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Ann Getty: Interior Style Hardcover – October 23, 2012

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"The first collection of the designer's work, tours nine of her exquisite creations. Her interiors, which have a deep sense of history, are opulent, fresh, and timeless all at once." ~Elle Decor

“The book’s photographs are lavish and colorful, a testament to the depth of Getty’s work. But whatever you do, make sure to pay attention to the book’s text. Saeks’ writing is the perfect partner to Getty’s work...If you’re looking for a book that both inspires and informs, I urge you to take a look at this book. I think you’ll find that it’s a special addition to your library." ~Peak of chic
“For people passionate about fine interiors, the preservation of antiques, the highest level of craftsmanship and respect for architectural integrity, author Diane Saeks’ examination of Getty’s designs will prove an invaluable source." ~Boca Raton Observer

"Getty's expert eye, deep knowledge and personal collection of 18th century art and antiques are gloriously unveiled." ~San Francisco Chronicle

"...sumptuous tour of Getty's varied projects...even die-hard devotees of contemporary decor will find something to admire."

"This beautiful coffee table book chronicles the work of the very talented Ann Getty, the designer and philanthropist married to Gordon Getty. It is a joy to turn the pages of this luscious book with photos of treasure-filled rooms." ~Quest Magazine

About the Author

Diane Dorrans Saeks is a noted design lecturer, founder of the design/travel/ style blog The Style Saloniste, and the best-selling author of twenty-one books. 

With a focus on design, style, travel, interiors and architecture, Diane Dorrans Saeks has recently published 'Michael S. Smith Elements of Style', a best-seller, as well as "Palm Springs Living', 'Santa Barbara Living', 'Orlando Diaz-Azcuy', all for Rizzoli, and the best-selling Taschen books 'Seaside Interiors', 'California Interiors', and 'Country Interiors'. She also directed and styled photography for 'Paris Style' one of Taschen's all-time best-selling Icon books.
For Diane Dorrans Saeks,  'Ann Getty Interior Style'  was a multi-year project. She directed photography with Lisa Romerein, and researched the Getty family art, antiques and textiles collections, with specialist curators and art historians.
'Ann Getty Interior Style' offers an inspiring and surprising insider view of private collections of rare antiques, exquisite paintings, and craftsmanship. 


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (October 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847837912
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847837915
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 1.1 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #680,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Diane Dorrans Saeks is the bestselling author of over fifteen books, including Hollywood Style and Michael S. Smith: Elements of Style. She was a founding editor of Metropolitan Home and Garden Design magazines. Saeks is currently interior design editor for PaperCity and a correspondent for W and WWD. She has a long-standing working relationship with Orlando Diaz-Azcuy throughout his career and has become a dear friend.

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Merrily Baird on October 29, 2012
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"Ann Getty: Interior Style" offers beautiful photography that, by being bled to page edges, gives the viewer a sense of actually entering the rooms depicted in this design volume. And what exquisite rooms these are, reflecting the highly cultivated taste of Ann Getty, her flawless sense of space planning, and her acquaintance with and access to the finest purveyors of treasures both modern and antique. Just as impressive is the text of author Diane Dorrans Saeks, who provides many fascinating details on how her subject's connoisseurship and vast inventory of furniture, art, and decorative objects evolved. To cite but one small example, there is a most unusual and welcome paragraph on the roles played by Getty's in-house curator.

The book presents some residences decorated by Getty with a relatively spare and modern aesthetic. However, the prevailing style in most of the chapters is best described as a refined combination of the orientalist and the baroque. This style makes extensive use of antique European furniture, luxe fabrics, chinoiserie, and even Ottoman influences. These homes, especially those in which the Gettys themselves live, feature a lavish layering of objects and mixing of fabric and wall decor patterns. It is this richness of detail and Getty's insistence on quality of the highest level that produce rooms surpassingly beautiful, and stunningly complex.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Philip Bewley on December 13, 2012
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"Ann Getty: Interior Style" is one of the finest books on interior design that has been published in the last few years. What sets this book above all others is the attention to excellence in all things: the glorious photography that pulls you into these extraordinary rooms; the informed and engaging text by a leading authority on design, Diane Saeks, that will keep you coming back to this book for discovery and delight; the extraordinary interiors themselves, giving you a rare "insider" look at one of the world's finest collections of period antiques and fine art, in glorious arrangements that display the highest degree of taste and connoisseurship.

I have personal access to one of the most complete design libraries, and I highly recommend this book for its superlative presentation, scholarship, and sheer breathtaking beauty. This book gives the reader access to rare examples in the decorative arts that you will never find anywhere else.

Taking years in the production, this is a "must have" for any good design library, or simply for someone looking for a book to treasure and inspire for many years to come.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sweetbriar on November 2, 2013
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I thought I'd mention I got to see this painting at the National Gallery in September. I saw it in the "Look Inside" feature here on page 11, with no reference, and had thought it must be "an amusing portrait of herself." That's alright, they do favor, but I wanted to mention how much I enjoyed seeing the painting in person. It was a terrific exhibit, it got better with every room and finding that Nijinsky portrait was a delightful little (well, quite large!) jewel for me.

It's okay not to be rich, not to know everything about every art piece, not to have a bigger house than whoever. One thing I've noticed about mixing with the wealthy is that it takes up so very much TIME, it takes staff and appointments and networking and fear and jealousy and a house or three FULL of stuff. I'm really all the wealthy I can cope with just living in this country, with time to go to art exhibitions and and the freedom to decorate my own little home with ideas I like from beautiful art books. I've since bought this book and found it truly delightful. Don't ever let the lack of a few million dollars intimidate you from enjoying an image, a book, or a work of art. Every life comes with its full set of troubles, not a one comes with less to answer for at the end, and no one has taken so much as a button out of this world. Enjoy what you have and share it with whoever you can - even in a big, full colour book if you get the chance!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B. Dittmar on January 8, 2013
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Once again, author Diane Dorrans Saeks has created a sharp, elegant and refined book that will become a must-have for anyone who enjoys learning about interior design and antiques. This book takes you on a behind-the-scenes journey into the world of Ann Getty, one of San Francisco's top designers -- and one whose work has not been widely seen by the general public. The level of design and the attention to detail found within the rooms featured are awe-inspiring -- as are the antiques shown which are clearly museum-quality pieces with the most exceptional pedigree. In a design world filled with 'greige' upon 'greige,' the work in this book stands out for its unabashed, colorful exuberance, which is well documented by the excellent photography found in this book. Congratulations to Ann Getty and Diane Dorrans Saeks for producing an excellent monograph that many designers and design lovers will turn to time and time again!
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Robert C. Montano on October 28, 2012
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Most interior design books are all about the photography. Not this one. Ms. Saeks' prose makes one feel present in those rooms. That's talent. The Getty book is sublime--on so many levels. Some might consider the Getty taste OTT. Not me. It's exquisite, wildly idiosyncratic sprezzatura. Love it. More is more; less is less and fat is fat. Where have I heard that before? Bravi to Diane Dorrans Saeks and to Mrs. Getty and her staff.

This volume solves any gift-giving dilemma. If you know me, you will probably get it for Christmas. Invite me for dinner, you'll get it sooner.
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