This past week I attended a special event at Kelly Wearstler’s flagship boutique on Melrose for the celebration of the book, “In The Spirit Of Beverly Hills” published by Assouline. In attendance was both Kelly Wearstler and Nancie Clare, author of the book. The amazing photos in this post were taken by my friend and photographer, Marcia Prentice.


The book “In The Spirit Of Beverly Hills” by Nancie Clare and published by Assouline.


Kelly Wearstler and guests.


Guests enjoying the ambiance of the boutique which displays accessories, furnishings, & clothing.


I love how Marcia captured this lighting fixture in detail!


And the essence of these accessories.


Author Nancie Clare signing book copies.


A street side table & chair, with the Kelly Wearstler signage in the background.


Another great capture of signature Kelly Wearstler accessories.


Many thanks to Assouline, Kelly Wearstler, & HL Group for hosting the event.

Special thanks to Marcia Prentice for sharing your fabulous photos!


Rizzoli recently released a book by Stephanie Stokes titled, Elegant Rooms That Work.” The book focuses on planning comfortable rooms that are also multipurpose spaces to include attractive storage. It’s something many of us in our homes are in need of, yet do not want to sacrifice aesthetics. The book outlines creative ways of turning the tiniest of spaces into imaginative storage. If you are looking to be inspired by elegant rooms that are also planned to precision for maximum storage, this book is worth checking out! Currently available from Rizzoli, it features 224 pages, 200 color photographs, and retails for $50.


If you live in the NYC area, there is a book release event this Wednesday at 1st Dibs on Lexington Avenue.

Kelly Wearstler: Rhapsody

Posted By Jill-LA | Sep 09, 2012 | 4 Comments | Category: Books, Designers

Interior Designer Kelly Wearstler is set to release her fourth book titled Rhapsody, coming this Fall from Rizzoli. The book features never-before-seen photographed interiors and follows her around behind the scenes at work.

Rhapsody will be available October 2012, includes over 200 color illustrations, and will retail for $55.

Looking forward to checking out the book and hoping Kelly will do another book signing here in LA! Can’t wait to see! More to come!

The Allure of Style

Posted By Jill-LA | Oct 12, 2010 | 3 Comments | Category: Books, Designers

Interior Designer Mary McDonald has just released a new book of her interiors, titled “Mary McDonald: Interiors: The Allure of Style” available through Rizzoli Books. I am eager to check out the book!

Mary McDonald as featured in the October issue of Town & Country magazine.

To culminate the past few days of the “Legends of La Cienega” design events, the Baker Furniture showroom hosted a cocktail party with Elle Decor along with a book signing by Margaret Russell for her book, “Style and Substance: The Best of Elle Decor.” On Saturday evening, I once again met up with fellow blogger Christian May of Maison21 to attend the last celebration of the two day events.

The entrance to the Baker showroom on La Cienega featured the LCDQ logo and the latest cover of Elle Decor magazine.

The lovely desk where Margaret Russell signed copies of her book, “Style & Substance: The Best of Elle Decor.”

I was so happy to finally meet Margaret Russell.  There have been many other book signings, but up until now I hadn’t been able to attend any of them.  It was great to be introduced to her as the Los Angeles blogger for the Material Girls Blog. She was also delighted to hear that I used to work for Felicia of Bravo’s Season One from Top Design.

So happy to finally have a signed copy!

Margaret Russell with designers Woodson & Rummerfield, who’s vignette inspired by the movie Auntie Mame is on display at the Baker Showroom.

The window display is actually much prettier in person and I happen to see it in evening lighting as the sun was going down.

Loved these zebra print ottomans in the Woodson & Rummerfield window display!

Thanks to Elle Decor & Baker for such a lovely event!

{Photos by Mark Savage Photography and Jill Seidner.}

Have HUE seen it?

