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On My Bookshelf: "Dazzling Design"

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A staple on the New York design circuit since 1998, Amanda Nisbet releases her first collection of interiors tomorrow. I got a sneak peak -- and the result is stunning. Each page brims with color and the rooms are glamorous, without ever being stiff or standoffish.


From a hallway bedecked in navy zebra-print wallpaper to a draped turquoise bead chandelier, the book shows off Nisbet's utter fearlessness. But, leafing through it, I also realized that she's just as talented in quieter moments (a layered linen slipcover, a nautical mirror over an antique dresser), where she subtly mixes shapes and textures to keep things out of the ordinary.


I love this evocative description of this particularly non-traditional room:

"[This] might at a glance seem wildly inappropriate. Yet to me, pairing [bold Flauvist strokes of hot pink] with the restrained traditional boiserie produced a perfect couple, a decorative portrait of the sort of society pair you see stepping into a taxi on Park Avenue after dark: an elegant, old-school gentleman with a vivacious woman on his arm."

Can't you just picture it?

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Photos by Max Kim-Bee

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  • Greetings from London Kevin, I love Amanda's designs and interiors, I am following her on Twitter she seems an amazing person. I preordered her book and looking forward to it.
    Have a wonderful weekend

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