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By author: Kathryn M. Ireland
Product Code: 30319
ISBN: 978-1-4236-3031-9
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
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Kathryn M. Ireland Timeless Interiors

European tradition meets California informality and globe-trekker chic.

From stateside townhomes in New York, beach houses in the Hamptons and Malibu, and ranch homes in California to farmhouses in the English countryside and Southwest France, this collection of Kathryn Ireland’s interiors moves up and down the sliding scale of formality.

As Timeless Interiors demonstrates, a Kathryn Ireland–designed space, no matter how playful and unorthodox, is always inviting and livable. As her fabric design business thrived and expanded, so her interior style began to incorporate elements of from her expansive travels—paisleys, ikats, and madras— taking on a lively globe-trekker chic appeal.

This mid-career report card showcases rooms and residences that Kathryn designed last week and as far back as 20 years ago. Even her earliest installations are aging extremely well, like a good Bordeaux.

Kathryn M. Ireland is among House & Garden's "10 to Watch" architects and designers expected to influence 21st-century style. She starred in Bravo TV's Million Dollar Decorator in 2011. She is the author of Summers in France, Creating a Home and Classic Country. She divides her time between Santa Monica, California, and Montauban, France.

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Review by: Rebecca Christian, Tradition Home - December 8, 2012

Beautiful saturated colors, arresting fabrics, and a style that blends California dreamin’ with European sensibility characterize the rooms in the new book Kathryn M. Ireland Timeless Interiors (Gibbs-Smith, 2012).

Kathryn, an interior designer and fabric designer whose work has graced our pages, starred in Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorator in 2011.

As a fan of playwright David Mamet, I was glad to get a glimpse at the good-looking, easygoing style Kathryn gave his home in Santa Monica. It was designed by John Byers in the thirties, who was known for his Spanish Colonial Revival and Monterrey-style homes. Here’s a closeup of a bookshelf with memorabilia from plays of Mamet’s that have been made into movies.

“What I love about the Southern California houses built between the First and Second World Wars is that the architects of that period, Byers among them, understood that exterior living spaces were as important as the interiors,” Kathryn writes in the book. “So they created lovely interior fluidity through clear, distinct rooms and plenty of garden and patio space for outdoor living.”

Here’s an example from the grounds of a Santa Barbara horse ranch: ahhhh

As a bibliophile, I always think of home as a form of autobiography, and Kathryn is expert at letting her clients’ lives tell stories in their homes. I especially love the screening room she designed in the home of film director Robert Zemeckis. Kathryn says, “I merely had to camouflage the projection port with a large painting that could rise mechanically for screenings.” (The painting itself, charmingly, is of film watchers.)

While they were designing this home, Kathryn says, she and the client were so in sync they could finish each other’s sentences. It shows.

Review by: Amy Elbert, Traditional Home - May 1, 2013
"Lush, layered rooms steeped in color and texture are Kathryn Ireland's signature. The designer showcases eight of her favorite projects and details the creative process behind each of them. Tips include finding color inspiration, her go-to shops and sources, and the magical power of designer-client friendships."

Summers In France
SKU:  06727

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