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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847838714
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847838714
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 10.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Barbara Barry has provided an exclusive look into how she achieves a nurturing and beautiful home…revealing her principles to design and offering up how to incorporate them into our homes. If we can’t get her in our house having her on the shelf is the next best thing!” ~Society Diaries Magazine
 
“Thankfully she is sharing her philosophy in what will become a collector’s tome for her fans and design aficionados alike…her book covers the basic principles and application of good design, as Barry shares her tricks of the trade. It’s truly a beautiful book and long overdue.” ~Array Magazine
 
"When you open Barbara Barry: Around Beauty, you step inside the designer’s world. Barry approaches the book almost as if it were her diary, sharing how she finds inspiration in the world around her. Stories about previous projects are interspersed with the objects and vignettes that move her…The book is a passionate study in discovering what moves you, and how to use that to create unforgettable interiors." ~Veranda Magazine

"Barbara Barry is, of course, one of the doyennes of interior design and her aesthetic of pared down, uptown and quiet glamour has inspired many, including this writer." ~Forbes.com

"In this, her first book, she uses stunning photography and carefully composed prose to explain how you can achieve her well-ordered and Zen lifestyle." ~Washington Post

"...gorgeous new book....showcases a refined, sensual, well-ordered aesthetic that will leave you dreaming of room makeovers for the New Year." ~Sheridan Road

"This is a biography, a memoir, and idea book, and it is provocative and beautiful. A jewel box, indeed, and I’d love to know so much more." ~Stylesaloniste.com

About the Author

Award-winning designer Barbara Barry founded her Los Angeles–based interior design firm in 1985. She holds licensing arrangements with such manufacturers as Baker Furniture, (HBF) Hickory Business Furniture, McGuire Furniture, Boyd Lighting, Kravet Fabrics, Tufenkian Tibetan Carpets, Barbara Barry Dream Sheeting, and Baccarat Crystal. Dominique Browning is the former editor-in-chief of House & Garden, as well as the author of three books, including Slow Love: How I Lost My Job, Put on My Pajamas, and Found Happiness. A former art director at Martha Stewart Omnimedia and founder of the design firm Pilot New York, David Meredith is also a photographer whose clients include Ralph Lauren and Anthropologie.

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Customer Reviews

Barbara Barry is a designer whose work I greatly admire.
J. Powell
A truly beautiful design book....Barbara's personal stories are a treat and the photographs are stunning.
DesignLover
This book is a must read for those who take design seriously.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By S Platz on October 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Just got this new book from Rizzoli and couldn't disagree with the first reviewer more. This book is printed with Rizzoli's reliable high quality printing. Almost every page is a beautiful full bleed image taking you on a tour of what life through Barbara's eyes might be like. Perhaps the other reviewer didn't read the text of the book - written by Barbara herself - which is an elegant and personal collection of thoughts about that most basic element from which all art and design spring. It is about Inspiration. How something as simple as a magnolia leaf in spring can touch off a wealth of ideas and excitement. I found this book to be as inspiring to me as the subject matter is to Barbara. There is beauty in everything around us, if you just have the eyes to see it. I love this book and will keep it as part of my collection for years to come. I look forward to returning to it over and over to remind me why I became an artist in the first place - beauty. Anyone who appreciates interior design should be delighted to experience the unique perspective of this book. Really, it's a gem.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Beth K Greene on October 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I must admit being a personal friend of Barbara Barry helps me to understand how special and sentimental this book truly is. Barbara is one of the most genuine people I have ever met. I knew her book would be a success as she takes such care and poise in everything she does. Her writing is beautiful, emotional and from the heart. Her photographer, David also has such a special bond with her and you can tell from the beautifully photographed and well lit images. The stories are charming yet informative. She lives her life daily exactly as these pages indicate. This book is a true biography of her lifestyle. Enjoy and live life The BBarry way!Barbara Barry: Around Beauty
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Powell on October 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Barbara Barry is a designer whose work I greatly admire. I waited for the release of this book with bated breath and was not disappointed. The focus is on stunning images, not just of interiors but of inspiration shots and all of the things that represent "beauty" to her. No image captions, no unneccessary product round ups or homeowner bios, just beautiful photos. The short stories that punctuate different sections of the book recall Barry's soothing voice, it takes me to another place. In my opinion, the book perfectly captures everything about Barbara that I love, well done.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By michele on October 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Barbara has a way of helping others see the world as she does in this book. Reading her musings about life and her surroundings along with the stunning images help you see what she sees. This book is such an inspiration. When you need to remember to stop and smell the roses, Barbara helps bring it all to the forefront in her book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By staunton gilchrist on October 23, 2012
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Barbara Barry's book Around Beauty is just that - all the intimate beautiful processes she goes through in her creations. This book was such a surprise, because it shows not only some of her incredible interiors, but shares also her artistic talent and sensibility. The photography makes me drool - It is stunning on every page! The organization was tantalizing too, and we come to learn not only what a master of beauty Barbara is, but also some real stories about her childhood and family, all of which she credits to bringing her where she is today. This is a must have book! I cannot put it down.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on October 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I have had the pleasure of enjoying this book from friends that have already bought it and I just placed an order for mine! Can't wait to get it. Barbara and David have created some magnificent work together. There is a special spot on my table reserved just for this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Eric Stephan on October 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I've always loved Barbara's work. The photos in this book are crisp and well framed, and it really hit home with me. Definitely happy with this purchase I hope to see more of the same from Barbara in the future.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By DesignLover on October 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
A truly beautiful design book....Barbara's personal stories are a treat and the photographs are stunning. Not to be missed by any Barbara Barry fan....
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