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No space provides Jill and Steve McKenzie a better canvas for creative outlet than their own apartment at the top of the late-’60s, Brutalist-chic Plaza Towers in Buckhead. The couple bought the two-bedroom, 25th-floor unit in 2014. The apartment boasted vintage parquet floors and an astounding view of the skyline but was in need of a serious overhaul—and Steve left virtually no surface untouched.
At libraries around the metro area, shelves full of newly released books are held on reserve, waiting for impatient readers. Author visits at the Margaret Mitchell House, Wren’s Nest, or the Atlanta History Center are often packed; book clubs are springing up everywhere; and literary events like the AJC Decatur Book Festival and the Book Festival of the MJCCA bring national authors to our doorstep. Here are a few of our favorites from this year’s releases.
In September, celebrated Atlanta interior designer Suzanne Kasler is releasing Sophisticated Simplicity, a tome replete with a litany of previously unseen, lavish interiors in her signature classic style. Here, she shares a handful of design books that have influenced her, plus a new title she is looking forward to.
Jennifer Boles, native Atlantan and founder of online journal The Peak of Chic, is a welcome antidote to bloggers chasing the latest fads. Her posts take inspiration from old movies, vintage magazines, and classic design books. So when we decided to publish a list of must-reads, we knew Boles was the resident expert.