Interior Design

Tricia Foley Life/Style: Elegant Simplicity at Home

Designer and lifestyle authority Tricia Foley illustrates her approach to creating elegantly pared-down environments for the home and work space. Designer Tricia Foley is best known for her timeless classical style, characterized by clean lines, natural materials, and vintage furnishings—from flea-market finds to antiques—and a palette of calming hues of cream, ivory, and white. In this book, Foley addresses such aspects of home design as selecting the perfect shade of white, setting up the pantry, bringing collected objects together, creating artful tabletops, organizing the home office, and much more. A collector—of china, of linens, of books—she explains that the only way to keep harmony is through editing. The designer provides a treasure trove of useful ideas, from her favorite storage products and essential items for the guest room to seasonal entertaining ideas and holiday decor. Foley’s romantic Long Island, New York, property—consisting of an eighteenth-century farmhouse and several outbuildings—serves as her personal laboratory and reflects a simple and well-designed style inherited from the basic tenets of Shaker design. Beautifully photographed, this inspiring book is a must-have for design-savvy individuals who desire a simple, but stylish, lifestyle.

About The Author

Tricia Foley has authored nine books. Her clients have included Ralph Lauren Home, Target, and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Foley’s work has been featured nationally and internationally on television and in publications such as Elle Decor, Martha Stewart Living, and the New York Times. Isabella Rossellini—friend and neighbor of Tricia Foley—is a renowned filmmaker, actress, author, philanthropist, fashion model, and organic farmer.

  • Publish Date: September 29, 2015
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: House & Home - Decorating & Furnishings
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 7-3/4 x 10-1/4
  • Pages: 208
  • US Price: $50.00
  • CDN Price: $67.50
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-4641-2


"Beautifully photographed, this inspiring book is a must-have for design-savvy readers who desire a simple, but stylish, lifestyle."

"If you want someone savvy and skilled to help you navigate the wide array of whites, solid tips for editing (even if you're a collector!) and how to perfect your guest bedroom, this is a must-read. . . Tricia's elegantly simple approach to design and outlook are something to be appreciated as a remedy for our overly complex lives."

"The first-person account, illustrated with 200 stunning photos, makes for an inspiring read as Foley revisits the pitfalls, triumphs and 'how to's' of dusting off [her] house's old bones and bringing it back to life as an inviting, functional and chic domain. . . The book is packed with tips on what to look for when an older house seems like a bargain, the joy of working at home, organizing storage spaces, casual entertaining, and decluttering without guilt; Foley has been there, done that and tells it all."  

"To be honest, I wasn't sure if I would find inspiration in Foley's book, which features the author's 18th-century Long Island farm house that has been decorated almost solely in atmospheric shades of white. After all, I'm an unabashed lover of color who treats white as a utilitarian hue. But leave it Foley to convince me that there is poetic beauty in a home awash almost solely in white. In Foley's hands, white breathes life into her home's interiors, creating a dreamy elegance that would otherwise be obscured by bold colors. I might remain committed to color, but thanks to Foley, I now have great admiration for her compelling and inspiring point of view."

"New York-based designer Tricia Foley just published a new book, and it's safe to say we're obsessed. Life/Style is unbelievably gorgeous: clean, simple designs, natural materials, vintage furnishings styled with a rustic sensibility. Plus it's peppered with nuggets of Foley's design wisdom, from tips on styling a table to advice on bringing together a collection of objects to create a polished vignette. And the photography is incredible."

"Foley's timeless, classical style is characterized by clean lines, natural materials, and vintage furnishings. Through beautiful photographs, she explains how to select the perfect neutral tone; create an artful tabletop; and organize a calming work space, efficient pantry, and more. Stunning and stylish, just like Foley."

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