For all you Anglophiles, Francophiles and Aussiephiles out there, here’s what we’re reading this month at HGTV.com.
• Lili Zarghami, Managing Editor: I just finished reading the Feb/March issue of the Aussie mag Adore Home. With young boy and girl twins (4th birthday tomorrow!) at home, I am constantly searching for well-designed, gender neutral ideas that I can use for their shared bedroom. Personally, I cannot abide cartoon characters or anything overly precious. So, I was thrilled to see three different rooms in Adore Home that feature bold, bright palettes for kids rooms that would work for boys or girls (or both at the same time!) as well as the parents who have to share the same house.
As this new digital shelter magazine is produced on the other side of the globe, many of the products will be hard to find in the States. But ideas and colors know no boundaries. (If you like the Catherine Martin Circus Silhouettes wallpaper shown above, you’re in luck. Sydney Harbour Paint Company in California carries it in red and blue.)
• Anna Millman, Online Programming Manager: From the haute couture dining room in a 220-foot superyacht to one of the biggest apartments in Manhattan, Alberto Pinto has been called “an interior design magician,” and his work spans practically every continent. As seen in his latest book, Alberto Pinto Today, Pinto achieves effortless perfection in every vernacular with artful vigor. After reading it, I think you’ll agree, Pinto’s talent is limitless. (No surprise, he’s a Chevalier (knight) awarded the Legion d’Honneur, the highest civilian award in France.)
Throughout this sumptuously bound book, you’ll find that natural elements make dynamic statements in Pinto’s designs. I did a double take when I came across the dining room photo below. Look at how the calm simplicity of the nautical color scheme is jazzed by the effervescent juxtaposition of sycamore veneer laid in a herringbone pattern sporting darker wood dots. On the right, Hollywood glitz, modern sculptural fixtures and an ancient Han horse hold their own against the backdrop of panoramic views of skyscrapers and Central Park in this Manhattan flat. Alberto Pinto is a maestro, and I’ll be spending plenty of time reading and rereading his book.
• Also on my reading list: In this her seventh book, Britain’s first lady of interior design, Kelly Hoppen, offers a master class and a proper steeping in what defines the ‘Hoppen’ style. I’m only through the first chapter, and I’m already enthralled with the book and Kelly’s deep-dive insights on her designs.
The vintage polished steel and brass triangular coffee table pictured in the book cover is a fabulous find and commanding statement piece for her luxuriously feminine living room. Add Kelly Hoppen Interiors to your online shopping cart and prepare to drool over hundreds of stunningly photographed, jaw-dropping designs. Fashion icon and friend Victoria Beckham, aka Posh Spice, says in the forward that Kelly “has an aesthetic like no other.” I think it’s out of this world. If I had oodles of money, £3996 to be exact, I would sign up for Kelly’s 5-day “Design School” offered from her studio in Notting Hil. At least I have her book.