by Kim Ficaro and Todd Nickey, with photographs by Ditte Isager (Rizzoli), $55
Credit: Bryan Gardner

Good books transport us -- and this one takes us right into beautiful homes across the country and beyond. Ficaro, a prop and interiors stylist who has worked for Martha Stewart Living and many other publications, and Nickey, a designer, showcase the living spaces of artists, musicians, writers, and other tastemakers who express their visual style and points of view not just through their work but in how they live.

Ditte Isager's luminous photographs portray rooms abundant with ideas that can be borrowed by the reader, but this book also offers inspiration on a deeper level. The authors have cleverly named their chapters after different types of birds (the avid collectors known as bowerbirds, for example), and have chosen subjects who take immensely personal approaches to "feathering their nests." Seeing how other people put their passions on display makes one think about the truly expressive nature of home.

Credit: Ditte Isager

Come On In

A modern chair sits beside an old wallpapering table in the white-and-gray New Hope, Pennsylvania, home of Richard Ferretti and James Gager.

Credit: Ditte Isager

Soothing blues evoke the sea in Athena and Victor Calderone's Amagansett, New York, beach house.

Credit: Ditte Isager

Hand-painted wallpaper brightens mornings in Allison Shearmur's Los Angeles home.

Credit: Ditte Isager

In Doug Lloyd's Hamptons retreat, floor-to-ceiling sliding doors blur the boundaries between indoors and out.


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