Katie Ridder Rooms
by Heather Smith MacIsaac and Eric Piasecki

Overview - Katie Ridder's extraordinary palette, her playful mix of antiques and modern pieces, and her eye for unusual decorative accents have established her as a leading figure in the world of interior design. Clients from Buenos Aires to San Francisco to Nantucket have commissioned Ridder to design their lofts, pavilions, summer houses, and luxury apartments.  Read more...

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Katie Ridder's extraordinary palette, her playful mix of antiques and modern pieces, and her eye for unusual decorative accents have established her as a leading figure in the world of interior design. Clients from Buenos Aires to San Francisco to Nantucket have commissioned Ridder to design their lofts, pavilions, summer houses, and luxury apartments. Now everyone can derive design inspiration from her unique approach--whether it's something as charmingly simple as a coral finial atop a table lamp or as dramatically daring as intense blue walls stenciled in an oversize paisley motif--on every page of this idea-saturated book.

Praise for Katie Ridder Rooms
"Katie Ridder's interiors are simply sublime--confident, artful, and elegant. This marvelous book reflects her impeccable taste and fearless sense of style; it brims with lush, inspiring photos and useful tips."
--Margaret Russell, Editor in Chief, Architectural Digest

"Katie Ridder's imagination has always astonished me. Her work is rich in color and has an incomparable sense of scale. Katie Ridder Rooms is a trove of imaginative ideas." --Mario Buatta

"There's always a delightful and inspiring surprise in a Katie Ridder Room. From delicate coral finials to brazen upholstery, Ridder exemplifies good and innovative design." --Traditional Home

"A new book, Katie Ridder Rooms, written by Heather Smith MacIsaac and photographed by Eric Piasecki, is an intimate look at Ridder's glamourous and colorful designs. Organized by room, Katie Ridder Rooms is full of beauty, but also practical ideas that can be applied to any style." --Houzz.com

"With 240 color illustrations, this collection of rooms from leading interior designer Katie Ridder provides ample inspiration, whether you're a decorating aficionado or someone who just wants a fresh look for your living room." -Charlotte Observer

"Katie Ridder Rooms is 235 pages of luscious interiors in rich, full-color photos with lots of narrative, complete with a source guide. One of the neat things in this book is a short segment near the end focusing on details--comparing wallpaper patterns, lampshades and upholstery styles. The book is meant to help the reader with ideas & it succeeds with every page." -Made By Girl blog

"One of my very favorite books this season is the bright and beautiful book showcasing the wealth of talent that is Katie Ridder. Author Heather Smith MacIsaac takes us into Katie Ridder Rooms showing off Katie's creativity and daring use of color with abandon." -- Katie D-I-D Blog

"To be honest, I had never heard of Ridder before I picked up this book, but now that I've seen so many stunning examples of her interior designs, I feel a little obsessed with her. . . . A great book for anyone who loves to dream about beautiful interior spaces." --Fort Worth Star Telegram

"Gorgeous photos throughout show a range of designs. . . .You will be hard-pressed not to come away with some ideas for any room in your house after seeing Ridder's world. The book's layout, with large photos and straightforward advice, hints of Ridder's background in the magazine world--House Beautiful and House & Garden--where beauty is often paired with instruction. That approach here makes for more than just a good-looking tome." -- Portland Oregonian

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  • ISBN-13: 9780865652729
  • ISBN-10: 0865652724
  • Publisher: Vendome Press
  • Publish Date: November 2011
  • Page Count: 240
  • Reading Level: Ages 0-22
  • Dimensions: 12.2 x 10.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds

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Delight, whimsy and function in decor

You don’t have to go to art school or commission a designer to have a beautiful home—but a tasteful design book will provide you with plenty of inspiration. In these four books, you’ll learn to mix high and low interiors and incorporate plenty of bright color. Filled with gorgeous photographs, design books make lovely gifts for a loved one or yourself, and will be at home on any coffee table for years to come.

