Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The New Decorating/Design Book, Part 2

Two weeks ago, I wrote about one of the decorating books I got for Christmas.  It's called "THE GREAT AMERICAN HOUSE, Tradition For The Way We Live Now," by Gil Schafer, III.


 It's the right size for a coffee-table book, and it's full of beautiful pictures of home interiors, exteriors, and even some landscaping.  In Part One of this post, I shared some photographs that I took of the houses pictured in this book.  Today I'm sharing some more of those pictures with you.

Again, I want to be sure and mention copyright credits.  **The following photos are taken from my copy of "THE GREAT AMERICAN HOUSE," Tradition For The Way We Live Now," by Gil Schafer, III.  ©2011 Gil Schafer III.  First published in the U.S. in 2012 by Rizzoli International Publications, Inc.**

I love to look at these kind of books because the pictures are full of details, and you can get so many decorating and design ideas from the pictures alone.  In addition, Mr. Schafer gives such useful information about designing your own house, as well as renovating an existing home.

This is such a nice sun room.  I particularly like the wall sconces and the lantern sconce on the table.

See what I mean about lots of details?  I love the one-legged table on the staircase landing and the hardware on the cabinets in the picture to the right.

Notice the staircase millwork in the top left picture, and the arched door to the right of it.  Again, lots of wonderful architectural details.

Here's a closeup of the detail on the stairs.

...Another classic and elegant dining room.

Aren't these beautiful dishes?!

I didn't show any bedrooms in the previous post; what do you think of this canopy with matching bed curtains?

Look at the detailed inlay on this bed and the gorgeous carpet.

The drapery cornice in this room is so elegant, and I love the built-ins facing the bed.

Some bathrooms...

This bathroom is so pretty -- love the clock on the wall and the antique chair.

Beautiful molding and mantel details.

I can't tell you how much I LOVE bookcases.  These are beautiful and notice the handsome ladder for reaching those top shelves.  This is an idea I would love to incorporate into a home (if we were building one, that is).  :)

I really like the way they've displayed this painting on a low easel close to the floor.  I've never seen that done before.  I also love all the blues in this room.

One of the chapters in this book is dedicated to the restoration and renovation of a historic home in Charleston, South Carolina.  We spent our honeymoon in this beautiful old city almost 26 years ago, and I really want to go back and visit again.  It truly is a unique city, and the architecture is wonderful.

Can you believe this newel post?!

This is some of the landscaping at the author's home in the Hudson Valley.

...The exterior of the author's house.

In another (shorter) post, I'll share with you a few of the author's philosophies on architecture and decorating.  I really like what he has to say on these subjects.

Thanks for your visit, and I hope you're having a great week!



  1. Oh I can see how you could spend some happy hours poring over that book and enjoying all that you see. Will you incorporate any of the ideas?

  2. I was just going to say that I could browse it for hours when I noticed that Vee said the same thing. I would have to pray before and after to ward off discontentment and envy. I have to be honest!

    I love the details on the stairs and that newel post. I do not like the one legged table. That's just odd...

  3. Hi Denise. Such a beautiful book. I love those kinds of books too and I have a library full of them. Wish you lived closer than I could share. Did you notice? I did my header. It came out so easy the way you told me to finish it. I'm so excited that I will want to change it every day..Let's see if anyone notices..Thanks again..Judy

  4. What beautiful photos you've shard from the book, Denise. You're acquiring quite a collection of wonderful books.

  5. I love looking at books or magazines with decorated homes. I always love to imagine how I would restore an older home or how I would choose to build a new one.



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