An Affair with a House

An Affair With a House

An Affair with a House

By Bunny Williams, Christine Pittel, Fritz Vonderschulenberg (Illustrated by), Richard Felber (Illustrated by)

No matter what its size or location, everyone wants their house to become a warm and welcoming environment in which friends and family can gather. For Bunny Williams, one of the America’s premier interior designers and John Rosselli, one of New York City’s most respected antique dealers, this home is an eighteenth-century New England manor house.

Once abandoned, yet clearly possessed of a gracious past, Williams and Rosselli reclaimed the house and gave it new life as their warm and loving home. As Williams says, “Buying a house is like falling in love, you don’t notice the bad parts.” In this magnificent book, she describes how they restored each room of this well-worn house and resurrected its abandoned gardens. In tracing this evolution, she and Rosselli touch on such topics as the architecture of the great American and English country houses as well as interior decor and the philosophy of mixing different design styles. “An Affair with a House” is more than just a design book, that provides a wealth of advice from two experts – it also addresses the subject of domesticity and casual entertaining. Included are simple decorating solutions and a discussion of such practical matters as adequately stocking the pantry and linen closet. They have even included a few of their favorite recipes made with homegrown vegetables and herbs.

From The Publisher:

For 28 years the world-renowned interior designer Bunny Williams has been involved in a passionate love affair with an18th-century New England manor house that she found in sad repair. From the moment she walked up the driveway and her palms began to perspire, Williams knew she wanted the affair to last forever. In her sumptuous new book, “An Affair with a House,” the venerable decorator describes in detail how she and her husband, antiques dealer John Rosselli, rescued, nurtured, renovated, and decorated the well-worn house, giving it new life as they restored each room, resurrected the abandoned gardens, and filled this weekend home with family and friends.
Through photographs, anecdotes, how-tos, and recipes, Williams provides a rare inside look at a top decorator’s retreat and explains how she approached the joys, pleasures, challenges, obstacles, and day-to-day realities of creating a beautiful, comfortable country home. “An Affair with a House” provides a wealth of advice on interior decor and such topics as mixing design styles, but it also addresses such practical matters as stocking the pantry and outfitting the linen closet. Beautiful photographs of the house, the gardens, and the property’s rustic structures provide an intimate glimpse of the couple’s lifestyle and illustrate a way of life we can all appreciate and learn from.

An Affair with a House
An Affair with a House

Publisher: Stewart, Tabori & Chang Inc
ISBN: 1584794704
EAN: 9781584794707
Dimensions: 28.35 x 27.58 x 2.82 centimeters (1.85 kg)

It retails for around $99.97 from online retailers such as Fishpond.co.nz

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