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Big, Easy Style: Creating Rooms You Love to Live In [Hardcover]

Bryan Batt , Katy Danos , Kerri McCaffety

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Book Description

Oct. 4 2011
An enchanting space that’s truly unique calls for a sense of humor, whimsy, and an open mind.
 
From a charmed New Orleans childhood to a successful acting career on Broadway and the award-winning TV show Mad Men to the opening of his popular Big Easy home furnishings boutique, Hazelnut, Bryan Batt has always turned to home design as a creative outlet. To him, the best rooms are unexpected yet refined and, above all, evoke emotion. He doesn’t think twice about hanging oversized decorations from a Mardi Gras float in an elegant dining room or bringing home vintage etchings of sconces when he was actually shopping for real ones. He believes that a vibrant orange wall can be a neutral backdrop for an antique writing desk and earthy accessories, and that an artist’s whimsical bird’s nest sculpture hung in a lavender entryway couldn’t serve as a better welcome into a cozy abode. New Orleans has taught Bryan so much about how to pull together a space that’s fearless and colorful with plenty of panache. With the city as his muse—its strong roots in history, its celebration of tradition, and, of course, the wild festivities of Mardi Gras—he believes that designing a fabulous, livable home that truly reflects a dweller’s passions need not be intimidating.
 
Big, Easy Style showcases rooms that make Bryan smile, with pages of rich photography featuring the work of many designers—and plenty of Crescent City interiors—framed by his own entertaining maxims on color, pattern, collecting, living areas, intimate spaces, and more. Explore rooms he’s personally designed and others that inspire him; from an old-world kitchen imported straight from the heart of France to a luxurious Art Deco media room, these homes are enticing and unique, and through their surprising details, completely inviting.
 
Decorating your home to reflect your personality and taste takes practice and patience and can be a daunting undertaking, but Bryan proposes that we not worry about making mistakes, that any decision we make is better than no decision at all. With Big, Easy Style, learn how to put aside your hesitation and surrender to the wild side of home design for a big statement that’s easy to achieve.


"You’ll love his collection of photographs of beautiful New Orleans rooms layered with his design tips and anecdotes of his own design experiences."—Southern Living

"[Big, Easy Style] reads like a hard-copy extension of Batt's personality--elegant, gregarious, funny, showman-like. The rooms he's chosen to showcase are painstakingly designed, yet, in that enviable way, appear so easily tossed together."— Susan Langenhennig, The Times Picayune

"With great passion and a zest for creativity, [Bryan Batt] and Katy Danos offer thoughtful tips on color, collecting, patterns and much more along the way. Kerri McCaffety captures the beauty of each room in her inviting photographs. I love Batt's unique whimsy style. How many of us would think of placing giant decorations from a Mardi Gras float in a lavish dining room? Or how about hanging an ornate crystal chandelier in the kitchen? Or what about painting a Chippendale-style chair mellow yellow. But they all work!"—Jeryl Brunner, Stylist.com

"If you've missed Bryan Batt since he left the set of Mad Men in 2009 (he played Salvatore Romano), catch up with him in a decor ode to his hometown: New Orleans. [In Big, Easy Style], we're treated to his vision of making rooms inviting, festive and ultimately setting the foundation for entertaining, which is what this get-down town is all about."—San Francisco Chronicle

"The book is full of Batt's tips. It's like spending an afternoon with someone who you'd like to watch decorate a home."-- Karen Dalton-Beninato, Huffington Post Books
 

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"You’ll love his collection of photographs of beautiful New Orleans rooms layered with his design tips and anecdotes of his own design experiences."—Southern Living

"[Big, Easy Style] reads like a hard-copy extension of Batt's personality--elegant, gregarious, funny, showman-like. The rooms he's chosen to showcase are painstakingly designed, yet, in that enviable way, appear so easily tossed together."— Susan Langenhennig, The Times Picayune

"With great passion and a zest for creativity, [Bryan Batt] and Katy Danos offer thoughtful tips on color, collecting, patterns and much more along the way. Kerri McCaffety captures the beauty of each room in her inviting photographs. I love Batt's unique whimsy style. How many of us would think of placing giant decorations from a Mardi Gras float in a lavish dining room? Or how about hanging an ornate crystal chandelier in the kitchen? Or what about painting a Chippendale-style chair mellow yellow. But they all work!"—Jeryl Brunner, Stylist.com

