Synopses & Reviews
Well known for her gorgeous design and style books, bestselling author Diane Dorrans Saeks now brings her flair for breathtaking interiors to a new series with a practical twist and a great price, the California Design Library. Starting with the kitchen and living room and featuring inspiring color photographs throughout, each edition focuses on one home area, setting the trend for homes around the country and offering ideas, examples, and tips from the professionals on everything from selecting a great sofa to choosing the right countertops. Diane Saeks consulted with designers, decorators, architects, savy homeowners, and, for Kitchens, even some of the country's best chefs, to discover the most exciting, livable, and innovative ideas in design today. Including big ideas for small spaces and advice on how to avoid common pitfalls, the California Design Librarymakes the comfortable elegance of West Coast style a perfect fit for almost any setting, wherever you live.
From: San Francisco Chronicle
By Casey Ellis
Design Series Shares Style Secrets
Is your kitchen dreary? Your living room lifeless? Whether you plan a major renovation or just want to inject a dash of pizzazz, you'll find step-by-step help in two new books by Diane Dorrans Saeks, a style writer and frequent Home Section contributor.
"Kitchens" and "Living Rooms" are the first volumes of the California Design Library--a series by Saeks from Chronicle Books.
Rich with color photographs, the books are compact in design small enough to tuck under your arm and tote along to a furniture store, but big enough to contain a myriad of marvelous ideas.
Both books are organized into two main sections: "Style Portfolio" showcases rooms of interior designers, architects and celebrity chefs; "Design Workbook" offers advice on subjects ranging from kitchen design to armchairs. Statewide guides to some of the most interesting home and garden stores are included.
Best of all, these books will help you design rooms that fit your tastes and lifestyle. "Design rules--those incredibly restrictive ideas about what has to go with what--have gone the way of the dodo bird," Saeks writes.
"The freshest and finest interior decor in California celebrates individuality, gives more than a passing glance to design history and revels in comfort and charm."
About the Author
Diane Dorrans Saeks is the California editor for Metropolitan Home, the interior design editor for PaperCity, the San Francisco correspondent for W and Women's Wear Daily, and a frequent contributor to national and international design publications. She