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October 24, 2013

Interior Design by the Book

By Ingrid Skjong | Books

Interior Design by the Book

After 20-plus years as a residential interior designer, Sandra Nunnerley realized it was time to put all her projects in one place. The book Interiors (PowerHouse Books; $70) was born, and it was done entirely on Nunnerley’s own terms.

“I very much didn’t want to do just another design book,” she explains. “I wanted to do a book that would chart my inspirations and encourage readers to look for their own. One of the things that comes through is how important travel has been to me and how the wonderful things that I’ve seen all over the world filter into what I do.”

Travel connections are made clear throughout the book, which is organized into chapters like “Subtlety,” “Individuality” and “Glamour.” (Vintage Scalamandré fabric on a headboard and a bed skirt, for example, calls to mind Machu Picchu.) But working with art and antiques—commissioning site-specific pieces from artists and dealing with clients’ existing collections—is what Nunnerley is best known for. A Richard Serra painting overlooks a seating area, a Coromandel screen stands out in a dining room, photographs by American photographer Morton Bartlett hang above a Louis XIV beechwood table.

And while Interiors is a chance for readers to get familiar with her aesthetic, it also gives Nunnerley the opportunity to look at her creations in a new light.

“In preparing this book, I was looking at photographs of work I did 20 years ago, and you know what? Some of that work looks as fresh today as it did then,” she says. “It’s the same body of work: refined and luxurious, tailored but not minimal. And that hasn’t changed.” Interiors will be available October 29; powerhousebooks.com; nunnerley.com.