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On My Bookshelf: The Meaning of Home

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A Southern Californian at heart, Jeffrey Alan Marks (of Bravo TV's Million Dollar Decorators) combines breezy effortlessness with tailored sophistication in the homes he decorates. His rooms are a curated collection of items that reflect different styles and periods - an aesthetic he takes pride in -- "I love trying to create a cohesive look out of improbable unions," he says. That signature can be seen on all the pages of his book, "The Meaning of Home" ($45, Rizzoli), from the living room styled with vintage Japanese pillows and a contemporary rug to the dining room with a modern James Nares statement piece hanging over heirloom chairs.

I hope you enjoyed exploring these new titles with me all week -- it's been great poring over so many beautiful photos and reading about the different perspectives and approaches of talented designers. I know I'm feeling inspired, are you?

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Marks designed this entryway around a stunning abstract painting.

1 Marks designed this entryway around a stunning abstract painting.

This monochromatic kitchen is brought to life by the dramatic light fixture, made with a collection of found objects.

2 This monochromatic kitchen is brought to life by the dramatic light fixture, made with a collection of found objects.

Grass cloth walls warm up a Nantucket-inspired bedroom. The acrylic table is even outfitted with rope handles to add nautical flair to an otherwise modern piece.

3 Grass cloth walls warm up a Nantucket-inspired bedroom. The acrylic table is even outfitted with rope handles to add nautical flair to an otherwise modern piece.

The gorgeous color scheme in this dining room, including the navy and white lacquered walls, takes it's cue from the artwork by James Nares.

4 The gorgeous color scheme in this dining room, including the navy and white lacquered walls, takes it's cue from the artwork by James Nares.

This room features pillows made from salvaged vintage Japanese fabrics and a John Dickinson plaster coffee table.

5 This room features pillows made from salvaged vintage Japanese fabrics and a John Dickinson plaster coffee table.

As an unexpected touch, Marks flipped the rug in this room upside down and displayed it that way instead, because the colors were richer on the reverse side.

6 As an unexpected touch, Marks flipped the rug in this room upside down and displayed it that way instead, because the colors were richer on the reverse side.

Photographs by Douglas Friedman, courtesy of Rizzoli.

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