In the House

October sees the release of several design books, in time for High Point Market

Compiled by Brian Lampkin

When I first landed in the Triad, I had no idea what a furniture market was, let alone what constituted a High Point. Now, I understand what a vital economic engine the High Point Market is — and not only for downtown HP. Small businesses across the Triad bask in the overflowing excess of the furniture world coming to our backyard. Not surprisingly, we sell our share of furniture and design books during the madness. Listed below are some of the designers with new books who will be coming to High Point this October.

Ray Booth, Ray Booth: Evocative Interiors. Presented here are Booth’s most celebrated Nashville residences and never-before-seen projects in Palm Beach, Louisiana, New York, Texas and the Hamptons. Each illustrates his innovative use of furniture as architecture to define rooms, draperies in place of walls, captivating displays of art and mirrors, and an eclectic mix of antiques and contemporary pieces. Among the house profiles is Booth’s Nashville home, which shows the influence of Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie School, revealing his appreciation for traditional materials, particularly large expanses of glass, masonry and wood. Ray Booth will appear at the Antique & Design Center on Saturday, October 13 at 4 p.m.

Kathryn Scott, Creating Beauty: Interiors. The first book from acclaimed Brooklyn-based interior designer Kathryn Scott, whose handcrafted interiors evoke a sense of serenity, harmony and simplicity. Kathryn Scott is a designer whose disciplined eye results in interiors praised for their beauty and minimalism, as well as their artisanal details. Through 10 residences, bookended by Scott’s own acclaimed five-story, 19th-century Italianate brownstone in Brooklyn Heights and her ravishing country house, the book explores the idea of home as sanctuary, a place to rest, replenish and refocus. Kathryn Scott will appear at the Antique & Design Center on Saturday, October 13 at 4 p.m.

Richard Keith Langham, About Decorating: The Remarkable Rooms of Richard Keith Langham & Paloma Contreras, Dream Design Live. This first book on the esteemed decorator and tastemaker — known for beautiful interiors that are replete with tradition, saturated color, elegance and Southern flair — will delight design aficionados. Paloma Contreras is the blogger behind the popular interior design site La Dolce Vita. She has been featured in many major publications, including Domino, House Beautiful, The New York Times, AD online, Vogue, Elle Decor and the Wall Street Journal. Richard & Paloma will appear at the Universal Furniture Showroom at 11 a.m. on Sunday, October 14.

Jeff Dungan, The Nature of Home: Creating Timeless Houses. Following in the tradition of populist architects Gil Schafer and Bobby McAlpine, Dungan designs new traditional houses for today — houses with clean lines, made with stone and wood, that carry an air of lasting beauty and that are made to be handed on to future generations. In his first book, Dungan shares his advice and insight for creating these “forever” houses, exploring eight of them in full, from a beach house on the Gulf Coast to a farmhouse in the Southern countryside, as well as a family home in the Blue Ridge Mountain. Jeff Dungan will appear at Curry & Co. at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 14.

John Loecke, Jason Oliver Nixon, Prints Charming: Create Absolutely Beautiful Interiors with Prints & Patterns. This bright, lively interior design book is like no other: It shows readers how to choose and use pattern (whether on upholstered furniture, walls and floors, or in curtains, rugs and accessories) to create gorgeous room designs. It also teaches readers how to layer pattern[s?] for fresh, exciting, personalized spaces. The book is delightfully illustrated with inspiring images of design elements and finished rooms with each chapter packed with lively DIY projects, plus Dos and Don’ts, Try This, and more. Jason Oliver Nixon will appear at the Port 68 Lighting Showroom on Monday, October 15 at 10 a.m.

Thomas O’Brien, Thomas O’Brien: Library House & Charlotte Moss, Charlotte Moss Entertains: Celebrations and Everyday Occasions. Charlotte Moss is a designer, author and philanthropist. She has designed numerous private residences in the United States and abroad, collections of carpets, furniture, fabrics, china and enameled jewelry. She has authored nine books. Thomas O’Brien is an interior and home furnishings designer based in New York City. He is the founder and president of Aero Studios, one of America’s most respected design firms, and is the author of American Modern and Aero. Charlotte and Thomas will appear at Century Furniture on Monday, October 15 at 4 p.m.

Paloma Contreras, Dream Design Live, Donna Garlough, Your Home, Your Style: How to Find Your Look & Create Rooms You Love, and Nora Murphy, Country House Style: Making Your Home a Country House. Enjoy lunch with Paloma, Nora and Donna at their book signing at The Point (near the Transportation Terminal) at 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, October 16.  OH

Brian Lampkin is one of the proprietors of Scuppernong Books.

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