A private retreat, a place to welcome friends and neighbors, a showcase for our most treasured possessions and memories -- each person's home is as different and unique as they themselves are. We live in and through the space we call our home; it is a space that defines and expands our sense of self, of who we are and of the world around us. In the revolutionary home design manual Zona Home: Essential Designs for Living, world-renowned interior expert Louis Sagar, using his decades of experience as one of the most innovative and influential lifestyle retailers in the world, reveals the best ways to create the ideal living environment and provides a creative interpretation of how the natural and sensorial world can be brought into the home.
Rather than viewing the home as just a place to hang your hat or to sleep off the stresses of the day, Zona Home offers suggestions for turning your abode into a vibrant, vital space that provides a comfortable haven from the trials of the outside world. Over 200 beautiful full-color photographs compliment a text woven from Sagar's reflections, anecdotes from Zona's history, and abundant practical information, providing a fantastic sense of the myriad possibilities for designing a home based on the inimitable style created by personal experience. The book is divided into four sections, which cover everything from conceptualizing your ideal home to fulfilling the real needs of your current living space.
Feeling at Home: Key concepts of the basic Zona philosophy ("Creating a Sense of Welcome" and "Bringing the Garden Inside," for instance) and describes the principles of comfort that will determine the kind of home you want to make.
Learing to See: How to develop personal style with the help of natural materials and a deeper understanding of your home's architectural environment.
Hitting the Road: An introduction to new sources for collectibles, and a stirring evocation of travel's importance as an inspiration for your homes evolving decor.
These sections are packed with honest, helpful features relating to all stages of home development, including "A Checklist to Plan for Your Ideal Home," "Making Visual Potpourri," "Decorating Your Walls," "Building Collections" and "At Home with Technology," that offer concrete solutions to hard-to-solve problems such as what to do with "too much stuff."
Sagar shares many of his trade secrets, acquaints readers first-hand with the numerous domestic and international craftspeople that Zona works with to create its definitive aesthetic, and provides a core list of titles that no home should be without. Throughout his career Sagat has bucked short-lived trends and emphasized quality, hand-crafted pieces and natural materials and the importance of the natural, textural, sensorial in the creation of a successful living space. From buying at antique shows to using rock salt and peppercorns as decorative elements, Zona Home contains unique, useful information that everyone can use.
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For those who find Martha Stewart a bit too flinty and dogmatic, Sagar, owner of what he modestly refers to as the "ideal Soho store" in Manhattan (there are also Zona outposts in Aspen, Colo., East Hampton, N.Y., Florence and Tokyo) offers an alternative with a New Age spin. Such sections as "Learning to See" and "Creating the Space" contain brief chapters, illustrated with 240 rich, moodily atmospheric photographs, in which Sagar instructs the reader how to "activate" the ideal home, defined as one that is "in balance." He advises homeowners to develop a "mission statement" that includes budgetary constraints as well as functional and aesthetic goals, to "look at an object and feel its energy" all the while keeping in mind the importance of connecting to the "textural and elemental" in nature. He discusses collectibles, placement of objects and is not above pronouncements of his own: "Never leave newspapers and magazines around, and always find a special hiding place for personal mail." Some readers may note that many of the practical tips seem aimed at the truly dense or naive ("double check that your [dining room] table will fit not just in the space but through the front doors and up any stairs"), and that the final section on traveling and antiquing seems tacked on, as though included to add some heft to the volume. Yet, the total package remains highly seductive, its assured text and lush photographs subtly retailing dreams of perfectly designed domestic bliss. 30,000 first printing; $50,000 ad/promo; author tour.
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