Friday Favorites: Best in Books


Gracious Rooms by Barbara Westbrook
In her debut book, Gracious Rooms, design authority Barbara Westbrook shares her approach to creating a polished home that exudes timeless charm. From contemporary abodes to historic mansions, the 240-page book showcases photographs of more than 10 elegant homes showcasing Westbrook’s trademark aesthetic and elegant style. Catch AH&L’s conversation with the Atlanta designer in our April issue, available on stands and through our app. Don’t miss the book’s release party at Bungalow Classic this May, which will also celebrate the release of Susan Hable’s A Colorful Home, below. 


A Colorful Home: Create Lively Palettes for Every Room by Susan Hable
Designer and Hable Construction co-founder Susan Hable is fearless in her experimentation with vibrant hues and dynamic palettes. In her first book, A Colorful Home, the Athens, Georgia, artist reveals her secrets to infusing color into the everyday. Accompanied by vibrant photography of interiors that leave no palette unaddressed, Hable’s guide to color covers everything from lively pinks to rich neutrals.


Garden Inspirations by Charlotte Moss
Just in time for spring, Charlotte Moss’ Garden Inspirations hits stands this April, reminding readers how translate outdoor style into interiors. Offering a peek into her own immaculately designed garden, Moss shares her wisdom on everything from flower arrangements to table settings—and how to incorporate natural inspiration into the everyday.


Pure Pork Awesomeness: Totally Cookable Recipes from Around the World by Kevin Gillespie
For his second cookbook, Pure Pork Awesomeness: Totally Cookable Recipes from Around the World, Gunshow’s Kevin Gillespie took a singular approach, focusing on one ingredient (pork) prepared in a rangeof styles. To keep recipes even more accessible and easy to follow, Gillespie organized chapters into different cuts of meat. “Say you buy pork tenderloin, and you say ‘I have no idea what I want to do with this.’ You can flip to that part of the book, and lo’ and behold: here are a bunch of different things you can do,” the Top Chefalum notes. (Look out for a recipe from the book in a blog post next week!)


Tracery: The Art of Southern Design by by Paige Sumblin Schnell
Spotlighting 19 homes across the country Tracery is a testament to Paige Sumblin Schnell’s philosophy of interconnected design, as well as her penchant for timeless interiors. Through five categories—Enduring Style, Spirit of Place, Crafted with Care, Along the Waterfront, and In Harmony—Schnell showcases her welcoming aesthetic in the form of lavish interiors that speak to the art of living well.


Collected Cool: The Art of Bold, Stylish Interiors by Jay Jeffers
In Collected Cool, designer Jay Jeffers presents selections of his luxurious yet accessible designs and shares his process for achieving each aesthetic. Known for his dynamic, playful approach to interiors, the California-based designer’s debut book redefines traditional style, showcasing bold experimentation with color, pattern and material. Take note: Get your copy signed by Jeffers himself on April 28 at ADAC, where the acclaimed designer will hold a keynote presentation and book signing from 2–3 p.m.


Root to Leaf  by Steven Satterfield
In his first cookbook, Steven Sattterfield, the James Beard-nominated chef behind Miller Union, celebrates the diverse world of fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables. Dubbed a “vegetable cookbook for omnivores,” Root to Leaf offers nearly 200 veggie-based (but not “vegetarian”) recipes accompanied by 300 mouthwatering photographs. The title, “Root to Leaf” is a nod to Saterfield’s philosophy of using the whole vegetable when cooking, the same way some chefs utilize the entire animal when preparing meat.


Lighten Up Y’all: Classic Southern Recipes Made Healthy and Wholesome by Virginia Willis
Southern food authority Virginia Willis’ newest release, Lighten Up, Y’all: Classic Southern Recipes Made Healthy and Wholesome is a health-conscious take on traditional Southern comfort food, featuring classics such as pimento cheese, bourbon grilled pork chops and buttermilk potato gratin. A French-trained chef with Georgia roots, Willis proves that lighter dishes don’t have to sacrifice flavor, and her easy-to-prepare recipes are suitable for any culinary skillset.


Nicky Haslam: A Designer’s Life by Nicky Haslam
In his new monograph, distinguished designer Nicky Haslam illustrates his signature English style, sharing items from his personal scrapbook and professional portfolio. With a distinguished career that has defined timeless style and seen clients such as Ringo Starr and Mick Jagger, the revered designer details the inspirations and influences behind his success.