Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Barry Dixon Inspirations, A Give Away!

I am always excited when a new design book comes along....even more so when the book is all about a designer for whom I have the greatest admiration. Barry Dixon is a household name: listed in House Beautiful's Top 100 Designers, "A-list designer" by the Washington Post, and "2010 Hall of Fame Designer" by Home and Design magazine. The list does go on! You can imagine my excitement when I received a copy of Barry Dixon's newest book, Barry Dixon Inspirations from the kind publishers at Gibbs Smith.    

Many of you may already have Mr. Dixon's first book, Barry Dixon Interiors. If you enjoyed it, get ready for his newest work in this beautiful book. It is full of ideas that are, as the title represents, nothing less than inspiring.Written by Brian D. Coleman with beautiful photographs provided by Erik Kvalsvik, it is as beautifully put together as are the designs on its pages.

One of the the things I most admire about Barry Dixon's work is that he mixes things up: modern and traditional, refined and rustic. And he seems to do so effortlessly. That is the mark of a master...the seeming effortlessness. In the kitchen above, Mr. Dixon mixes rustic finishes with clean modern cabinets, and then throws in bar stools that reference traditional style. It all works!

 You can see Barry Dixon's attention to detail and, again, his ability to mix things up right on the front cover. At first glance, everything is of course lovely, leaning towards a tailored traditional look. But when I took a closer look, details such as the grommets on the curtains and modern drapery hardware, the contemporary lines of the sofa, and the modern accent table all combine to make the space much more interesting. And just take another look at that chandelier....fantastic!

The book is all about inspiration. It so happens, I have been working on a remodel of a house in the Sierra foothills where I am using metal panels on the face of the kitchen peninsula. My clients and I have been reviewing metal samples, and we finalized the choice today. I was inspired to include metal in the design since I had recently been looking at metal strapping that was holding together the wine barrels on a recent trip to the wine country. It is just a bit of positive reinforcement to see metal panels used in a kitchen design by Mr. Dixon pictured above.

I wanted to show you a few of the pages that inspired me. The whole book is beautiful and it was hard to narrow it down for you. These images just struck me, and all for different reasons.

 This bath looks so serene and beautiful. The 18th century marble tub is decadent and set perfectly in the symmetrical space. The exotic touches of the Ming Dynasty carved teak window screen and the inlaid mother of pearl chair transports me to another place. I love the Kathryn Ireland toile fabric on the curtains and the Walker Zanger tile floor....all so very pretty.

 Another favorite project of mine in the book is the converted brick building in Corinth Mississippi that Mr. Dixon turns into an Urban Loft. Again, Barry uses his design alchemy skills mixing up elements. He kept the walls as they were: brick with plaster worn away. He deliberately left the electrical conduit showing on the walls behind the painting...perhaps the detail I liked most in the space. He differentiates the Dining Room from other spaces by using horsehair and linen sheers keeping everything open and light. He used the open Plantation style caned back chairs with a nod to the warm Southern evenings. Southern Industrial style....a new trend?

The Master Bathroom in a home outside of Washington D.C. caught my attention because Barry used a 1930's Lucite English chair covered in zebra at the traditional vanity table. What a great way to shake things up! Just a "glass slipper" of a thrown for a lady's bathroom.

It is all in the details: the nailhead trim on the onion dome screen, the decorative tape at the bottom of the ottoman, the contrast welting on the custom designed chair and the metal chain link floor all takes design to that next level.

 At the beginning of the book, Barry Dixon describes where he finds inspiration:

"Inspiration is everywhere. It lives in the memory of our past, the vibrancy of our present and the possibility of our future. It hides in plain sight in the view outside our window and it sits on the shelf inside our home. It lurks in foreign ports of call and waits patiently in our own backyard. It whispers to us in our dreams and screams at us in our waking moments, urging  that moment of glorious combustion when our thoughts collide to spark out imagination."

I am putting that up on my wall.

So.....have I whetted your appetites?
 I think you will be happy to know that the generous folks at Gibbs Smith have saved a copy of 

Barry Dixon Inspirations

for a lucky winner! To enter this GIVE AWAY all you need to do is:

1) become a follower by clicking the Google Followers button on my sidebar
2) Leave a comment with your contact information so I will be able to let you know if you are the winner.
3) Hop on over to the Gibbs Smith website and let me know the other books that inspire you! I am always on the lookout for great books!

I will be picking the winner Friday August 5th at 5:00 PM California time.

Good Luck to you all!


Splendid Sass said...

Great giveaway, Kathy! Would LOVE to have a copy of this book! Barry Dixon is such a talented designer! Put my name in the hat!
Would also love to have Kathy Ireland's book!

sydney85 said...

I am a follower.

I recommend Mary Emmerling's Art of Turquoise. It is a treat for anyone interested in southwest jewelry.

Cindy White said...

Would love this book - also recommend:

Unmistakably French
by Betty lou Phillips

Karena said...

What!? I am enthralled and love Barry's design work! I would also love the Farrow and ball book! Thanks for the Giveaway Katie!


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The enchanted home said...

Would love to win this book, am a fan of Barry Dixons, some of my all time favorite rooms are his. I am a follower already...thanks!

Julie of Monkey Grass Hill said...

