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118 Pages of in­spi­ra­tion.

Belle - - Belle Promotion - Words JUDY PA SCOE and JAN­ICE HOGG

Ideas on cul­ti­vat­ing style, in­doors and out.

GAR­DENS O F T HE I TALIAN L AKES

Long recog­nised as an area syn­ony­mous with spec­tac­u­lar scenery, in­clud­ing beau­ti­ful gar­dens, the Ital­ian lake district stars in all its glory in this book. Redo­lent with the ro­mance that only Italy can en­gen­der, the im­ages of per­fect palaz­zos and their at­ten­dant parter­res, path­ways, foun­tains and stat­u­ary are a treat for plant lovers and arm­chair trav­ellers alike. The in­for­ma­tive and lu­cid text is an added bonus. Steven Des­mond, Frances Lin­coln, $69.99 THE A RT O F MAK­ING G ARDENS Award-win­ning Ital­ian­born Bri­tish-based land­scape gar­dener Lu­ciano Gi­ub­bilei is known for his un­der­stated el­e­gant style. This is his sec­ond book and it fo­cuses on his work with Fer­gus Gar­rett on the garden at Great Dix­ter, which was orig­i­nally laid out by Ed­ward Lu­tyens and how it has im­pacted on his own work as a land­scape de­signer.

MOD­ERN R ETRO Bridg­ing the dec­o­ra­tive di­vide be­tween an­tique and con­tem­po­rary, retro fur­ni­ture and ob­jects of 20th-cen­tury de­sign are al­ways “orig­i­nal and unique”, says the author. Us­ing abun­dant ex­am­ples via case stud­ies from the UK and Europe, she il­lu­mi­nates in­ter­pre­ta­tions of the style un­der head­ings such as Struc­tural In­dus­trial, In­ter­na­tional Ec­cen­tric­ity and Rus­tic Recla­ma­tion, and how to in­fuse your own home with the look. Caro­line Clion-Mo, Mur­doch Books, $59.99. Kim Inglis, Thames & Hud­son, $45

Rich lay­ers of colour and pat­tern are not for the faint-hearted, but as this sump­tu­ous book dis­plays there are many it­er­a­tions of the ‘more is more’ ethos. Whether the em­bel­lish­ments are fan­tas­tic wall­pa­pers and art­work, unique fur­nish­ings or bric-a-brac, each in­te­rior fea­tured is a very per­sonal ex­pres­sion of its owner.

NEW T HAI S T YLE

Charm, grace and peace are hall­marks of Thai­land and its dec­o­rat­ing style is no di‘er­ent, whether in pri­vate homes or lux­ury ho­tels. This book show­cases ex­am­ples of how tra­di­tional tech­niques and crafts­man­ship are be­ing rein­ter­preted in a thor­oughly mod­ern way by es­tab­lished and emerg­ing ar­chi­tects and de­sign­ers from Bangkok to the is­lands.

Sven Eh­mann, Robert Klanten, Vic­to­ria Pease, Gestal­ten, $99

Lu­ciano Gi­ub­bilei, Mer­rell, $90

PRI­VATE G ARDENS

OF S OUTH F LORIDA

This vol­ume gives exclusive en­tree to 22 of Florida’s „nest home gar­dens, each „lled by an ex­u­ber­ance of vivid trop­i­cal trees and plants in su­perbly land­scaped grounds. The stories of the own­ers are equally as pic­turesque as the shots of their ex­otic re­treats. Jack Staub, Gibbs Smith, $69.99 K ALEIDOSCOPE L IVING I N CO LOR & P ATTERNS

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