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Ho w They Decorated illustrates some of the great rooms of the twentieth century, whose stylish residents influence our tastes today.
 
Gloria Vanderbilt cleverly noted, “Decorating is autobiography.” Reflecting that truism, the interiors in this book capture the individual approaches of these icons of style: Bunny Mellon’s spare all-American elegance; Hélène Rochas’s refined sophistication; Vanessa Bell’s colorful bohemianism; Mona von Bismarck’s breezy opulence; and Georgia O’Keeffe’s earthy chic. Author P. Gaye Tapp analyzes each of her subjects’ refined way of living, how she embellished her residences (or left them elegantly stark), and the long-lasting effects on today’s generation of designers and connoisseurs of beauty.
 
The book is presented in four sections that describe the aesthetic approaches that the ladies took in decorating their abodes: “The Fashionably Chic”, “The Unconventional Eye”, “In the Grand Manner”, and “Legacy Style”. Each interior illustrates the crucial aspect of the lady’s definitive taste. Some worked closely with decorating legends such as John Fowler, Albert Hadley, Billy Baldwin, Syrie Maugham, and Jean-Michel Frank. Others took to the task of decorating single-handedly—like Pauline Trigère, Sybil Connolly, Vita Sackville-West, and Fleur Cowles. The interiors of these trendsetting ladies defied their time and inspire and delight to this day. In How They Decorated, one can learn from the most notable style muses of the last century.

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"In  How They Decorated: Inspiration from Great Women of the Twentieth Century, blogger P. Gaye Tapp casts her eyes on the decorating styles of iconic women like Babe Paley, Pauline de Rothschild, Mona Von Bismarck and Elsa Schiaparelli. Whether these women employed top decorators or executed their homes on their own, the book provides great insights into lives fabulously lived."
Forbes.com

"visually-attuned…"
Vogue 

" How They Decorated is a lovely and interesting book that anyone with an interest or passion for interior design should read from cover to cover."
La Dolce Vita Blog

"The interiors of these trendsetting women defied their time and inspire and delight to this day. In How They Decorated, one can learn from the most notable style muses of the last century."
Political Style Blog

" Design lovers everywhere should ready themselves for a real treat, as this April Rizzoli releases P. Gaye Tapp''s "How They Decorated: Inspiration from Great Women of the Twentieth Century." Peaking past the curtains and into the homes of the most discerning aesthetic icons of their time, from Babe Paley and Elsa Schiaparelli to Bunny Mellon and Mona von Bismarck, the book straddles styles, eras, and tastes for an interior journey anchored in a certain, je-ne-sais-quois sense of refinement. "
Guest of a Guest 
 
"Illustrated with vintage photography and watercolor renderings,  How They Decorated is an archaeological volume at heart, tracing the genesis of the many enduring decorating styles that were influenced by the women in its pages."
Carl J. Dellatore

"A fascinating book"
Architect Deisgn Blog

"Interior designer and blogger P. Gaye Tapp recollects the lives and impeccably decorated homes of 16 iconic women in her upcoming book,  How They Decorated: Inspiration From Great Women of the Twentieth Century"
New York Magazine

". . .this book takes the reader into the homes of heiresses, artists (including Georgia O''Keefe) and tastemakers of their generations. Written by a noted female interior designer, the book celebrates the discipline and the many women who have shaped its evolution."
—HGTV.com

"In How They Decorated: Inspiration From Great Women of the Twentieth Century ($55, Rizzoli), P. Gaye Tapp explores the aesthetic approaches of 16 style-setters, including Pauline de Rothschild, Babe Paley, Bunny Mellon, Georgie O’Keeffe and more."
Modern Luxury Interiors, Atlanta

"Covering these sixteen elegant women, she shows how they (most of course worked with decorators, architects and designers) orchestrated rooms of great charm, individuality and style. Tables are lavishly set, bedrooms invite lingering, fashions are paraded. And then, just when the lavish interiors are feeling rather intense, she introduces Georgia O’Keeffe (bold simplicity) and then Lesley Blanche, the ultimate romantic. It’s a book to treasure. I love it."
The Style Saloniste

About the Author

P. Gaye Tapp is the creator and author of the highly regarded blog Little Augury and an interior designer for more than twenty-five years.

