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"BUY IT BECAUSE: Rheinstein's belief in quotidian elegance is inspiring. 'A party house,' she writes, 'shouldn't really look that different from your everyday house.'" ~Town & Country

"A visual feast 4 trad lovers. Decorating & entertaining lessons in gorgeous photos" ~House Beautiful

"Gorgeous homes are the business of Rheinstein, a designer who owns the Los Angeles style emporium Hollyhock. The jewel of this book is the chapter on her stunning redo of a 300-acre Virginia farm. NOT JUST the library, dressing table, pantry and even the laundry room are worth poring over, BUT you can pore over the library, dressing table, pantry and even the laundry room." ~The Washington Post

"Passion for the past led Rheinstein to open her own antiques shop. Now one-of-a-kind pieces and six homes that feature them (including two of her own) are included in this tome, out in November." ~Traditional Home

"Over the 20-plus years she's been designing interiors. Suzanne Rheinstein has adorned dwellings from a Newport Bay colonial, to a Sun Valley mountain retreat, to a Virginia horse-country estate. These, and more of her most sumptuous undertakings, are all included in her first book, At Home: A Style for Today with Things from the Past. The volume also features her own beautiful Los Angeles home." ~C Magazine

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Suzanne Rheinstein’s projects have been published in many lifestyle magazines, including Elle Decor and House Beautiful, as well as in several books, among them Designing Women. Hollyhock is an important home furnishings resource for the design community.

Pieter Estersohn
is a frequent contributor to Elle Decor, Martha Stewart Living, and other leading lifestyle magazines.

Margaret Russell
, editor-in-chief of Elle Decor, is the author of several books, including So Chic: Glamorous Lives, Stylish Spaces.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (October 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847834093
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847834099
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 1.2 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #681,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. M. Keefer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
In her own words interior designer Suzanne Rheinstein takes you on a personal tour through six of her design projects including two of her own homes: her L.A. home and her New York City pied-a-terre. The living room of her NYC pied-a-terre is featured on the cover of this book. Rheinstein describes what she loves most in design: "fewer but better things, painted surfaces, a mixture of furniture styles, a personal art collection and attention to comfort, colors, textures, details and light."

If you like these elements, you'll love this book. The designer makes the case that if you buy and keep fewer and better one-of-a-kind pieces, you can decorate around them. You may change colors and fabrics etc. throughout the years, but the essential beauty and quality is always there. It's like these choice pieces are the characters in the play who always have starring roles in your homes and something to say--the scenery revolves around them. The beautiful and interesting rooms featured in this book support this philosophy.

The projects showcased in this book are diverse. In addition to the New York apartment, there is a Georgian Revival house, a horse country estate in Virginia, a Sun Valley Idaho mountain home, a seaside home in Newport Bay and a Florida cottage. Rheinstein takes you leisurely through each home and explains the design choices in her own words so it's a fun tour. She is very knowledgeable about design history, and there's many references to styles and well-known designers. She mixes Gustavian with Edwardian with Regency with ease and has an educated eye. Rheinstein owns a shop called Hollyhock in California and designs fabric for Lee Joffa. Some of her fabrics are used in the rooms in this book.
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By Edward Kay on October 22, 2010
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The most gorgeous, dreamy and inspiring book out this fall.
I love every page, every detail.
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As I reside in Australia, I had not heard of Suzanne Rheinstein before reading this book (the emphasis here trends more towards Antipodean and British designers). I was pleased to find that Ms Rheinstein's work was approachable despite the obvious grandeur of some of the homes depicted. The text is erudite and informed, and she is clearly knowledgable regarding the history of the decorative arts. She has a clear penchant for eighteenth century furnishings and 19th century needlework (homemade pieces, made by ladies of the period, feature strongly throughout her designs). The book depicts a diverse number of homes within it's pages and there is a clear nod to the practicalities of modern living in the kitchen, bedroom and gamesroom spaces in particular, even though the style remains resolutely traditional throughout. The treatment of televisions, children's play spaces, utilitarian corridors and pantry's are given photo and text space, and are not ignored in favour of the more glamourous public rooms of the houses. The emphasis on a very traditional style of decorating is perfectly in keeping with the book's subtitle, that makes it clear from the very outset that the designs will have a heavy emphasis on antiques and the decorative arts of previous centuries. Those readers, whose taste preferences run to the more traditional style of decorating, will find much to admire in this book. The writing is clear and practical, the photographs of the spaces are sumptuous, but not sterile. One does come away with a sense that these houses/rooms are actually lived in, rather than simply untouchable showcases. Whilst there are no surprises, there should not be any serious disappointment either. She delivers on the promise inherent in the title.
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The quality of what is on the cover is throughout the whole book. So if you like the cover, it's a high chance you will like what's in the book. The rooms are not real colorful. That's what I like. There are close ups in the book that show a lot of the details. There's lots of awesome furniture, mirrors, what nots, wall papering, fireplaces, etc. I'm glad I purchased the book. I was not disappointed.
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Elegant, well appointed, and restful. However, I agree with other reviewers who would have seen color in more rooms. A book full of the same palette was (for me) a bit one-note... Not all rooms are vanilla, no matter how delicious vanilla is.
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I am a big fan of Ms Rheinstein's work as displayed in the pages of high end shelter magazines, so I was looking forward to her book. Each page is like a soft sigh: dreamy, ethereal, romantic, but also lacking in energy, newness and spark. Each decor seems a bit the same, relying heavily on 18th century predominantly French antiques. The tones are muted and somewhat dusty, and one is left wondering if she is afraid of color. Sepia, grey and faded gilt, while beautiful and successful in moderation, seem to predominate and come together in a blur without a distinct focus. One is left yearning for some unexpected juxtaposition, some pizzazz, while still remaining in the world of antiques, but this book sends the message that old is old and new is new and never the two shall meet. I much prefer Michael Smith and Suzanne Kasler.
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