Thursday, January 27, 2011

Required Reading: The Finest Rooms in America

I happened to come across this wonderful book by way of 1stdibs. In it, author and interior designer, Thomas Jayne celebrates 50 exceptional interiors in "The Finest Rooms in America (The Monacelli Press, $50). The diverse mix includes the marble-paneled dressing room at Vizcaya, Mark Twain’s ornate Victorian library, the Chinese parlor at Winterthur, and Rose Tarlow’s tailored living room.

Here is a peak at some of the fabulous rooms.

Outdoor room in the Frances Brody House, Los Angeles. Decorated by Billy Haines.

Dining Room, Oceanfront House, Palm Beach, Florida. Thad Hayes, designer.

The dining room in Robert Couturier's South Kent, Connecticut, house. I was just amazed as to how much the mirror over the mantle resembles one of my very favorite mirrors in my antique collection (presently in my showroom in New York). Take a look.

Tea Room, Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia.

Bunny Williams and John Rosselli's Great Room, Falls Village, Connecticut. Bunny Williams, decorator.

Chinese Breakfast room at The Elms, in Newport, Rhode Island.

Tribeca loft, New York City. David Kleinberg, decorator.

Dressing room, Vizcaya Villa, Miami, Florida. Paul Chalfin, designer.

All images from The Finest Rooms in America: 50 Influential Interiors from the 18th Century to the Present by Thomas Jayne (The Monacelli Press, 2010)


  1. Kari! Buenísimo el libro! Me enamoré del comedor de Thad Hayes! Cómo va la super apertura en la gran manzana? Te deseo todo el éxito del mundo!!! Un gran besote desde la tierra azteca!!! XoXo

  2. Dear Karina ..... I saw this book on another blog and I have to get it as it looks so beautiful! Will email tonight!
    love Fran

  3. Querida Macarena, recien regrese de Nueva York. Fue un dia reocupado ya que queria arreglar todo y volver a mi casa y hijos. Me parece que me agarre una gripe o algo en el avion. Pero todo quedo hermoso alla y espero que vaya bien. Un beso a vos tambien!! Karina

    Dear Fran, it is a fabulous book as is At Home: A style for today with things from the past. I am reading that as well and will do a post on it in the next few days. Talk to you soon, I hope!!! Karina

  4. Hi Karina! Looks like a great new book with lots of eye candy, I'll definitely check that out.
    Just wanted to let you know that I blogged about Sandy's shots of your shop. Stop by if you get a chance!

  5. Looks like a wonderful book! There are so many beautiful design books on my list of things to buy...I have such a hard time deciding which to start with! I love that gorgeous pale dining calming! And that rustic Bunny Williams interior is fantastic too!

    Hope Ava

  6. Hi, Claudia, I'm hopping over to your blog right now!

    Hope Ava, I love your new avatar! How's your new house coming along?


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