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Plans & Designs


Palm Beach Splendor
Joyce C. Wilson
Rizzoli; October 2005

In the tradition of Addison Mizner, Maurice Fatio, John Volk, and Howard Major the early architects of Palm Beach's great estates and public buildings of the Gilded Age, the architecture of Jeffery W. Smith stands resplendent as a testament to the refined elegance of another time, and is as well a promise of the grandeur that the future holds. Hailed by Town & Country as "the most adept young historicist working in Palm Beach today," preeminent Palm Beach architect Jeffery Smith is a paragon of exquisite design sense, as is clearly evident in the houses featured here. Smith's work is a continuation of the classical Mediterranean style characteristic of the town that has come to be known as the "American Riviera" is showcased in Palm Beach Splendor in seventeen of his most recent projects, in magnificent full-colour photographs featuring interiors by such well-known designers as Peter Marino and David Easton.

Elements of Style
Michael S. Smith
Rizzoli; November 2005

Acclaimed designer Michael Smith has earned a reputation as the thinking celebrity's decorator, with a client list that includes Cindy Crawford, Kate Capshaw, Steven Spielberg, Dustin Hoffman, and Michelle Pfeiffer. Pairing lush interiors with dynamic insider advice, Michael Smith's Elements of Style beautifully captures the essential building blocks of good interior design. Smith covers in-depth the most common decorating decisions everyone faces: working with colour, selecting the right paint, choosing window treatments and floor coverings, creating a luxurious bed, and building a furniture collection over time. Illustrated with stunning colour photography, including a dozen homes presented in depth to demonstrate how rooms work alone and together, the book also includes practical sidebars on learning how to buy antiques and attend auctions, how to ready your home for sale, and how to create a house that can evolve over time. This invaluable, idea-filled resource is about polished, fresh design that is both aspirational and attainable.

Dictionary of Architecture & Construction
Cyril M. Harris
McGraw-Hill Companies; August 2005

Revised, updated, and expanded, this comprehensive new edition of the most definitive reference in architecture brings you the broadest possible coverage of the language of architecture and construction. Special care has been taken to include the latest terms from preservation, new technologies, techniques, materials, and trends. This classic dictionary now features 25,000 definitions, 2,200 illustrations, enhanced page design for easier reading, and higher quality paper stock for better illustration reproduction and greater durability. Prepared by a renowned architectural editor in association with 52 expert contributors and incorporating the work of many standards groups, the book presents clear, concise definitions of terms in nearly 80 working areas.




Compiled by: Sanyat Sattar

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