Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Spring Book Releases
The Spring book release season is in full swing, and two recent publications have captured my attention: One Man's Folly: The Exceptional Houses of Furlow Gatewood by Julia Reed and Linens by Jane Scott Hodges. I am sure that most of you are at the very least familiar with these two books, but for those who might not be aware of them, let me give you an introduction to both.
One Man's Folly is a photographic tour of the Americus, Georgia compound of designer Furlow Gatewood. I use the word "compound" as Gatewood has peppered his spacious property with houses and outbuildings that are decorated in Gatewood's inimitable style. Each room is filled with comfortable fabrics and furnishings mixed with interesting objects and inherited treasures. The result are interiors that are well-mannered and genteel yet carefree and easy-going, all attributes which speak to Gatewood's Southern upbringing as well as the property's South Georgia location. With text written by Julia Reed, one of my favorite Southern writers, One Man's Folly is a worthy addition to one's library.
Then there is Linens by Jane Scott Hodges, who is the founder and owner of Leontine Linens. Hodges's book is also a photographic tour, one that captures Leontine's famous linens in use in some very swell interiors. Alongside copious interior photos are designer tips on decorating and living with linen as well as information on linen basics. If you have a passion for linen, then this book should be right up your alley.
*To purchase a copy of One Man's Folly, visit Amazon or Barnes & Noble. For Linens, visit Barnes & Noble or Amazon.
One Man's Folly:
All photos used with permission of Rizzoli. One Man's Folly by Julia Reed, Rizzoli publisher; Linens by Jane Scott Hodges, Rizzoli publisher.