We're kicking off a week of book reviews with a really lovely book! Veranda Retreats is the fifth book published by Hearst, dedicated to the houses featured in the eponymous Veranda magazine. I'm sure you're all familiar with the shelter magazine, and the look that it has created as it's signature. The homes featured are always stylish, filled with quality furniture and art, with an elegance that runs the gamut - from simple to devilishly lavish. Veranda Retreats, like the books that precede it doesn't disappoint! If you're an avid reader of the magazine, wishing that the first 150 pages were filled with more houses, and less ads for carpets, appliances, and chandeliers - welcome to your wish come true!
While the magazine certainly does play to a familiar aesthetic, there are varied themes throughout the book. Most of what you'll find is the washed hued rooms we've come to love, like the guest bedroom above, but there are 25 homes, all previously featured in the magazine - each with their own particular inspiring elements. Senior editor of Veranda, Mario Lopez-Cordero does a wonderful job explaining these spaces and their significant elements, helped by over 200 colored photos for brilliant illustration!
Definitely a beautiful collection of expertly captured photographs to inspire you for every room, and a large and heavy book perfect for your library or coffee table. Take a closer look, and grab your copy via the Amazon link below:
And, if you're interested in checking out any of the other Veranda books, here they are! I only own The Houses of Veranda, which I've yet to review, but I can tell you that it's every bit as wonderful as Veranda Retreats.