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Whether you are an avid collector, a professional designer or a home shopper in search of some guidance on the many facets of antiques and design, there are many great reference books available. Listed below are several that I consider an invaluable base from which to begin.

Leading interior designer and owner of Hollyhock, Los Angeles's renowned antiques and decorative arts mecca, Suzanne Rheinstein is known for her relaxed, elegant style. Style maker and interior designer Suzanne Rheinstein has a keen appreciation for special luxuries. She is a master at taking an eclectic mix of furnishings from the past and arranging them in a fresh, inspiring way. Elegant simplicity and attention to detail are the hallmarks of her look. A timeless quality pervades every room she designs. Rheinstein feels that how you live your life every day is much more important than getting your house together for a special occasion. Beautifully photographed, this inspiring volume shows examples of her work, ranging from a brick farmhouse in the Virginia countryside and a sophisticated rustic getaway overlooking the Big Wood River in Sun Valley to a year-round shingled residence on the beach in Newport Bay, as well as her own homes—a gracious Georgian Revival in Los Angeles and a New York City prewar pied-à-terre. They exemplify her talent for creating attractive homes that make living and entertaining extremely pleasurable.

Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli (October 19, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0847834099
Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 1.2 x 11.8 inches

The Southern Cosmopolitan looks at the tradition of style shaping the South's architecture and interior design. A selection of luxurious houses from Charleston, Savannah, New Orleans, Atlanta, Natchez, Georgetown, and Alexandria celebrates the sophisticated side of southern style with a mix of modern art, antiques, and exotic textiles. Featured in tantalizing color photographs are select residences decorated by leading southern tastemakers, including Thomas Jayne, Amelia Handegan, Nancy Braithewaite, and Hal Williamson.An immaculately restored mansion in Natchez and a collector's treasure trove in Alexandria reveal the South's love affair with historic European and American architecture, art, and antiques. A classic re-do of a Colonial Revival home in Georgetown and a modern Atlanta condominium decorated with French antiques and contemporary art showcase the southern blend of old and new. A Greek Revival house filled with exotic textiles in Charleston and an Italianate townhouse in Savannah display the South's fascination with foreign and exotic decorative objects. A perfect summary of southern taste for those charmed by both the grandeur and intimate details that make these homes so hospitable.

Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli (April 7, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0847830787
Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1 x 11.5 inches

This magisterial study evokes an era before mass production and ease of transport began to homogenize furniture design across America. From the early 18th through the mid-19th centuries, distinctive cabinetmaking traditions developed in the Mississippi River valley through a melding of French, Anglo-American, Caribbean, Canadian, and African influences. Along with a catalogue of furniture forms produced in the region are essays on early cabinetmakers, the materials they employed, and the homes for which the furniture was made. Furnishing Louisiana stands as tribute to the region's cultural diversity and remarkable artistry.

Furnishing Louisiana: Creole and Acadian Furniture, 1735-1835
by Jack D. Holden, H. Parrott Bacot, and Cybèle T. Gontar
with Brian J. Costello and Francis J. Puig
edited by Jessica Dorman and Sarah R. Doerries
photography by Jim Zietz
designed by Tana Coman

Hardcover: 552 pages, 1,200+ illustrations
Product dimensions: 12½" x 9 ½"

Few of us think to preserve our family treasures until it's too late. Now, this practical guide shows just how to safeguard cherished photo albums, a fragile wedding dress, antique furniture, and numerous other precious family heirlooms for future generations.

Clearly written care instructions accompany a lively visual presentation that includes information boxes, checklists, and full-color pictures showing how to preserve leather-bound books, scrapbooks, family documents and other treasures on paper, home movies and videotape, clocks and watches, holiday ornaments, silverware, jewelry, musical instruments, military mementos, dolls, teddy bears, toy soldiers, and more. The text identifies organic and inorganic materials, items that are sensitive to humidity, and the special care required for each. Security and insurance issues, and the best materials and tools for cleaning, display, and storage, and where to find them, round out this immensely useful volume.

Authors: Jane S. Long and Richard W. Long
Paperback: 162 pages
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (September 1, 2000)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0810929098
Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.8 x 0.5 inches

Modern Magazine

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The 20th century witnessed the birth of the cool–the moment when art and culture cast off old models and embraced fresh viewpoints. This is the world of MODERN, a magazine that examines 20th century and contemporary design from all angles. MODERN comes from the publishers of Interview, Art in America, and The Magazine ANTIQUES.

MODERN profiles the creators–their work, personalities, inspirations, and ideas–and explores styles from the sleek and minimal to the bold and biomorphic. MODERN also enters into discussions with the curators, collectors, and dealers who celebrate these masters of innovation and uncover forgotten talents, and who are the engines behind the most vibrant area of today's decorative arts market

MODERN is published by Brant Malone Media and is a quarterly publication.

Modern Magazine Website: www.modernmag.com

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