"If you've missed Bryan Batt since he left the set of Mad Men in 2009 (he played Salvatore Romano), catch up with him in a decor ode to his hometown: New Orleans. [In Big, Easy Style], we're treated to his vision of making rooms inviting, festive and ultimately setting the foundation for entertaining, which is what this get-down town is all about."—San Francisco Chronicle

"The book is full of Batt's tips. It's like spending an afternoon with someone who you'd like to watch decorate a home."-- Karen Dalton-Beninato, Huffington Post Books

About the Author

BRYAN BATT is an actor best known for his role on the Emmy Award–winning drama Mad Men as art director Sal Romano. He has performed in numerous Broadway and off-Broadway productions, including Jeffrey, Sunset Boulevard, and La Cage Aux Folles, and is the author of She Ain’t Heavy, She’s My Mother (Crown, 2010). Bryan and his store, Hazelnut, which he owns with his partner, Tom Cianfichi, have been featured on Regis and Kelly, The View, The Martha Stewart Show, and in Food & Wine, the New York Times, House Beautiful, InStyle, and other publications.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very inspiring , and not "more of the same" in design. Loved it... Oct. 14 2011
By Sauce - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The visuals, advice, and ideas in this book totally spoke to my tastes... eclectic and interesting ideas that are easy to translate and implement into one's own environment. I found it very inspiring. I find so many design books to be more of the same, with the same few ingredients "re-worked" to make a different room or so-called "look" (like ordering sushi... same ingredients, just thousands of combinations of how to put it all together). For me, this book has been great for spurring my own creative design juices - so real, and more interesting than anything else that I have seen lately. I love the advice on color, as well as the ideas for fabrics and use of furniture shapes/styles and combinations. I'm just about to make a change in my living room area as a result. It's interesting to me that inspiration from a simple source can change so much about your daily environment, and I'm looking forward to the changes.

Importantly, I found the ideas for picture arrangements to be just what I needed. I had tons of framed pieces piled up against a wall in a spare room (been gathering there for years). I grouped them, weeded some out, replaced a few frames (inexpensively) and now I have a whole new look going on with one wall. It suddenly seemed easy - such a sense of achievement!

I love this book - it's what I consider true "design" to be about - bringing together the old and the new into something that is so uniquely special, that it becomes art unto itself, while still being something that you can truly live in, and engage in, and enjoy. Environment has such a profound effect on so many things - so it's nice to have inspiration to bring everything together so that a room becomes truly unique and beautiful, not to be duplicated. This book helps you achieve that - very satisfying. And while it is very New Orleans in its inspiration, these styles and inspiration would be appreciated anywhere. This book, for me, was money very well spent.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars eye candy all around Oct. 15 2011
By Leslie E Castay - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Full disclosure: one of my rooms is featured in this book. Having said that, I was blown away when I first had the full copy in my hands. Not only have Batt and Danos selected eclectic, tastefully original rooms that reflect their owners' personalities, but the stories accompanying the sumptuous photos are a great and entertaining read. It's true that beautifully designed surroundings can improve the quality of one's lives. Bravo.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite Taste with a Special Flair Oct. 14 2011
By Melanie J. Schnieders - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I've just been reading and looking through this book. Bryan's style and taste is wonderful. So daring and fun!! I love the way different period pieces are combined to create such a personal and intimate space in each room. The use of color is spectacular and the ideas I'm getting from this book will last me a lifetime. The writing is very interesting and amusing as well. Basically, Bryan says show who YOU are in your home - I love that!!! And let's not forget the beautiful Katy Danos who helped Bryan with this book. She deserves applause as well!! :D
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the classic New Orleans May 17 2012
By artemis - Published on Amazon.com
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The rich Caribbean colors and curvilinear Victorian wood carvings that make New Orleans an unusually romantic setting do not get much exposure here. Antique lace and velvet are neglected for functional, modern looks that do not make the heart beat faster. It could be anywhere, USA after the 50's. As he points out, his design esthetic is masculine. If you're a guy, it may make your heart beat faster.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a recipe for New Orleans style gumbo Jan. 4 2012
By Lisa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I love this book so much! New Orleans has a distinctive style unlike any other North American city. It's interiors are a fusion of French, Caribbean, Spanish, African and traditional Southern styles.

It may be the only city in America where the cool, fun, creative people still own antiques. If you like, or have inherited, antiques but don't want your house to look like Grandma's, this is an essential book (along with Southern Cosmopolitan).

Big, Easy Style is incredibly chic, but the writing is non-snobby New Orleans hospitality. Bravo.

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