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In­te­rior Por­traits by Les­lie Wil­liamson, pub­lished by Riz­zoli, $119. Pho­tog­ra­pher Les­lie Wil­liamson is a home­body who loves noth­ing more than stay­ing put in her own lit­tle world. But even the most res­o­lute her­mit’s gotta eat, so for the past decade she’s brought home the ba­con by jour­ney­ing near and far to pho­to­graph other peo­ple’s havens. For this, her third book, she em­barked on a “Cal­i­for­nia de­sign pil­grim­age”, cre­at­ing a love let­ter to her home state. The peo­ple she dropped in on are all true trail­blaz­ers who have pur­sued their pas­sions in who-cares-what-they­think style. One of the stand­outs among the stand­outs is tex­tile artist Kay Seki­machi and her 1895 du­plex, for the ex­tra­or­di­nary ob­jects in­side it, many of them re­flect­ing the in­spi­ra­tion she draws from na­ture. One cor­ner of the kitchen is dec­o­rated with an ex­quis­ite hor­nets’ nest, which a friend sent her in the mail.

TOP RIGHT & ABOVE LEFT Kay Seki­machi’s cre­ative co­coon, which she shared with her late hus­band, wood­turner Bob Stocks­dale. ABOVE RIGHT In­side sculp­tor Alma Allen’s desert dwelling near Joshua Tree Na­tional Park.

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