Katie Ridder founded her design firm in 1995 and has since become known for her bright color palette and international influence. Take one look at the mesmerizing pictures in Katie Ridder Rooms, and you’ll soon see why: These interiors are truly works of art, at once sunny and bright, extravagant and balanced. In her introduction, author Heather Smith MacIsaac explains what makes Ridder’s rooms special: “No matter how lavish a project, no matter its style and degree of sophistication, it remains accessible, family friendly, absolutely inviting, and subtly practical.” Though not everyone can spring for custom wallpaper or a custom sofa to fit the shape of a space, we can all project relaxed hospitality in clutter-free rooms. There are many tips here that will be of use to any DIY home decorator, like lining the backs of bookcases with beautiful paper, or painting a dining room in a dramatic color to transform it “from the runt of the litter into best in show.” (MacIsaac rightly notes that dining rooms are typically only used and “dressed up” for special occasions.) After reading this book, you’ll be itching to add drama and flair to your house with sari-like curtains or Chinese lanterns, an upholstered headboard in the bedroom and bold wallpaper in the bathroom—anything that ups the wow factor and, as Ridder says, the “delight factor.”

Even if you live above the Mason-Dixon Line, like your tea unsweet and would never say “y’all,” you can still find plenty of inspiration in Southern Living Style. The Southerners among us—bless their hearts—will joyfully take pride in their region’s many fabulous interiors. This inviting guide is divided by room, with additional sections on “Defining Southern Style” and before-and-afters. So what is Southern style? It can be modern or traditional, but a proper Southern-inspired room should include some sort of ancestral influence—whether a portrait of Grandmother, a chest passed down for generations or cherished monogrammed family linens. A Southern home will also invite entertaining, comfortably mix functionality with formality and not shy away from color. Alongside pretty pictures of rooms, in this book you’ll find tips from decorators on getting the looks for yourself, with advice for both major re-dos and budget-friendly updates. One of the handiest features is the “pulling it all together” pages, which explain how to assemble the players in each room, from the most essential furniture pieces to fun accessories that make the space your own.

Bryan Batt may be best known for his role as art director Sal Romano on AMC’s hit show “Mad Men,” but Big, Easy Style joyfully celebrates his passion for design and decor. Batt was born and raised in New Orleans, and his philosophy in both life and design is laissez les bons temps rouler—“let the good times roll.” Readers are encouraged to embrace color, follow their hearts when making design choices and not be afraid of making mistakes. Based on the photographs of Batt’s Crescent City carriage house, it is clear that he has plenty of fun with his own design choices, like hanging huge papier-mâché flowers on the wall in homage to Mardi Gras floats. A helpful feature of Big, Easy Style is Batt’s list of favorite colors; with names like Petticoat White, Chocolate Mousse and Blue Hydrangea, you’ll be eager to start picking out paint chips. Fans of “Mad Men” will appreciate the glimpses into Batt’s childhood and personal life—his family owned the beloved Pontchartrain Beach Amusement Park—and anyone with a space to decorate will be energized by his helpful, happy advice, like to work toward synergy between “a home’s great style and its owner’s personal flair.” They’ll also want to make a jaunt to New Orleans, where Batt and his partner, Tom Cianfichi, have owned a home accessories boutique, Hazelnut, since 2003.

Since everyone at BookPage is a booklover, most of us have the same problem: where to stash all the evidence of our addiction. Damian Thompson turns book accumulation into an art form in Books Make a Home, a dream of a guide for any devoted reader. Learn how to store your books more effectively (so you’ll have room to buy more!); how to arrange your books in artful displays; how to organize your collection; and even how to care for your books. (Rule number one: Do not allow them to lean!) Are you cohabitating for the first time and need a solution for combining two libraries? Having guests come to stay and want advice on how to thoughtfully provide reading material? You’ll find plenty of ideas here. Not surprisingly, the stars of the stunning photographs in Books Make a Home are books—stored in sleek kitchens, cozy bedrooms, corridors, office nooks, living rooms and even “loos” (Thompson lives in East London). In a chapter about arranging books in children’s rooms, the author quotes education reformer Horace Mann, writing: “A house without books is like a room without windows.” Any bibliophile would surely agree, and Thompson’s book provides show-stopping ideas for what to do with your beloved tomes.

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