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On My Bookshelf: The Riads of Marrakech

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"The Riads of Marrakech" by Elan Fleischer (ACC Editions, $53is a book filled with striking, incredibly vibrant and detailed photos of twelve of the Riads of Medina in Marrakech, which are traditional guesthouses. The amazing architectural detail, the colors, and the luxuriousness of it all took my breath away. Each photo makes you feel like you've been transported to an exotic paradise vacation - pools included. Check out my gallery and you'll see just what I mean.

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Photos courtesy of Elan Fleischer.

On My Bookshelf: Decorating in Detail

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Not only is Alexa Hampton a friend of mine and a recent guest on my radio show, but she is also the author of a comprehensive new design book, "Decorating in Detail" ($50, Potter Style). The key to a cleverly designed room is detail -- in the fabrics, window treatments, lighting fixtures, accents and more. She does a fantastic job giving each of the seven homes profiled in this book a distinct personality through those very details. I couldn't get enough of the gorgeous photographs -- my three favorites are below:

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I LOVE the blue and white porcelain here.

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A dark, dramatic dining room just signals glamour.

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This fabric memory board covered in favorite photos tucked into a cubby is charming.

On My Bookshelf: Art Deco

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The book "Art Deco" by Norbert Wolf (Prestel, $85) does such a fantastic job showing off and chronicling the Art Deco style, from its presence in Europe to its immigration to the Americas and Asia. We should all take a moment to appreciate this design style that has influenced so much of our everyday lives in the decades that it has been around. Check out my gallery for some excellent reflections of the style, in art, architecture, fashion, furniture and more.

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