Home / Design + Inspire / Travel + Discover / Buy the Book / The Finest Rooms: Interior Design

The Finest Rooms: Interior Design

Last month, our local Borders book store shut its doors forever. I know… bummer!! The only bright spot for me is that I was able to pick up a fantastic, recently published book, The Finest Rooms in America, for 40% off.

Finest Rooms in America book

This compilation of 50 gorgeous rooms, selected by interior decorator Thomas Jayne, celebrates the most elegantly designed rooms in America, dating back 200 years, beginning with George Washington’s Mount Vernon and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. I highly recommend adding this book to your shelf, even at full price! Here are some of my favorites, though I could have easily share dozens more….


Winter Garden Room: New York City
This room, which overlooks Central Park, was designed by Henri Samuel around 18th century painted Chinoiserie panels taken from a Belgium chateau. Notice how the lovely raised trellis pattern on the shutters is echoed in the plant stand and gold chair trim. The other photo in the book shows that the room is filled with an abundance of potted plants and flowers, as well as being bathed in natural light.


Sitting Room: New York City
I simply adore this blue color accented with gold and “framed” in the black and white mini-print wallpaper. Simply stunning and stunningly simple interior design by the legendary Albert Hadley.


Living Room: San Francisco
This Nob Hill living room, owned and designed by Jeffry Weisman, features many elements that were gifts from the great Tony Duquette, as well as amazing and expansive mirrored walls. Mirror and more mirror. My kind of place!


Dining Room: Palm Beach
Designer Thad Hayes had commissioned Gracie to replicate the original Chinoiserie hand-painted wallpaper for this 1938 home designed by Marion Sims Wyeth. Lynne Rutter has written a fab article on Chinoiserie for the new Artisphere Online magazine, BTW!


Reception Room: Portland, Maine
What is now the Victoria Mansion began as a stately brownstone villa decorated in the mid 1850’s by Gustave Herter (of the Herter Brothers firm) and saved from demolition (thankfully!) in the 1940’s. The extensive and inspiring decorative painting was done by a leading decorative painter of Herter’s time, Guisseppe Guidicini.


Bedroom: New York City
Designed by the late Mark Hampton, this bedroom in his family apartment’s prominent feature is the Chinese wallpaper hand painted on a silver ground. Hampton took the risk to roll the paper into tight balls to crease it before installation to give it some “age” and surface texture to reflect the light inevenly. Way to roll! It’s super lovely.


Dressing Room: Vizcaya
If you ever, EVER find yourself in South Florida don’t miss the opportunity to visit one of this country’s great historical houses, Vizcaya. I’ve been there twice now, and would easily go back in a heartbeat. Unfortunately, they do not allow you to photograph in the house, so seeing this dressing in this book was a special thrill. The fully restored linen canopy is completely hand-embroidered. I did a post several years ago on my now abandoned blog, The Art of Living, if you’d like to see more of Vizcaya.

This book is full of many beautiful examples on Chinoiserie, antique mirrors, tasteful interiors, and tasty design ideas. I hope you enjoyed a little peek!


  1. OH. MY. GOODNESS. What a gorgeous book find and post! I think every room was my favorite until I saw the next one. Thankfully, there’s no real need to pick a fave – just enjoy the beauty of them all. Thanks, Melanie!

  2. 오늘축구중계시간《《 Mir101.COM【카톡:Pro9999】 》》 프로토확률 축구승무패당첨금 메이저놀이터-http://www.mir101.com/ 메이저놀이터-http://nave88.com/ 메이저놀이터-http://www.mir101.com/ 메이저놀이터-http://nave88.com/

  3. 해외실시간배당( >→mir101.COM 카톡pro9999←< ) 인터넷배팅사이트 픽추천 사설토토-http://www.mir101.com/ 사설토토-http://nave88.com/ 사설토토-http://www.mir101.com/ 사설토토-http://nave88.com/

  4. 잉글랜드FA컵경기일정( >→mir101.COM 카톡pro9999←< ) 축구토토승무패당첨금 메이저놀이터-http://www.mir101.com/ 메이저놀이터-http://nave88.com/ 메이저놀이터-http://www.mir101.com/ 메이저놀이터-http://nave88.com/

  5. The Ozolians, Locrians, Aetolians, ass well as Acarnians still adhered to that old way of lfe as mucch as the fifth century.The remarkable point is, the RayBans top-sellingstyles haveactually been around for near too 70 years however are still being as well as offering put on today.Raher no item, no matter just how fantastikc the ndividuals runbning the project, can accomplish the popularity andalso eminence that RayBans gotten to iif the item will not deliver as it assured.The Great Ouse, after that referrd to as the Aldreth River, flowed west, itsresource west of Stretham. Zauriel then supplies to join thhem against Blight.After even more than 2500 years of demi-God as well as Good praise, andafter that by 1200 ywars as a myth, the 20th as weell as 21st centuries havee seen thecureent chapters in the story of Imhotep. I have actually never ever seen the question that you revealed here.I made use oof to be a vehicle chauffeur yet I am far also young to keep in mind whwn the Teamsters were around.They made an abrupt attack after the entirely unarmed annd ndefended cityof Mycalessus in Boeotia, plundering homes and holy places, murdering young aandalso old, including females aand youngsters, all the children in a college, also draft pets and also every little thing to life.I’m Canadian, as well as our “Conservative Party” is leftwing in some areas.

  6. 콜로라도경기일정% ⦅†† mir101、com 카톡pro9999††⦆ %울산광주분석 챔스결승토토 안전놀이터-http://www.mir101.com/ 안전놀이터-http://nave88.com/ 안전놀이터-http://www.mir101.com/ 안전놀이터-http://nave88.com/

  7. 토토분석카페% ⦅†† mir101、com 카톡pro9999††⦆ %축구무료픽 프로토매니아 안전놀이터-http://www.mir101.com/ 안전놀이터-http://nave88.com/ 안전놀이터-http://www.mir101.com/ 안전놀이터-http://nave88.com/

  8. My coder is trying to convince me to move to .net from PHP.I have always disliked the idea because of the expenses.But he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been using WordPresson various websites for about a year and am anxious about switching to another platform.I have heard great things about blogengine.net.Is there a way I can import all my wordpress posts into it?Any kind of help would be greatly appreciated!

Scroll To Top