Week Forty-nine: Holiday Gift Books/Living Edition

Though the world turns more digital every day, I still prefer print for finding inspiration. A few of the new lifestyle books I’m poring over this holiday are:

Edible Selby (Abrams, $35) Todd Selby’s latest book allows you to take a foodie tour of the world from the comfort of an armchair. (And at a fraction of the cost, though you’ll be left with a strong itch to head to the airport in search of a great meal.) Edible Selby is put together in the same format as his blog and NYTimes pieces, and offers an enticing combination of photos, sketches + interviews. St. John, Tartine Bakery, and Mistral are among the destinations receiving the Selby treament this go round, but fingers crossed there are plans for a Volume Two.

Elegantissima (Princeton Architectural Press, $40) Louise Fili‘s graphic designs never fail to delight. A master of typography, Fili’s branding work lends old world styling a feel that is at the same time, very of-the-moment. This first monograph highlights some of my favorites from Fili’s portfolio, including Sarabeth’s Kitchen, The Bedford Post Inn, and The Mermaid Inn. (With a specialty in restaurants + food packaging, it’s no wonder that I’m smitten!)

English Decoration (Ryland, Peters & Small, $40) Renaissance man Ben Pentreath is not only an accomplished architect, he has an über-charming shop in London’s Bloomsbury neighborhood, filled with objets and curiosities for the home, and he still finds time to pen an “Inspiration” blog filled with personality, stories, and lots of glorious photos. Arranged by room type, English Decoration is a wonderful compilation of Pentreath’s decorating successes and a gives you an appreciation for the thoughtfulness he brings to his practice.

A Living Space (Rizzoli, $49.95) It must be said: I am crazy for the Kit Kemp aesthetic, which manages to project whimsy and elegance simultaneously. Not the easiest combination to pull off, and yet Kemp makes it look effortless. It is no surprise that I was eagerly anticipating her new book. Filled with photos from her Firmdale hotel properties in London and New York, as well as the Kemp’s home, A Living Space is certain to inspire more than a few decorating projects in the new year. (You can watch Kit Kemp personally introduce her new book at YouTube.)

a living space was purchased by jane potrykus, all others were review copies supplied upon request.

photos, layout + type by jane potrykus