck

Mona Bismarck once earned the title Best Dressed Woman in the World, an honor that hasn't been bestowed on anyone else since. Such was her devotion to style and fashion that the legendary Diana Vreeland had said that Bismarck, upon hearing of the closure of Cristobal Balenziaga's atelier, did not leave her room for three days. In the photos in this post, you can see just how incredibly stylish Bismarck was.

The photographs were taken by Cecil Beaton who was as fascinated by fashion as he was by interiors. And you can see in these portraits just how Bismarck's home was decorated. Classic and very European - and I must say contemporary. For how many of us are replicating elements of these rooms today - be it the chinoiserie panels, the boiserie, the gilded consoles, the porcelain collections displayed on ornate brackets. There is so much love to love in these photographs - not just for the fashion but for the interior design as well. 

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At Home With... Pauline de Rothschild

Gucci's stores are all decorated with a chinoiserie wallpaper at the moment. A glorious mix of birds and flowers on a pastel background. The kind that you will find at Gracie or de Gournay and very reminiscent of the interior decor style of Pauline de Rothschild.

What interior design lover cannot reference the photograph of Pauline de Rothschild peeking through a jib door of her bedroom that is covered in a sea foam color chinoiserie wallpaper?

De Rothschild was so proficient in anything that had to do with design and was so singular in her style and flourishes that Vogue came up with the moniker - and column - Le Style Pauline

Through out her homes - Paris, Chateau de Mouton, London and New York, de Rothschild decorating style was a fabulous melange of neoclassic elements and chinoiserie with a dash a drama.

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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.