Architectural Digest Top 100 interior designer Penny Drue Baird’s rooms are universally admired for their seamless weaving of past and present. From luxurious Manhattan apartments and a jewel-toned Parisian pied-à-terre, to family homes in Connecticut and New Jersey, and a whimsical Bucks County barn, Baird’s work is the result of deep client relationships that have lasted for decades. A Tudor-style house is redesigned to feel fresher as its owners’ tastes mature, an airy Beverly Hills villa follows a young bachelor’s first apartment in The San Remo, and sumptuous fabrics and textures provide a modern backdrop for the vintage collections of “the chicest person Baird knows.”
Baird incorporates bold architectural gestures—tufted niches, gold-leaf and turquoise coffered ceilings, classical moldings and other made-from-scratch details—with fabrics from taffeta to practical corduroy, and unexpected finishes like mother of pearl and strié painted walls, trompe l’oeil limestone, classic bead board, or end-grain wood wallpaper. In his warmly written foreword, Mario Buatta lauds her skill and taste in sourcing unique pieces for each room. Art Deco cabinets, Sputnik chandeliers, and gracious European antiques discovered in France, England, and Italy are received with the same delight as salvaged barn siding and old crates. Au courant but never trendy, with elements both classical and contemporary, each DREAMHOUSE is infused with Penny Drue Baird’s irresistible sense of romance, charm, and joie de vivre.
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“Tells you how to be the best client you can be. How to get the most from your decorator. And like Penny’s earlier books—Bringing Paris Home, The New French Interior—it’s filled with ideas to steal, lighting solutions, closet extensions, tricks to shortcut your needs, luxurious touches to look for in your own flea markets.” —Gael Greene, “Insatiable Critic”
“To be sure, Penny Drue Baird’s work often incorporates salon- and château-like details drawn directly from France—not to mention plenty of finds from the Marché Biron and Marché aux Puces, in Paris. But her rooms are also suffused with a distinctly American tendency toward casual comfort—often filled with soft, upholstered furniture—and many accommodate children in a way that is decidedly un-French. As she proves in DREAMHOUSE, elegance and practicality are not mutually exclusive.” —1st Dibs’ Introspective
“Innovative ideas abound in this classic retrospective of interior design. Most of the selected homes feel lived in rather than staged, in spite of the spotlessness. The sampling of styles, locations, and types of homes display’s Baird’s range and ability to satisfy any client.” —Publishers Weekly