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Those of us who love interior design never tire of thinking of new ways to improve our homes. Here is our selection of newly published books that we think will inspire you this fall.  

—The Editors of MILIEU


A Wandering Eye: Travels with My Phone (Vendome; $45)

By Miguel Flores-Vianna

Everyone’s a photographer now with the invention of the Smartphone. But Miguel Flores-Vianna, who is a regular contributing photographer to MILIEU, has raised that ability to shoot from a phone to an art form. He is, after all, an artist. From his recent travels throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas, Flores-Vianna has chosen 250 compelling images that speak not only of the place he is visiting, but also about himself as an artist. We’re happy to follow him on his travels.


Near & Far: Interiors I Love (Vendome; $60)

By Lisa Fine; Photography by Miguel Flores-Vianna; Foreword by Deborah Needleman

To visit any of Lisa Fine’s homes in Dallas, New York, and Paris is to see evidence of her travels all over the world. The designer reveals here the places about which she is most passionate and from which she derives much inspiration, notably the Mughal palaces and gardens of India, the eighteenth-century home of Carl Linnaeus in Sweden, the whitewashed retreat of interior designer John Stefanidis on Patmos, the idyllic country house and garden of London-based designer Penny Morrison, and the storied house in the Tangier Casbah belonging to collectors Jamie Creel and Marco Scarani.


The New Elegance: Stylish, Comfortable Rooms for Today (Rizzoli; $60)

By Timothy Corrigan; Contribution by Michael Boodro

It’s one of the hardest things for an interior designer to accomplish: create rooms that are decidedly elegant yet accessible, comfortable, and liveable. That is a dynamic that Timothy Corrigan has accomplished repeatedly. This book reveals his ongoing ability to combine a European sensibility with an American penchant for comfort and ease. Apart from being able to indulge in his interior designs, this book also offers practical advice to the reader about how best to establish scale, proportion, and symmetry in our own interiors.


Beige Is Not A Color: The Full-Spectrum World of Carlos Mota (Vendome Press; $75)

By Carlos Mota

It’s fair to say that Carlos Mota does not see the world in black and white—or in beige. The noted producer of interior design features for publications and other venues looks for, seeks out, and revels in color. He has traveled the world, taking photos along the way that speak of his eye for color. He urges us all to see what he sees, and to even employ a new palette in our own lives. For him, color is not just about interiors overall, but also about the specific elements within rooms—everything from tabletops to artworks on the wall.


Robert Stilin: Interiors (Vendome Press; $60)

By Robert Stilin; Photography by Stephen Kent Johnson

The rooms that Robert Stilin creates for his clients are like no others. His rooms manage to be clean-lined, yet warm, thoroughly contemporary and modern, yet adorned with antiques and vintage pieces. His special aesthetic is revealed here through fifteen projects of varying scale and budget. We enter New York townhouses and apartments, Hamptons beach houses, country retreats, and city lofts. Like all talented interior designers, Stilin addresses and articulate his vision, while also honoring those of his clients. The door is open in this book to his best works to date.


Pierre Yovanovitch: Interior Architecture (Rizzoli; $65)

By Pierre Yovanovitch; Introduction by Olivier Gabet; Foreword by Claire Tabouret

The Paris-based Pierre Yovanovitch is often referred to as an interior architect, given his uncanny ability to create the actual exterior of a space as well as its interior. This book, the first to document his work, reveals the sheer scope of his talents. Readers tour completed residential projects in New York, London, Tel Aviv, Provence, the Swiss Alps, and elsewhere, all of which highlight his signature haute couture aesthetic. It’s no wonder that he is among the most sought-after designers of our time.


Francois Halard: A Visual Diary (Rizzoli; $95)

By Francois Halard

When Francois Halard photographs an interior, it’s as if he has discerned the story behind it. His photographs tell stories, apart from the text. This new volume takes off from his earlier one (Francois Halard: A Photographic Life), but is distinguished by the fact that here he also documents his passion for the history of a space. Included in the book are his revealing photographs of Philip Johnson’s and Charles James’s de Menil house, Giorgio Morandi's studio, Rick Owens's Paris apartment, and the New York home and studio of the late Louise Bourgeois. Halard captures the inherent glamour and style of a well-designed space.


Inside Tangier: Houses & Gardens (Vendome; $75)

By Nicolò Castellini Baldissera; Photography by Guido Taroni; Foreword by Hamish Bowles
It's the Moroccan city that has long attracted a bohemian class of folk from Europe and America. While the caliber of those settling in the white-walled city may have changed over the years, those who do come to Tangier are still dazzled by the colors, patterns, architecture, and customs on display. This volume looks at some of the city's more recent inhabitants, including the late Yves Saint Laurent, antiques dealer Gordon Watson, and interior designer Frank de Biasi. Readers learn fast while the city remains alluring.