How They Decorated

I am excited for my friend, Gaye Tapp, whose book How They Decorated: Inspiration from Great Women of the Twentieth Century will be released next month.  Gaye’s popular blog Little Augury caught my eye years ago and I have been lucky enough to nurture a virtual friendship with this talented lady ever since.

I must tell you that I am also personally excited to have received an advance copy of her beautiful book.  I’ve been carrying it around with me all weekend perusing the pages dedicated to the sixteen subjects represented within…

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the contents page reads like a who’s who in the world of decorating and style…

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The book is divided into four sections:  “The Fashionably Chic”, “The Unconventional Eye”, “In The Grand Manner”, and “Legacy Style”.  Each of these women had her own distinct approach to decorating with some utilizing the advice of decorating legends and others single-handedly accomplishing accomplishing a signature style…

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Gaye opens the book with Gloria Vanderbilt’s quote: “Decorating is autobiography” and I couldn’t agree more!  I find that as time goes by the art of creating my own interiors and assisting others with theirs is most satisfying and rewarding.

In the forward, Charlotte Moss writes “How They Decorated is an invitation to enter the enchanting worlds of sixteen women – to experience their circle of influence and the results of the time spent at the altar of elegance, comfort, and beauty.”  Yes, indeed!

Scattered throughout are illustrations and paintings from the likes of Cecil Beaton…

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I found old favorites such as Evangeline Bruce’s drawing room…

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and made newer acquaintances such as Pauline Trigere’s exotic garden room at La Tortue…

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Like Bunny Mellon, I’ll be sitting in quiet contemplation with Gaye’s book for quite some time…

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Thank you Gaye Tapp and Jessica Napp at Rizzoli for affording me the opportunity to preview what is bound to become one of the go-to design references in our libraries!

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  1. What a lovely review!!! I can’t wait to purchase this book! Thanks for the great recommendation!