Books

Click to order Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques
The past meets the present in perfect style in this guide to incorporating heirlooms and antiques in traditional and contemporary interiors. Featured homes demonstrate stylish ways to create antiques-filled interiors that aren’t fussy or stiff and breathe new life into old things by using them in unexpected ways. Learn how to display collections creatively, set inviting tables, arrange interesting tabletop compositions, and successfully mix and match objects of varied styles, periods, and degrees of formality.

Click to order Houses with Charm: Simple Southern Style
This book celebrates the warmth and easy elegance of Southern architecture and interior design. Houses in Atlanta, Savannah, Montgomery, and New Orleans and retreats on the coast and in the mountains reveal the unpretentious beauty and old-fashioned grace that lie at the heart of Southern charm. Whether relaxed or romantic, these residences express the sense of comfort and hospitality for which the South is famed.

The Southern CosmopolitanClick to order The Southern Cosmopolitan:
Sophisticated Southern Style
Veranda says: “Cosmopolite Southernista Susan Sully’s latest exploration of the rich aesthetic wonderland below the Mason-Dixon Line is an intriguing and seductively varied tour of sixteen of the region’s most evocative homes.” Read about the Passion for the Past, the Allure of the Exotic, and the Love of the New that infuse Southern style and inspire interior designers from Charleston and New Orleans to Atlanta and New York.

The Southern CottageClick to order The Southern Cottage: From the
Blue Ridge Mountains to the Florida Keys
Veranda says: “Southern comfort is a thing of legend, and of joy, but it is also a thing various in its expression.” In The Southern Cottage, visit 18 seaside and mountain cottages revealing the many faces of the Southern cottage including beach shacks, shingle-style dwellings, and log cabins. “Enjoy the timelessness of these sweet retreats,” writes Romantic Homes.

CharlestonClick to order Charleston: Architecture and Interiors
Amazon.com says: From the stately elegance of the Georgian era to the exuberant eclecticism of the twenty-first century, the houses of Charleston are defined by great architecture and elegant design. This book offers an insider’s view of the beautiful houses, gardens, and decorative arts that comprise this city’s unique charm.

New Orleans StyleClick to order New Orleans Style: Past and Present
New Orleans Style reveals the complex character and architectural traditions of the South’s most exotic city with profiles of 22 houses. Combine the city’s European character as a former colony of Spain and France with its penchant for fantasy and decadence, and you have a recipe for irresistibly fascinating architecture and décor.

Savannah StyleClick to order Savannah Style: Mystery and Manners
Amazon.com says: “In this collection of photographs and stories of 20 houses, with an introduction by John Berendt, Sully delivers writing that is intelligent and lyrical, making this coffee-table book a surprisingly good read.” Discover the fascinating range of styles from Regency to Queen Anne in the houses surrounding the city’s squares.

Casa FloridaClick to order Casa Florida: Spanish-Style Houses from
Winter Park to Coral Gables
Architectural Digest says: “Spanish-influenced architecture in Florida is arguably the defining style. Sully searched high and low, resulting in a stunning catalogue of mostly 1920s and ‘30s villas and casitas.” Casa Florida explores the earliest influences of the Spanish style, its 19th- and 20th century revival, and its contemporary expression.

Co-Authored by Susan Sully


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Inspired by Tradition: The Architecture of Norman Davenport Askins
Inspired by Tradition: The Architecture of Norman Davenport Askins (The Monacelli Press: Fall 2014), co-authored and photographed by Susan Sully, celebrates the achievements of this celebrated architect, renowned for his deep knowledge of and skill for interpreting architectural traditions. Fifteen lavishly detailed houses in Atlanta, Georgia; South Carolina, the Virginia Piedmont, on the Florida coast, and in the mountains of North Carolina, demonstrate his versatility in styles ranging from Georgian, Federal, Colonial Revival, romantic English country house, rustic French, Bermudan, and Dutch West Indian. New color photographs of interiors and landscapes complement traditional hand-drawn plans and elevations. In a special section dedicated to “Elements of Tradition,” Askins identifies the key components of traditional design and the parameters for using them successfully. Ultimately he believes in approaching tradition with innovation and individuality—adding touches of glamour, humor, and romance that bring his houses to life.



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Art of the House: Reflections on Design
Art of the House: Reflections on Design (Rizzoli: Spring 2014) is a collaboration between celebrated architect Bobby McAlpine of McAlpine Tankersley and interior designer Susan Ferrier of McAlpine Booth and Ferrier (text written with Susan Sully; photographs by Sully and Adrian Ferrier). It represents a distinct departure from the portfolio-style book that has dominated the interior design and architecture shelves for the last decade. While providing an inside look at several houses created by McAlpine and Ferrier, its deeper offering is a series of meditations on the “art of the house.” Each chapter begins with a poetic essay on an aspect of design–light and shadow, the power of white, inspiration drawn from the natural world–accompanied by a related still life composition. Together, these words and images describe aesthetic principles and the sensual, emotional, and spiritual meanings they possess. Images of rooms and the carefully chosen and arranged objects within them follow, illustrating the power these ideas carry when embodied in a house. Accompanied by McAlpine’s and Ferrier’s observations, these images give readers an opportunity to find new inspiration and insight into the meaning and importance of home.


kentateClick to order A Classical Journey: The Houses of Ken Tate
When New Orleans-based architect Ken Tate invited me to collaborate on his new book, A Classical Journey: The Houses of Ken Tate (Images Publishing 2011), I was delighted. With profiles of nine estates, the book reveals Tate’s intuitive, emotional, and even playful approach to interpreting traditional architecture in Mediterranean Revival, Creole, Neoclassical, and other styles. Bending rules and breaking canons, he creates buildings that are intriguing and engaging.

bobbyscoverClick to order The Home Within Us: Romantic Houses, Evocative Rooms
In this volume, I worked closely with leading American architect and designer Bobby McAlpine to translate his vision of home as a place infused with beauty and soul. Marrying elements of the ancient with the modern, the sensuous with the sacred, and the whimsical with the profound, the featured buildings captivate the imagination and stir the spirit (Rizzoli: 2011).

cominghome Coming Home: The Southern Vernacular House
A collaboration with architect Jim Strickland and his partners at Historical Concepts, this book explores central themes of Southern vernacular architecture: the soul of place, the sense of time, and the spirit of style. Featured houses demonstrate beloved hallmarks of the region’s architecture from refined Classical styles to rustic elements including tin roofs and screened porches. Essential reading for anyone interested in Southern houses (Rizzoli: Spring 2012).

mrshoward The Joy of Decorating: Mrs. Howard
It was a joy to collaborate on this book with Phoebe Howard, owner of the popular Mrs. Howard stores in Jacksonville, Atlanta, and Charlotte, and a decorator known for her fresh yet classic vision. Its pages beckon with rooms that are inviting, inspiring, timeless, graceful, tranquil, casual, and comfortable—all words used to describe Mrs. Howard’s work and ones that illustrate the many ways her houses look and feel (Stewart Tabori & Chang: Spring 2012).

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