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House Proud

Four of this fall’s most tasteful tomes offer exclusive looks inside some of the world’s most inspiring palazzos, mansions and estates.

INSIDE LOOK In "Domus: A Journey Into Italy’s Most Creative Interiors," the home of Fiona Corsini and Diego di San Giuliano in Florence, Italy, features handpainted walls and an eclectic array of art.

Design lovers with a taste for la dolce vita will savor Domus: A Journey Into Italy’s Most Creative Interiors ($65, Rizzoli). The photographs by Oberto Gili and narratives by Marella Caracciolo Chia transport the reader to the stylish habitats of the nation’s top tastemakers: rural estates and romantic castles in the Tuscan countryside, and posh pads in Milan, Venice, Rome and Naples.

A foreword by Sir Terence Conran kicks off Kelly Hoppen: The Art of Interior Design ($60, Rizzoli) in serious style. “Every designer should study this book carefully before they begin their next project. I will!” says interiors icon Conran of the retrospective, which reveals Hoppen’s guiding principles and signature themes. The monograph of the award-winning, London-based designer’s work inspires with 500 color photographs of Hoppen’s favorite projects from her 40-year career, and depicts the evolution of her East-meets-West approach and focus on clean lines and opulence.

After sharpening his skills in visual merchandising at Banana Republic and Gap, Los Angeles-based lifestyle blogger and interior designer Mark D. Sikes earned a fervent following on his blog, Chic People, Glamorous Places, Stylish Things. Sharing a glimpse into his world of California cool is his first book, Beautiful: All-American Decorating and Timeless Style ($45, Rizzoli). Sikes divides the visual guide into thematic chapters like “Blue and White Forever,” “Beautiful Brights,” “Sun Faded Hues,” “Timeless Neutrals” and “Garden Greens.” And because no proper California project is complete without a Hollywood heavyweight, famed film director and screenwriter Nancy Meyers (Something’s Gotta Give, The Intern) adds serious star power by penning the book’s foreword.

Academy Award-winning costume and set designer Sir Cecil Beaton was the original style-setter for social swans. Cecil Beaton at Home: An Interior Life ($85, Rizzoli) explores the private quarters of the original multihyphenate, showcasing his beloved country homes—Ashcombe House and Reddish House—as well as his stylish suites in London and New York. With his theatrical homes as a backdrop, an intimate picture of Beaton’s private life unfolds through this fascinating visual biography.

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS The Hollywood Hills home of designer Mark D. Sikes graces the cover of his new book, "Beautiful: All-American Decorating and Timeless Style."