Picks and Pans Review: House & Garden's Best in Decoration

updated 06/06/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/06/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Way upscale and sumptuous, this coffee-table book has more than 250 color photos showing the work of about 30 of the world's top interior designers, including current New York rages Mario Buatta and Mark Hampton. These masters show rooms in their own homes as well as those they've done for the likes of Bill Blass and Baroness Guy de Rothschild. Readers also visit a New England farmhouse, a Paris apartment and an Italian palazzo. Even if you don't have $100,000 or so lying around to hire Mario or Mark, you can curl up with this book and fantasize about an evening at Oscar de la Renta's: "The imperturbable James—formerly a footman at Buckingham Palace—has just lit the candles and put the last touches to the grog tray. The heat from the wood fire is opening up hundreds of parrot tulips jammed into urn after urn." (Random House, $35)

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