Charlotte Moss is a noted American interior designer and author.

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Merrily Baird
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How They Decorated: A Beautiful Book Deserving Multiple Visits
Reviewed in the United States on April 11, 2017
"How They Decorated: Inspiration from Great Women of the Twentieth Century" opens with a brief quote from Gloria Vanderbilt-- "Decorating is autobiography"-- and this new volume from Rizzoli is far from the first to link interior decor to the personal styles... See more
"How They Decorated: Inspiration from Great Women of the Twentieth Century" opens with a brief quote from Gloria Vanderbilt-- "Decorating is autobiography"-- and this new volume from Rizzoli is far from the first to link interior decor to the personal styles and biographies of famous women. To be sure, however, it is one of the best of books in this genre. And, with each chapter providing a perfectly rounded stand-alone portrait, it is an ideal book for picking up and putting down, inviting repeated visits. Every one of the women featured in "How They Decorated" is now deceased, and so some photographs of their residences may well be familiar to devotees of shelter magazines. No matter: the beauty of the photographs and the excellence of their captions makes this a most visually stunning and captivating book.

The 16 women featured in the book are drawn from the worlds of interior decor, fashion design, visual arts, diplomacy, aristocracy, and considerable wealth. Hailing from the two sides of the Atlantic, they include Lady Diana Cooper, Evangeline Bruce, Louise de Vilmorin, Helene Rochas, Gabrielle van Zuylen, Mona von Bismarck, Pauline de Rothschild, Babe Paley, Elsa Sciaparelli, Fleur Cowles, Pauline Trigere, Bunny Mellon, Dominque de Menil, Georgia O''Keefe, and Lesley Blanch. A strong sense of personal style is common to all of these women, but there is enough variation in their home decor to provide a varied garden of reading delights.
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Regina Drucker
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A beautiful and timeless tome that will be used by many ...
Reviewed in the United States on April 15, 2017
If there was ever a wish come true, it would be for an ''Encyclopedia Stylistica'', and should that exist...then THIS IS IT! Ms. Tapp worked diligently to offer many images unseen and information gleaned from years of research. A beautiful and timeless tome that will be used... See more
If there was ever a wish come true, it would be for an ''Encyclopedia Stylistica'', and should that exist...then THIS IS IT! Ms. Tapp worked diligently to offer many images unseen and information gleaned from years of research. A beautiful and timeless tome that will be used by many generations to come when referring back to a Lost Age of Glamour, Elegance and most importantly Respectable Style...attributes and values rarely seen in todays pages of Worldwide Society and Fashion. Don''t hesitate to exhibit this gorgeous hardbound on your Nakashima coffee table in a MidCentury setting, or on your 18thC Venetian Chinoiserie painted lacquered Scholars Table either...it''ll shimmer visually in any setting, befitting the ''Art'' which lies beneath the Cecil Beaton drawing of the book jacket. The Swan
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Penelope W. Bianchi
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I know and love Patricia; and I was astonished that she included ...
Reviewed in the United States on July 10, 2017
I have been a decorator for forty eight years! (YIKES!) The women covered in this book have been the stars in my firmament from the very beginning of my career! I know and love Patricia; and I was astonished that she included so many of the women whom I have admired and... See more
I have been a decorator for forty eight years! (YIKES!) The women covered in this book have been the stars in my firmament from the very beginning of my career! I know and love Patricia; and I was astonished that she included so many of the women whom I have admired and collected the pictures of their rooms my entire life! Louse de Vilmorin?? Her chintz was in my first living room 45 years ago! Her room with that chintz is an iconic room to me; and I really had rarely seen it outside of some very old book in my collection! Same with all of them!
My friend the swan writes so beautifully in her review....I hesitate to say more. (read review by Regina Drucker) It is a brilliant, collector''s item of a book of style I am hoping will never disappear. Such beautiful, collected interesting interiors. Stories of these women''s lives reflected in their homes. A treasure of a book. Indeed!
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Brett Jackson, NYC
