Interior Design

Living in Paradise: At Home in the Tropics: Bali, Java, Thailand

Living in Paradise brims with the best of tropical residential designs. Architecture and interior design experts Annie Kelly and Tim Street-Porter have selected unique interiors that will inspire readers to create their own paradises.

The stunning venues in lush settings profiled here range in style from the environmentally sustainable utilizing indigenous materials, such as thatching and bamboo, to breezy courtyard spaces. These homes take into account the dramatic natural landscapes--some are surrounded by tropical plantings, while others open onto dramatic sun-drenched beaches. The interiors incorporate organic textures such as cane and bamboo furnishings, some covered in exotic Indonesian fabrics, including ikat- and batik-style textiles. Pool pavilions with decorative roof details are perfect for outdoor entertaining, and infinity pools are presented as a striking and organic part of the landscape.

Beautifully photographed, this will inspire readers with design ideas that can be gleaned from these breathtaking dwellings.

About The Author

Writer and designer Annie Kelly has authored many books, including the successful Rooms to Inspire series and Splash: The Art of the Swimming Pool. She writes about design and travel for publications including Belle and the Los Angeles Times. Leading architecture and design photographer Tim Street-Porter has authored and photographed many books, including Palm Springs: A Modernist Paradise and L.A. Modern

  • Publish Date: March 03, 2020
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: House & Home - Decorating & Furnishings
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 9-1/4 x 10-1/4
  • Pages: 224
  • US Price: $60.00
  • CDN Price: $80.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-6585-7


"The pages of Living in Paradise teem with the imaginations of Balinese, Javanese and Thai homeowners who build their homes without the worry of a cold season. The interiors are often open to the outside, with indigenous architectural styles that are made all the more interesting for the local materials—bamboo, Indonesian textiles, rattan—that give them form." —BUSINESSOFHOME.COM

"With spring travel cancellations and social distancing in full swing, Living in Paradise provides a welcome virtual escape to exotic faraway destinations." —COURTNEYPRICE.COM 

"Beautifully photographed, this will inspire readers with design ideas that can be gleaned from these breathtaking dwellings." —ENTREE TRAVEL NEWSLETTER 

"Want to get away from it all to find a serene oasis? This book brims with the best tropical residential designs in Bali, Java, and Thailand for both travelers and interior design lovers alike." —SOCIETY DIARIES 

"Architecture and interior design experts Annie Kelly and Tim Street-Porter share some of the most beautiful residences in Bali, Java, and Thailand." —SPLENDID SASS 

“In Annie Kelly’s seductive sweep of verandas, pointy Hansel & Gretel roofs, and finely carved fretwork, the idea of an exotic Eden is reinforced…The real star of the book is bamboo—in fine grassy blinds or thick joists—and its apotheosis is the stunning six-level Sharm spring by (and for) designer Elora Hardy; a butterfly-meets-petal fantasy with teardrop doors, suspended beds and stunning views over tropical jungle.” —WORLD OF INTERIORS

Author Bookshelf: Annie Kelly

Author Bookshelf: Tim Street-Porter