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On My Bookshelf: 20th Century Jewelry & the Icons of Style

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"20th Century Jewelry & the Icons of Style" by Stefano Papi and Alexandra Rhodes (Thames & Hudson, $65) is a fascinating look at the jewels -- and the style and lives -- of eleven glamorous women from another era. The authors profile the likes of the Duchess of Windsor and the Maharani of Baroda, while highlighting the exquisite accessories made for them from Cartier, Harry Winston, and more. It's a very interesting peek into the stories of these famed women and their collections, as well as the making and the history of the jewels themselves. Take a look at my gallery for a snapshot of the book -- you'll soon be swooning for the sparkly items too!

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A gorgeous turquoise and diamond set acquired by Her Highness Begum Sultan Muhammad Shah Aga Khan.

1 A gorgeous turquoise and diamond set acquired by Her Highness Begum Sultan Muhammad Shah Aga Khan.

Countess Mona Bismarck in Paris, wearing emeralds, diamonds, jade and pearls by Cartier.

2 Countess Mona Bismarck in Paris, wearing emeralds, diamonds, jade and pearls by Cartier.

A striking necklace and ring from the 1920s-1930s.

3 A striking necklace and ring from the 1920s-1930s.

A Cartier chimera bangle in carved coral, diamonds and cabochon emeralds.

4 A Cartier chimera bangle in carved coral, diamonds and cabochon emeralds.

The Maharani Sita Devi of Baroda with her son, admiring the

5 The Maharani Sita Devi of Baroda with her son, admiring the "Princie" diamond that was named after him at Van Cleef & Arpels in 1960.

The Cartier Paris flamingo brooch that was owned by the Duchess of Windsor, made by reused stones from her other pieces.

6 The Cartier Paris flamingo brooch that was owned by the Duchess of Windsor, made by reused stones from her other pieces.

Photos courtesy of Sotheby's, Sotheby's Studio Archive, Christie's, and the Van Cleef & Arpels Archives.

On My Bookshelf: Fifth Avenue Style

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Howard Slatkin, interior designer and co-founder of the fragrance brand we all know and love, Slatkin & Co., has a beautiful apartment on Fifth Avenue in New York, overlooking Central Park. In the new book Fifth Avenue Style ($60, The Vendome Press), we get treated to a full tour of his home with gorgeous, full-bleed photographs of every detail. The key word here is detail - throughout every room there is so much of it and you can tell he really put thought into all of the intricacy and planning of the colors, textures, fabrics and accents. See the slideshow below for my favorite images.

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The gallery is filled with interesting architectural details and overlooks Central Park.

1 The gallery is filled with interesting architectural details and overlooks Central Park.

This lavish setup is only one end of Slatkin's extensive living room.

2 This lavish setup is only one end of Slatkin's extensive living room.

Slatkin designed this sofa himself in cashmere and suede, with a back panel covered in sheared mink. The embroidered pillows feature designs inspired by patterns he saw on Japanese lacquer boxes.

3 Slatkin designed this sofa himself in cashmere and suede, with a back panel covered in sheared mink. The embroidered pillows feature designs inspired by patterns he saw on Japanese lacquer boxes.

According to Slatkin,

4 According to Slatkin, "Every room should have a mirror, as they add life and mystery."

This small table in the dining room is perfect for having lunch for two overlooking the park, Slatkin's favorite use of the room.

5 This small table in the dining room is perfect for having lunch for two overlooking the park, Slatkin's favorite use of the room.

I love these hexagonal panels that are veneered in old tortoiseshell that was found at a workroom in Paris.

6 I love these hexagonal panels that are veneered in old tortoiseshell that was found at a workroom in Paris.

Photographs Tria Giovan, courtesy of The Vendome Press.

On My Bookshelf: In With the Old

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Jennifer Boles, the blogger behind The Peak of Chic, has released a beautiful new book that design aficionados will love. "In With the Old: Classic Décor from A to Z" ($20, Potter Style) is an A to Z encyclopedia of classic decorating techniques and finishes from the height of interior design. I particularly loved the entry under "F" for faux bois. Beautifully illustrated with images by Erica George Dines and illustrations by Laura Boles Faw, the book is full of helpful tips for anyone who loves classic style. I even learned a bit: Did you know that designer Nancy Lancaster once covered all the books in her London library with red paper for dramatic impact? I love that idea. See a few more of my favorite ideas from the book below:

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Cotton fabrics –– an American classic –– tone down an ornate stool.

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A fanciful monogram makes this heirloom chair feel extra special.

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A gilded bar car turns into a one-stop party station.