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Everything Decorating Inside!
Reviewed in the United States on June 28, 2017
I love this book! "How They Decorated " is perfect from cover-to-cover. Thoughtfully edited, I actually use it as a sort of reference tool, and to also drum up inspiration.I to take snippets from each different designer and learn what inspired them as... See more
I love this book! "How They Decorated " is perfect from cover-to-cover.
Thoughtfully edited, I actually use it as a sort of reference tool, and to also
drum up inspiration.I to take snippets from each different designer and learn
what inspired them as well. I particularly enjoyed Georgia O''Keefe''s "Ghost Ranch"
interiors. Ms. Tapp so wonderfully covers all the greats from top to bottom.
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Reviewed in the United States on June 29, 2017
I really enjoyed reading "How They Decorated" by P. Gaye Tapp. I found the the book to be informative, leaving me to want to know more about the featured women, and wanting to know more about other designers, artists, and locales related to the subjects. I also... See more
I really enjoyed reading "How They Decorated" by P. Gaye Tapp. I found the the book to be informative, leaving me to want to know more about the featured women, and wanting to know more about other designers, artists, and locales related to the subjects. I also enjoyed all the cultural and literary associations. Great pics and illustrations I haven''t seen before! Hoping there will be a 2nd volume?!
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Not what expected
Reviewed in the United States on February 17, 2021
I didn''t recognize many of the women in this book. I expected other great women of the 20th century.
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arrived quickly
Reviewed in the United States on July 30, 2020
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Inspiration from Great Women of the 20th Century
Reviewed in the United States on August 12, 2017
Ms Tappe has given us an extraordinary book, unique in its point of view and content. Her subtitle, Inspiration from Great Women of the 20th Century, is apt: Her subjects not only decorated with style, they pursued lives that set standards of individuality,refinement, and... See more
Ms Tappe has given us an extraordinary book, unique in its point of view and content. Her subtitle, Inspiration from Great Women of the 20th Century, is apt: Her subjects not only decorated with style, they pursued lives that set standards of individuality,refinement, and exuberance that would enhance our lives today. A lovely book, one to own and to share with special friends.
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Mrs M
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Very enjoyable book - but not a "core decorating book"
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 2, 2017
I am pleased I bought this book. It is a bit different, focusing on some big celebrity names of times gone by (predominantly 60''s, 70''s and 80''s) eg Goergia O''Keefe, Bunny Melon etc and how they decorated their homes. You have to be aware that these ladies were mostly...See more
I am pleased I bought this book. It is a bit different, focusing on some big celebrity names of times gone by (predominantly 60''s, 70''s and 80''s) eg Goergia O''Keefe, Bunny Melon etc and how they decorated their homes. You have to be aware that these ladies were mostly immensely wealthy and therefore had endless money at their disposal to buy properties, antiques, art of all types and hire decorators to help them if wished. So it is not exactly a resource book for the likes of me (and most of us presumably) who are just decorating their one house - which like as not will be fairly "normal" and not a chateau or a number 3, 4 or 5 residence in another country! However it is interesting just to read about the people and see what they did and be critical about their interiors. Also it is not impossible to use a design tip or two from a corner of one of their vast rooms. I am assuming that these famous ladies would have featured in magazines gone by but now do not - so it is definitely worth adding this to your library if you are very interested in interiors. You may find yourself disliking some things and then warming to them when you flick back through - thus your notions or what looks good are being challenged. The book is well produced with good paper and photographs and with a good quality paper cover on hard back. It is a good book to handle, not overly large format (just a tad smaller than a magazine I think, but obviously thicker) but the photos are often a full page or a 2 page spread so in fact its a good size to actually read. If you are looking for only one or two books to help you decorate you home in style however I would suggest you look for something that dirctly reflects your sort of house or style (eg country house or cottage or London house or modern apartment or whatever) and there are loads out there. Unless of course you are a multi-millionaire and want to see how your predecessors did it - in which case start here!
