The best books for winter? To us, these are the best of the best to have on hand as the winter chills the air, according to our devoted bibliophile, Lance Avery Morgan.
FLOWER COLOR THEORY
By Darroch and Michael Putnam
Here is the only guide that uses color theory as inspiration for flower arrangements. The book features 175 displays showing the myriads of ways to combine flowers of different hues, all built around color schemes. This fully illustrated guide will inspire readers to create lush, romantic, and effortlessly elegant creations of their own.
$35. At Phaidon.com.
MAKE LIFE BEAUTIFUL
By Shea McGee and Syd McGee
Netflix and Instagram stars Syd and Shea McGee’s new design book offers a behind-the-scenes look at how the couple transformed Shea’s small room of fabric samples and big dream of becoming a designer into one of the most successful and fastest-growing interior design businesses in the country.
$26.99. At Harper-Horizon.com.
THE MONOCLE BOOK OF GENTLE LIVING
By Tyler Brûlé and Josh Fehnert
This guide to slowing down, enjoying more, and being happy with slower living urges us all to find new creative pastimes, to unplug (literally and figuratively), and to take time to breathe as the news cycle has sped up and communities have become increasingly atomized and isolated.
FILM NOIR STYLE
By Kimberly Truhler
Escape to a world long ago of high-style and glamorous films to celebrate some of the genre’s most influential films and stars while examining the historical context of the time. Here’s the story behind the stories of the style of 20 of film noir’s most important feature films.
$45. At GoodKnightBooks.com.
MID-CENTURY MODERN DESIGN: A COMPLETE SOURCEBOOK
By Dominic Bradbury
The ultimate survey of the mid-century era’s modern design and architecture is now available in a sleek, compact edition. Included within is a cadre of rich examples of sleek contemporary design from furniture, lighting, and ceramics to textiles, graphics, interiors, and architecture.
$50. At ThamesAndHudsonUSA.com.
ON FIRE: THE FIREFIGHTERS OF FRANCE
By Fred Goudon
We all understand the importance of first responders and especially firefighters, in a time of need. Shot in France, this is bound to raise the temperature, of photography aficionados everywhere, of these good men doing good deeds to help those most in need.
$55. At RizzoliUSA.com.
LOS ANGELES TODAY: CITY OF DREAMS: ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN
By Tim Street Porter and Annie Kelley
Tour the city’s rich architectural and design history as well as a neighborhood-by-neighborhood stroll to visit stylish museums, the flourishing arts districts, chic homes, and the L.A. of film and television–all set against the dramatic backdrops of sky and sea.
$65. At RizzoliUSA.com.
CHATEAU LAFITE: THE ALMANAC
By Baron Éric de Rothschild and Saskia de Rothschild
Here’s a look at 150 vintages of Château Lafte, revealing pivotal moments since the family founded the winery in 1868, the grape blends that mark each vintage, along with portraits by master photographers like Robert Doisneau, Richard Avedon, and Paolo Roversi.
$175. At RizzoliUSA.com.
BILL CUNNINGHAM WAS THERE
By John Kurdewan and Steven Stolman
The legendary New York Times photographer chronicled society and fashion while celebrating the people, the style, and the happenings of Manhattan and beyond. This festive volume focuses on the vibrant and fun-filled events of spring and summer.
$40. At RizzoliUSA.com.
ROMANTICS AND CLASSICS: STYLE IN THE ENGLISH COUNTRY HOUSE
By Jeremy Musson and Hugo Rittson Thomas
See the English countryside’s remarkable houses where owners blend contemporary style with the old, good bones of manor houses and country seats, while redefining the notion of English country and creating interiors that are both chic and intimate.
$60. At RizzoliUSA.com.