Designers Abroad: Inside the Vacation Homes of America's Top Decorators by Michele Keith

Designers Abroad:
Inside the Vacation Homes of Top Decorators
By Michele Keith

Published by The Monacelli Press
On sale now in bookstores throughout the US and around the world.
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For some, vacation homes offer an opportunity to escape from the office, to shut off, to wind down. For decorators, however, vacation homes mean just the opposite—they provide the opportunity to bring work home as they roam the globe, honing their design sensibilities and expanding collections of treasures. Designers Abroad takes the reader on a tour of the world, from Sri Lanka to South Africa to Sweden, by peeking into the gorgeously appointed homes of renowned interior designers. In lively and dynamic text, Michele Keith explores how they incorporate the distinct and native character of a foreign land into their second homes, all the while expressing their own personal style. Embracing new cultures’ climates, architectural traditions, and indigenous art, fabrics, and furniture, each designer creates a space at once comfortable and glamorous, a place of solace and inspiration.

Designers Abroad offers inside looks into residences ranging from a chic studio in Paris to a house perched on a windswept cliff in Nova Scotia, from a beachside abode nestled among boulders in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, to a former monastery in Rome dating back to the fifteenth century. Each project is accompanied by the story of how its design was conceived and executed, and how the attributes of each country inspired its owners—including Lars Bolander, Alessandra Branca, Clodagh, Timothy Corrigan, Mica Ertegun, Fisher Weisman, Juan Pablo Molyneux, Juan Montoya, and Cortney and Robert Novogratz among others. Designers Abroad demonstrates how these great talents showcase their passion for travel into their own interiors, and thus inspires readers to add a touch of the exotic to their own homes.

Enjoy some snaps from the book signings held around the country. (click to enlarge)


Michele Keith author of Designers Abroad

About the Author:
Michele Keith is a freelance writer based in New York City. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times, Luxe Interiors + Design, Cottages and Gardens, and ASID NY Metro Design. Her previous books include Designers Here and There (The Monacelli Press, 2010), Country Living Easy Makeovers (Hearst Books, 2009) and Great Country French Style (Meredith Books, 2006). In her spare time, she declutters, organizes and styles clients' homes through her company FAST FIX.