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Book Friday: Traditional Now

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Traditional Now: Interiors by David Kleinberg (The Monacelli Press) is a book that recently came across my desk and caught my eye. I appreciate interior decorator David Kleinberg's ability to balance the modern and classic elements of design. Each room in this book contains a thoughtful approach to decorating that is elegant and refined.

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This staircase features an artfully-designed cast-bronze railing. Artist Bill Sullivan contributed to the design.

1 This staircase features an artfully-designed cast-bronze railing. Artist Bill Sullivan contributed to the design.

To emulate an older look, Kleinberg finished new pine paneling in the library with a stain that gave it a worn appearance.

2 To emulate an older look, Kleinberg finished new pine paneling in the library with a stain that gave it a worn appearance.

High-quality English and American antiques and custom upholstery contribute to the atmosphere of this cabin at the Alotian Golf Club in Little Rock, Arkansas.

3 High-quality English and American antiques and custom upholstery contribute to the atmosphere of this cabin at the Alotian Golf Club in Little Rock, Arkansas.

The bed in this European-traditional room is nestled in an alcove.

4 The bed in this European-traditional room is nestled in an alcove.

This modern kitchen is at the heart of a home built in the 1800s. Just look at those wide-plank floors—stunning!

5 This modern kitchen is at the heart of a home built in the 1800s. Just look at those wide-plank floors—stunning!

A mix of modern and traditional patterns and shapes makes this Park Avenue sitting room quintessentially New York.

6 A mix of modern and traditional patterns and shapes makes this Park Avenue sitting room quintessentially New York.

Inside this barn-turned-pool house features polished cement floors and steel and glass siding doors.

7 Inside this barn-turned-pool house features polished cement floors and steel and glass siding doors.

This masculine bathroom was inspired by great Old World hotels, such as Claridge's in London and the Ritz in Paris.

8 This masculine bathroom was inspired by great Old World hotels, such as Claridge's in London and the Ritz in Paris.

This lighting design by Sharon Louden is truly a work of art. I like how Kleinberg opted for an unconventional table arrangement with two round tables.

9 This lighting design by Sharon Louden is truly a work of art. I like how Kleinberg opted for an unconventional table arrangement with two round tables.

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Comments (2)

  • hi Kevin,
    Looks like a beautiful book. Love his taste in Decor, I have seen his work on House Beautiful and Architectural Digest. Beautiful!
    Happy Friday and a wonderful weekend
    Best Wishes

  • “Beauty meets quality of life.” Modern, yet sophisticated in its sensibility.

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