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Big, Easy Style: Creating Rooms You Love to Live In Hardcover – Oct 4 2011

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Style; 1 edition (Oct. 4 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307591905
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307591906
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 2.5 x 26.1 cm
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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,

"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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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa4c3e7ec) out of 5 stars 28 reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4cc02b8) out of 5 stars Very inspiring , and not "more of the same" in design. Loved it... Oct. 14 2011
By Sauce - Published on
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4cc030c) out of 5 stars Exquisite Taste with a Special Flair Oct. 14 2011
By Melanie J. Schnieders - Published on
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
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4cc0744) out of 5 stars eye candy all around Oct. 15 2011
By Leslie E Castay - Published on
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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4cc0b04) out of 5 stars Bryan Batt's Magnificent Style Manifesto Oct. 20 2011
By Ethel Mermaid - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Big, Easy Style is a guidebook for creating unique environments of every dimension. A sitting room, a tiny hallway bath, a grand salon or a hallway, Bryan takes the reader step by step to take things we love and use them to their greatest visual impact. Even better, he shows us how to use them effectively, but without looking too studied.
The best lesson, and perhaps the main theme of Bryan's entire book, is to throw out the rules of decorating. Don't fear color, but embrace your favorites as neutral backdrops (even purple, orange or red) to showcase your favorite things. Your room won't decorate itself, but evolve as you start with a few key pieces and begin to build on them.
When Bryan tells stories about his charmed New Orleans childhood and love of diverse architectural styles, you can see that his experiences mirror our own: visiting Grandma's formal home and drinking in its personality, hanging out in his parents' more modern place, and strolling through the ornate French Quarter, perhaps thinking "If I lived there..."
Bryan has provided us with artistic photographs of rooms of many styles, and shown us how to use amazing finds like hanging Lucite bubble glass chairs, Louis IVX settees and artwork of every style. The seamless but casual way he integrates everything from suptuous antiques to attic treasures and thrift store lamps is an outstanding primer that any novice can enjoy and use to help find his or her own big, easy style.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4cc0ab0) out of 5 stars Perfect title. Oct. 14 2011
By lala - Published on
Format: Hardcover
If you do nothing more than buy this gorgeous book and display it on a coffee table, you'll have elevated the style (and introduced some color!) in your home. But don't stop there...peak inside and you'll find easy ideas that will get your creative juices flowing. And it's so much fun to be invited into so many fab New Orleans homes. It's inspiring to see how folks manage to both preserve the past and celebrate the energy of today's Big Easy with such style and elegance and flare. This is much more than a design's a book that captures the very essence of the explosion of talent creating beautiful music and art and cuisine and life in general in New Orleans these days.