About Julia Reed

Julia Reed is a columnist at Garden & Gun magazine and a contributing editor at Elle Décor. She also contributes to The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, and The New York Times, and makes frequent appearances on MSNBC. She is the author of five books, including But Mama Always Put Vodka in the Sangria, Adventures in Eating, Drinking and Making Merry and the upcoming One Man’s Folly, The Exceptional Houses of Furlow Gatewood, which will be published by Rizzoli on April 1.

Coffee Table Tomes

Books December 20th, 2012 — by:

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On the hunt for a gift your loved ones will cherish long after the tinsel and baubles have been taken down? These coffee table books will furnish their living room and occupy their languid afternoons for years to come…

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For the Fashion-Obsessed

There’s never a shortage of new hardbacks for fashion fans. This winter’s hottest picture-laden options include Vogue: The Editor’s Eye – a look at the work of eight of the publication’s most renowned editors; Little Black Jacket: Chanel’s Classic Revisited – Lagerfeld’s ode to one of Coco’s most iconic and versatile designs; and American Beauty – portraits of 100 of the country’s most interesting and striking women including Lily Aldridge, Solange Knowles, and Jenna Lyons.

1. American Beauty, $65; 2. Little Black Jacket: Chanel’s Classic Revisited, $98; 3. Vogue: The Editor’s Eye, $75

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For the Design Obsessed

Help hone their eye for immaculate design with these three innovative interiors books. Charismatic TV personality and star designer Thom Filicia takes readers inside his long-term renovation project and beloved country home in American Beauty; classic purveyors of fine fabrics Fortuny Interiors are the focus of a tome by the same name; and the work of one of the most influential US designers of the last 25 years is celebrated in Victoria Hagan: Interior Portraits.

1. Fortuny Interiors, $75; 2. American Beauty, Thom Filicia, $45; 3. Rizzoli Victoria Hagan Book, $50

For the Society Obsessed

Know a bona fide social butterfly? When they’re not out painting the town red they’ll be poring over these three: High Society provides a flash of insight into one of the most notoriously exclusive social circles in history – New York’s upper-classes; Rivera Cocktail offers a vicarious glimpse of the celebrity scene in the 50s and 60s on the Rivera coast; and The World of Gloria Vanderbilt chronicles the life of an iconic heiress, painter, muse, designer, model, writer, entrepreneur, actor and irrepressible socialite.

4. The World of Gloria Vanderbilt, $40; 5. Riviera Cocktail, $39.95; 6, High Society, $65



Book It!

Books December 11th, 2012 — by:

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For the Theater Buff and Music Lover: Look, I Made a Hat, by Stephen Sondheim

For the Soft-Hearted Dog Lover: Mutts, by Sharon Montrose

For the Fabulous Fashionista: Vogue: The Editor’s Eye

For the Tennis Buff: The Centre Court Story- Wimbledon, by Maurice Brady

Second Row, from left:

For the Perfect Host or Hostess: The Modern Mixologist, by Tony Abou-Ganim

For the House Obsessed: Rooms, by Katie Ridder

For the Incurable Sweet Tooth: Desserts from the Famous Loveless Cafe, by Alisa Huntsman

For the Party Animal: Hair of the Dog and Other Hangover Cures, by Dominic Bliss


Today we launched our first-ever holiday gift guide catalog completely curated by 10 of the most well-known bloggers/tastemakers online! Each blogger chose their favorite Taigan products to provide you with the best, most inclusive gift guide possible so you can complete your holiday shopping with ease! Click the photo below to check it out:



Here is the complete roster of our  fabulous trend setters:

1 – Coco + Kelley (Gifts for the Fashionable Woman)
2 – Into the Gloss (Gifts for the Beauty Guru)
3 – Sous Style (Gifts for the Foodie)
4 – The Love List (Gifts for the Collector)
5 – Guerreisms (Gifts for Men)
6 – Mrs. Lilien (Gifts for the Jewelry Lover)
7 – Camille Styles (Gifts for the Hostess)
8 – Elements of Style (Gifts for The Home Décor Enthusiast)
9 – Habitually Chic (Gifts for the Book Lover)
10 – Senior Editor at Traditional Home Tori Mellott (Gifts for Children)

Not only can you access this gift guide here, but you’ll also be able to find it on all of Taigan’s social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+), and on all of these bloggers’ social media outlets.

Once you take a look, we’d LOVE to get your feedback! Enter our Taigan Holiday Wish List Pinterest contest ending December 3. Go ahead and make your own gift guide for a chance to win a $500 shopping spree on Taigan. It’s as easy as that! Look below for complete details:

Happy holiday shopping! Let us know what’s on your holiday wish list so far!

“The truth is, things matter,” Nate Berkus writes in the introduction to his latest book. He continues, “They have to. They’re what we live with and touch each and every day. They represent what we’ve seen, who we’ve loved, and where we hope to go next.” The Things That Matter, which came out this month, is a deeply personal book on decorating.

Stunning photographs take us inside twelve very different homes. Beyond beautiful interiors, the book provides touching and personal reflections on how we live with the things around us.  It’s a compelling and refreshing way to think of design. Tomorrow is Book Lover’s day, so share your favorite design books in the comments!


Another twinkling, snow-covered catalogue in my daily mail, another gentle reminder that Christmas is two months away.  So not too long ago while browsing Taigan’s website I (The Constant Tourist) came across their eclectic library of books.  I scribbled a note to myself to revisit this selection as the holidays drew near – such a cool brood of new and vintage books destined to make great gifts for some folks on my list.  And who doesn’t love a great book?  A thoughtfully selected book, particularly one full of beautiful pictures, is a fantastic gift not only to give but to receive.  And when your pal has finished reading, the book can still be put to fine use as a coffee table or guest nightstand piece.  Below are several Taigan books I’ve got my eye on for holiday gift-giving, they’re also all $125 and under.  Go on, pick up a few for yourself too.


for  the  D E C O R I S T A

Vintage Remix: The Interiors of Kishani Perera by Absolution | $35

for  the  F A S H I O N I S T A

The Fashion Makers, 1970s American Fashion by Nick Harvill Libraries | $65

for  the  F O O D I E

Anthony Bourdain’s Les Halles Cookbook by Books & Books | $37.50

for  the  L O V E   OF   D O G S

Elliot Erwitt’s Dogs by Absolution | $29.95

for  the  L O V E   OF   C A T  S

French Cat by Absolution | $29.95

for  the  H I S T O R I A N

Creole Houses by Absolution | $37.50

for  the  E C L E C T I C

Vintage Tattoos by Absolution | $29.95

for  the  A D M I R E R   O F   F I N E   C R A F T S M A N S H I P

Makers of Distinction, Suppliers to the Town & Country by Nick Harvill Libraries | $125

for  the  M U S I C I A N

Music Box by: Gino Castaldo by Absolution | $29.95

for  the  T R A V E L E R

Beaches: 100 Ultimate Escapes by Absolution | $40

for  the  W O M A N   W H O   H A S   I  T   A L L

Encyclopedia of the Exquisite by Books & Books | $27.95

for  the  M A N   W H O   H A S   I  T   A L L

Luxury Toys 50th Anniversary Edition by Absolution | $40

Happy reading,