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