Hot Reads: Textiles and Monographs


I have been catching up on my reading during the coldest February in a long time in the Midwest.  I thought you might be looking for some design inspiration, information or just plain gorgeous images too. Here’s my curated list of my must- have books from my personal library to yours.


hot reads linens for every room and occasion

 Linens: For Every Room and Occasion by  Jane Scott Hodges.

If you are a detail devotee, this book is for you. Jane Scott Hodges, founder of Leontine Linens explores the rich tradition and technique of decorative embellishments on soft furnishings.







hot reads printed textiles

Printed Textiles: British and American Cottons and Linens 1700-1850 by Linda Eaton

Eaton, senior Curator of Textiles at Winterthur, has updated this classic with a focus on furnishing fabrics (known as furnitures.) This is a particularly thorough study into the origins, designs, patterns and colors that make up printed textiles.








hot reads indigoIndigo by Catherine LeGrand

The story of Indigo and its place in the world of textiles past and present.








The French ribbon

The French Ribbon

This book has 600+ photographs of swatch books and ad leaflets that were taken when a century old factory closed in France. It can be an amazing source of design and ornamentation ideas.


Monographs- Homages to Design and Style Icons


hot reads suspending realitySuspending Reality Interiors of Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz by Linda O’Keefe

Suspending Reality features more than sixty of Noriega- Ortiz’s projects and includes intimate looks at homes for his celebrity clientele, luxury spaces at the chain of Mondrian hotels around the country, and his own famed all-white apartment in Manhattan and vibrantly colored Rockaways getaway. Noriega-Ortiz is known for, sought-after, and celebrated for the unusual sense of openness and light of his projects, effected through his subtle use of color, materials, classical architecture, and the unexpected integration of timeless fashion.





hot reads inner spacesInner Spaces by Brian Coleman

The first book on the interior designs of San Francisco–based Paul Vincent Wiseman and The Wiseman Group, showcases distinctive homes where clients find themselves at peace in a profound way. The hallmarks of Wiseman interiors are superb details executed in custom furniture and furnishings.







hot reads elsie de wolfeElsie de Wolfe: Frivolity before the Storm

This book gives us a peek into Wolfe’s legendary parties. Designers second career could be event planning…  BTW- Villa Trianon, Elsie’s French chateau near Versailles is being restored as a tribute to her career. Hell yes…after all she is the Mother of American Interiors Design and almost singlehandedly dragged us out of decorating crazy town called the Victorian era.







hot reads inspired byInspired By by Kathryn Ireland

Ireland reflects on the friends and colleagues that have inspired her through tours of their homes and the spaces they have created. The book is sprinkled with short interviews and filled with gorgeous images.


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