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What I'm Reading: The Woodbook

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Romeyn Beck Hough's "The Woodbook" (Taschen, $30) is a visual encyclopedia of wood types -- and is so stunning and expansive. The images are taken of wood samples from 350 trees, culled and  collected by Hough between 1888 and 1913. It's fascinating to flip through and see all the colors and textures represented in different wood types -- take a look!

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What I'm Reading: Veranda: The Art of Outdoor Living

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I'm excited to share Lisa Newsom's Veranda: The Art of Outdoor Living (Hearst, $39) with you today. As you might have already noticed from past book reviews, I like having the chance to get a peek inside luxurious, impeccably decorated homes. This book is slightly different, in that it gives us a look at the outsides of homes. Newsom's collection of gardens, courtyards, pools and landscapes in many different decor styles is fantastic. Get inspired by my favorites below!

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A home in Provence overlooks the hillside.

1 A home in Provence overlooks the hillside.

Structured hedges and a black-and-white color scheme make a bold statement.

2 Structured hedges and a black-and-white color scheme make a bold statement.

An outdoor reading area in neutrals are complementary against the luscious greenery.

3 An outdoor reading area in neutrals are complementary against the luscious greenery.

Wrought-iron furniture and light gray upholstery keep an airy atmosphere in this room.

4 Wrought-iron furniture and light gray upholstery keep an airy atmosphere in this room.

The Indian temple at Dawnridge, Tony Duquette's Beverly Hills home.

5 The Indian temple at Dawnridge, Tony Duquette's Beverly Hills home.

Sheer curtains accentuate this serene setting.

6 Sheer curtains accentuate this serene setting.

On My Bookshelf: Francois Halard

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To round out my week of books, I wanted to share "Francois Halard" (Rizzoli, $75), a title that showcases the photography of it's namesake. Halard has made a career of photographing the homes of distinguished designers and artists -- Yves Saint Laurent, Coco Chanel and Roger Vivier to name a few. His images capturing the homes -- and the lives, really -- of those people are thought-provoking and true pieces of art. The book also includes pictures of his own homes in New York, Paris and Arles. Take a look at my gallery and let me know which ones grabbed your attention, too.

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James Brown’s Studio, Oaxaca, Mexico; photographed in 2001

1 James Brown’s Studio, Oaxaca, Mexico; photographed in 2001

Paul Cezanne’s Studio, Aix-en-Provence, France; photographed in 2003

2 Paul Cezanne’s Studio, Aix-en-Provence, France; photographed in 2003

Francois Halard’s own home, Arles, France; photographed in 2011

3 Francois Halard’s own home, Arles, France; photographed in 2011

Villa Kyralos, Beaulieu-sur-Mer, France; photographed in 2000

4 Villa Kyralos, Beaulieu-sur-Mer, France; photographed in 2000

Roger Vivier’s Apartment, Toulouse, France; photographed in 1989

5 Roger Vivier’s Apartment, Toulouse, France; photographed in 1989

Yves Saint Laurent & Pierre Bergé’s Apartment, Paris, France; photographed in 1984

6 Yves Saint Laurent & Pierre Bergé’s Apartment, Paris, France; photographed in 1984

Photos courtesy of Rizzoli.