I am pleased I bought this book. It is a bit different, focusing on some big celebrity names of times gone by (predominantly 60''s, 70''s and 80''s) eg Goergia O''Keefe, Bunny Melon etc and how they decorated their homes. You have to be aware that these ladies were mostly immensely wealthy and therefore had endless money at their disposal to buy properties, antiques, art of all types and hire decorators to help them if wished. So it is not exactly a resource book for the likes of me (and most of us presumably) who are just decorating their one house - which like as not will be fairly "normal" and not a chateau or a number 3, 4 or 5 residence in another country! However it is interesting just to read about the people and see what they did and be critical about their interiors. Also it is not impossible to use a design tip or two from a corner of one of their vast rooms. I am assuming that these famous ladies would have featured in magazines gone by but now do not - so it is definitely worth adding this to your library if you are very interested in interiors. You may find yourself disliking some things and then warming to them when you flick back through - thus your notions or what looks good are being challenged. The book is well produced with good paper and photographs and with a good quality paper cover on hard back. It is a good book to handle, not overly large format (just a tad smaller than a magazine I think, but obviously thicker) but the photos are often a full page or a 2 page spread so in fact its a good size to actually read. If you are looking for only one or two books to help you decorate you home in style however I would suggest you look for something that dirctly reflects your sort of house or style (eg country house or cottage or London house or modern apartment or whatever) and there are loads out there. Unless of course you are a multi-millionaire and want to see how your predecessors did it - in which case start here!
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james crichton
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A splendid photo book of sumptuous interiors.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 7, 2017
A glorious book! I am most delighted with the purchase of this book. Rizzoli Publishing has produced a sublime tome. Tapp, has created a fine, entrancing book. What a selection of great women and the homes they created. Photographs, good sense and intelligent writing. A...See more
A glorious book! I am most delighted with the purchase of this book. Rizzoli Publishing has produced a sublime tome. Tapp, has created a fine, entrancing book. What a selection of great women and the homes they created. Photographs, good sense and intelligent writing. A splendid book. For such little price you get a superb book of the homes of the greatest women of style.
A glorious book!
I am most delighted with the purchase of this book.
Rizzoli Publishing has produced a sublime tome. Tapp, has created a fine, entrancing book.
What a selection of great women and the homes they created.
Photographs, good sense and intelligent writing. A splendid book.
For such little price you get a superb book of the homes of the greatest women of style.
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Mark Luyt-Eastwood
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Inspired
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 3, 2017
This book was everthing I expected and brought these great designers to life.
This book was everthing I expected and brought these great designers to life.
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sono stata catturata dall''immagine della copertina e spinta all''acquisto dalle recensioni italiane delle pubblicazione , in realtà all''interno non mi ha dato gli spunti che speravo...l''ho trovato puramente enciclopedico. Utile per conoscere le personalità delle donne che...See more
sono stata catturata dall''immagine della copertina e spinta all''acquisto dalle recensioni italiane delle pubblicazione , in realtà all''interno non mi ha dato gli spunti che speravo...l''ho trovato puramente enciclopedico. Utile per conoscere le personalità delle donne che sono raccontate.
sono stata catturata dall''immagine della copertina e spinta all''acquisto dalle recensioni italiane delle pubblicazione , in realtà all''interno non mi ha dato gli spunti che speravo...l''ho trovato puramente enciclopedico.
Utile per conoscere le personalità delle donne che sono raccontate.
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