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Jeffrey Alan Marks: The Meaning of Home Hardcover – September 10, 2013
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"He manages to create enveloping interiors that are both easy and effortless… readers will delight in a closer look at his signature Southern California meets regal European interiors. I find myself truly impressed not just with his range (which is vast), but his master of mixing periods and styles. Jeffrey’s homes never look decorated or designed. They read as authentic expressions- unique expressions- of the homeowners’ lives and loves…Impressive to say the least. I have gone through the book several times with wide-eyed wonder and appreciation. You must add this to your design library.” -Life in a Venti Cup
“With his casual yet refined style, Jeffrey’s design aesthetic is functional and beautiful all at the same time. Covering a wide variety of rooms and spaces he’s designed over his career, The Meaning of Home will showcase the depth and diversity of Jeffrey’s projects.” -Interior Canvas
“The Meaning of Home showcases the designer’s breezy, tailored look inspired by his Southern California outdoor lifestyle—a synthesis of a fresh informality infused with sophisticated English and European accents. The book features a series of beautifully photographed residences revealing Jeffrey Alan Marks’ skill at capturing each client’s personality, from a movie star’s London townhouse full of eccentric furnishings to a charming Nantucket cottage with nautical embellishments. Through collective imagery and intriguing collages, he shares his creative process and how he creates a sanctuary where all details are synchronized.” -Editor at Large
“…creative, fun, beautiful, and (perhaps most important) relaxed and livable aesthetic. I could live in practically any of the spaces he has designed, and love every minute of it.” -Katedid Blog
"Mr. Marks is not a predictable designer nor does he impose a signature look. I would describe him as interpretive in the sense that he translates the needs and tastes of his clients to shape the look of their homes.” -Attic Magazine
“…laid-back luxury bolstered by some cost-effective decorating tips.” -Los Angeles Times
“Jeffrey Alan Marks’ Meaning of Home is at the top of my list…filled with stunning images of recent projects and personal anecdotes on just exactly what it means to be home.” -La Dolce Vita
“His timeless design style sings to me. It is classic, but fresh. Through the combination of traditional elements paired with unique edgy accessories he creates elegant masterpieces in his interiors.” -The Mustard Ceiling
“The book strikes the perfect balance of top design and comfort…” -The Simply Luxurious Life
"This book has some of the most beautiful photography of interiors that I have ever seen. Jeffrey penned the text himself, and it is well written. You hear his voice as we have come to know it, and he shares details. details, details." -The Visual Vamp
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This book has some of the most beautiful photography of interiors that I have ever seen. Jeffrey penned the text himself, and it is well written. You hear his voice as we have come to know it, and he shares details. details, details.
This is a book to get lost in over and over again. Though known for a high end coastal look, JAM delivers beautiful, layered rooms in every genre. Put this one on your get-it list.
Rizzoli published the book. They are such an amazing publisher of books on home decor and design. I love their format. They always have tons of photos, and good writers. I have several volumes with the Rizzoli "R" on the spine, and I am thrilled to add "The Meaning of Home" to my collection.
The book opens with Marks' own Santa Monica hillside, ocean-view home which he shares with his partner Ross. Even if you have seen photos of it before, it looks even better in this book. Although Marks claims the house itself had no style, charm or sophistication when they bought it, you see how you can take a home lacking those qualities and turn it into a dream home. Marks says his goal in the home wasn't to meld their tastes, but to accent and harmonize the different features of their individual style. The couple use their home as a design lab for ideas. Marks says an architect friend told him once that is why it is called a design "practice". You are always practicing and experimenting. One obvious experiment in this home which turned out well is his sea turtle rug. Yes, there are sea turtles in blue and green crawling all over the rug in the living room.
One of the most original rooms in his home is the bath. Instead of lining a cabinet with sinks along the wall, the bathroom seems like a real room with a a bureau-vanity in the middle of the room. The vanity has a two-sided mirror, made in France, and sinks on both sides of the mirror and vanity.Read more ›
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This book is for a gift so I have not read it, but, have heard it is excellent.Published 11 months ago by Mary Mc Cance
Beautifully written and shot. His style is an interesting cosmopolitan mix that blends quite well with Californian climate and mentality. Read morePublished 22 months ago by T Stojanovic