Posted By Jill-LA | Nov 29, 2009 | 3 Comments | Category: Books, Designers


So have any of you readers picked up a copy of Kelly Wearstler’s anticipated new book Hue? I finally ordered the book today on Amazon, feel as if I may be a bit late in running out to grab a copy but I’m patient enough to wait for mine to arrive in about a week or so.  I have yet to read many reviews but I did see a post on another blog that was a rave review.  Despite much circulation of excerpts, I pulled off these preview images via Amazon.  If you have seen the book – let me know what you think!



Book Signing Event at the PDC

Posted By Jill-LA | Oct 12, 2009 | No Comments | Category: Books, Designers, Events


Next Thursday, October 22nd interior designer Kathryn Ireland will be having a book signing at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles for her new book, “Creating A Home.” (See above event invite for details.)

A Book CAN Change It’s Cover

Posted By Jill-LA | Jul 18, 2009 | 16 Comments | Category: Books, Designers


An associate of Kelly Wearstler sent me an email this past week with the newly shot cover for her upcoming book “Hue” after seeing the blog post I had written last month featuring the original cover (below).  I was happy to feature the new book cover – which I like a lot more!


Which cover do you prefer?


Posted By Jill-LA | Jun 20, 2009 | 6 Comments | Category: Books, Color, Designers


Kelly Wearstler’s anticipated new book, Hue, is now available for pre-order on Amazon.

Her latest book celebrates the power of color and features her most recent projects while exploring her process.  The book also gives an exclusive look at her new studio.

In addition, the book features projects including a 1926 James Dolena estate in Beverly Hills: an opulent Georgian style mansion and  a Paul Williams Bel Air classic mansion.  It will also feature a residence in Malibu using organic materials and a color palette of earthy tones mixed with sea foam green and silvery blue.  Her sculpture and modernist furniture play up the serene ocean ambiance.  Lastly, it’ll explore her latest commercial projects.

Signed editions are also available for pre-order here.


It’s no secret that I love books.  I have an overflowing collection for which I do not have shelf space for. My books become part of the decoration of my home:  stacked on the two console tables below my front living room windows flanked by a pair of lamps and topped with a candle and a vase, the stack on the tray table next to my sofa stacked within other trays, another stack on a pair of coffee tables, and yet two neatly stacks on the floor creating a vignette.  Books make for great accessories to decorating any home.  Whether used as props in styling or truly used in the decoration of a home, books undoubtedly have a decorating presence.


Books stacked on a console table, such as I have in my own living room.


Low bookshelves don’t over empower a room, these have an interesting design at an angle.


These bookshelves are concealed behind a drapery panel – a splash of color and an element of surprise!


A few books scattered across a coffee table provide good entertaining and leisurely browsing.


A Jonathan Adler designed room filled with built-ins and books.


Bathing among books – this bathroom makes for a relaxing getaway.


Including books in a bedroom looks more sophisticated when it’s neatly displayed in a built-in shelving unit tucked into a corner.


Or just a few stacked on the bedside tables.


These beautiful built-ins are ideal in any transitional space – a hallway, between adjoining rooms.


These books add a colorful decorating element to this refined space.


Stacks of books on a console in an entryway or hallway with various accessories and artwork.


I think more dining rooms should be filled with books!  Here is a space that offers more than just the typical dining table, buffet, and artwork.


In a more casual setting, these floating shelves make for a beachy inspired look in Kelly Klein’s home.


As Lauren mentioned in her recent post on bar carts, the ever changing display can go from glassware to other decorative displays, in this case – books, of course.


A beautiful room propped with decorative accessories and books.


Karl Lagerfeld apparently has an addiction to books – the proof is in the picture.


As in this picture, I add the same decorative touches to my books – placing a vase or other object on top of a stack of books.


A delicate coffee table calls for just a few small books – ones that aren’t too bulky or heavy.


Kelly Wearstler is quite the book collector – seen here among her custom built shelving and her children.  While I was at her office, I took a glimpse at some of the book titles she owns – including out of print and vintage design books.


This office space would have made a great addition to my recent post, “The Un-Office Office Space.” What office space isn’t filled with books?


And lastly, a house filled with books from room to room.