Interior Design

Amelia Handegan: Rooms

This book will appeal to interior design lovers who bought Suzanne Kasler and The Welcoming House, it is an appealing approach to creating fresh interiors rooted in warmth and comfort. Leading Southern interior designer Amelia Handegan is known for her sophisticated eclectic interiors and for her restoration of nationally recognized historic houses. Like the legendary Albert Hadley, Handegan fearlessly embraces a mix of Old World elements, such as antiques, wall murals, luxurious fabrics and passementerie, and stenciled floors, with modern furnishings and well-chosen cultural objects, such as vibrant hand-woven textiles and carved deities. Several artfully designed homes are profiled, including a colorful beach cottage on Folly Island, South Carolina, a rustic cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains, an apartment in a 1920s neoclassical revivalist style in Charleston, South Carolina, and Rose Hill, a refurbished eighteenth-century Virginian plantation house. These rooms illustrate her painterly sensibility, quiet drama, and artisanal touches. Beautifully photographed, this book is a must-have for interior design and historic architecture enthusiasts.

About The Author

For nearly thirty years, Amelia Handegan has run her Charleston-based interior design firm. Her work has appeared in such publications as Architectural Digest, Veranda, House Beautiful, and British House &Garden. She has been included in House Beautiful’s 100 Best Designers in America list and the Robb Report’s Guide to the World’s Top 40 Interior Designers.

Ingrid Abramovitch is a lifestyle journalist, senior writer, and editor at Elle Decor.

Photographer Pieter Estersohn’s work appears frequently in Architectural Digest and Elle Decor. He is the author of Kentucky: Historic Houses and Horse Farms of Bluegrass Country.

  • Publish Date: October 18, 2016
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: House & Home - Decorating & Furnishings
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 9 x 12
  • Pages: 224
  • US Price: $50.00
  • CDN Price: $65.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-4930-7


"The best Southern houses tell personal stories, and in her beautiful new book, Rooms, out this week Amelia Handegan shares a few of her own. . . . In the 223-page volume, Handegan covers a diverse array of projects, from a North Carolina mountain cabin to a formal historic estate in Virginia to her personal residences on Folly Beach and in downtown Charleston." 
—Garden & Gun

"Handegan shares more of her thoughtful insights into creating a beautiful home." 
—Architechtural Digest

"Fall must haves." 
—La Dolce Vita

"The Charleston-based interior designer Amelia Handegan is as happy to design the rooms of a new home as she is to restore nationally recognized historic houses. Her work is often compared to that of the late Albert Hadley in that she embraces multiple elements and techniques to use in her interiors—whether that means antiques, painted murals, highly textured fabrics, vintage passementerie, stenciling, or decidedly modern furniture and accessories. Her best projects are featured here, including a quaint beach cottage on Folly Island, South Carolina, a rustic (but luxurious) cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains, a 1920s Charleston apartment, and her work on Rose Hill, an eighteenth-century Virginian plantation house."
Milieu Magazine

Author Bookshelf: Pieter Estersohn