I'm officially a follower now. Great giveaway!

Julie of Monkey Grass Hill said...

I'm on a decor book spree this week. Just bought, Charlotte's, Bunny's and Patina Style. Would love to add Barry's to my collection :) Thanks

emcSquared said...

The Art of Turquoise book looks really cool. I love turquoise jewelry! Thank you,

em9499 at gmail dot com

under spanish moss said...

Great Giveaway! We love Barry Dixon (and oh what we would give to sink into that marble bath tub)!
Have a Wonderful Wednesday!
Renee and Angela

under spanish moss said...

Oh what beautiful spaces! We can't wait to get our hands on this book. The home in Mississippi has such character...we love interior brick walls. Love the three pendant lights uses over the island. Such inspiration in all of these images!
Angela and Renee

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Would definitely love a copy of this book! Count me in! Barry is just the sweetest guy as well as being incredibly talented.

Jennifer said...

Wonderful giveaway. Thanks.
Other books that looked interesting to me on the Gibbs Smith website... Cabin In The Woods; Courtyards; Hacienda Style; Horses and Home; The New Adobe Home.

cheryl said...

Would love to own this book. Looks amazing! As for another book, I think after the day I have had I'd settle for the time to read any book!

Anonymous said...

Please include me on your entry list! Just this week I have been researching how to mix rustic with elegant....Barry Dixon is new to me and I would love to learn more about his design.

Carol, CT

Jill Balli said...

Put my name in, I love this designer too. Great inspriation.
Jill Balli

Anonymous said...

Definitely put my name in. Barry is one of my favorite designers for a lot of years now. I actually met him at the furniture market several years ago. he was incredibly nice, a class act. Of course, me being one of his biggest fans, I made a fool of myself by bowing down to him as if to worship. He is a design God after all.

As for books I would love to get my hands on Patina Style by Brooke & Steve Gianetti, I love her blog.

My contact info if I win is:
Lisa Shorter

Thanks for the great giveaway!


Barry is definitely one of the classic designers. He take traditional and gives is an edge that keeps you guessing. Would love to own his book!

Katie, Julep and Derby's Mom said...

I have been a follower of your lovely blog. I also have you on my blog's sidebar as a blog I follow which makes it easy for my followers to find you. Thank you for sharing your knowledge of Mr. Dixon - it would be interesting for me to learn more about his creative design.

All the best, Katie from

Jill Moran said...

Hi Katie,
What a funny coincidence about the metal panels! It's nice to see your vision reflected in print, isn't it? I saw that Gibbs Smith as a very nice book about Julia Morgan, a personal hero of mine. I'm keeping my fingers crossed...

Linda in AZ * said...

**** Oooooh, how wonderful! I DEVOURED his other book, so I KNOW this one won't disappoint!!!

What a TERRIFIC GIVEAWAY! Thanks for letting me enter!!!

Linda in AZ *

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

I'm a huge Barry Dixon fan so please put my name in the hat. You have indeed wet our appetites with a few of the tantalizing pictures. Loks like he too is lightening things up a bit from past projects. I can hardly wait o see it all. I'm already a follower...When I hopped over to Gibbs the first book to come up is my new favorite. Patina Style by Brooke and Steve Giannetti. I've read every word. They did a great job and the photography is beautiful. Have a great weekend.

Jill Valeri said...

I would love to win this book. I have a small library of design books and I already have his first one. They would look so nice next to each other.

Chlvie said...

Hi Katie,

I am already a follower of yours. I am new to blogging (1 week tomorrow) and an interior designer here in Western, PA. I have enjoyed your site for some time now and would love to add this great book to my growing collection!


Chlvie said...

Hi Katie,

I think I did this backwards.

I just received my copy of Pantia Style in the mail today Love! Also I enjoy Kathyrn Ireland and her book Creating a Home looks to interesting.


Callie Grayson said...

wow, gorgeous give away..... just look at that cover shot.

i am a follower on reader and blogloving.

cyng1 at me dot com

-Katie Waddell said...

What a great giveaway! Crossing my fingers!!! :)

-Katie @

linds said...

Please enter me in the giveaway! Another book that looks inspiring is "Timeless Landscape Design."

Anonymous said...

Hello, Am a follower. Please enter my name. The books Courtyards and Inspirations from France & Italy look interesting to me. Thank you.

Pretty Inspirational said...

Thanks for sharing the gorgeous pictures of Barry Dixon's work. They are stunning. I hope to win!

My Notting Hill said...

Love Barry's work. I had a chance to meet him once and he was so very nice too. Love, love the kitchen you've featured. If I had to pick another book from the publisher I'd say Charles Faudre's Details.

Susan E. Brown said...

I am so excited to see Barry's new book! I think you highlighted it perfectly. Once you look closer at Barry's environments, you really see the fabulous ways he has incorporated unique finishes and contrasted elements, AND ways to use them. His book is my first stop whenever I need inspiration for a project! Thanks for the give away!

Susan E. Brown

Taylor Greenwalt said...

Oh, me toooo. I would love to have this book. Enter my name please. I also would pick Charles Faudre's book. Thanks for sharing

Scribbler said...

I pre-ordered and got the book early. It is fabulous!