Some titles on the home front:
-- Philip Johnson is one of the most famous living architects today, and his 1949 Glass House in New Canaan, Conn., is considered the exemplar of modern style.
But there's far more to his work than sleek and angular modernism, as shown in "The Houses of Philip Johnson" (Abbeville Press, $75 hardcover), by Stover Jenkins and David Mohney.
After the mid-century, Johnson began to move away from these types of buildings and began working more with softer circular, oval and arched forms, with more conscious reference to historic forms. One of the most surprising examples, given his previous work, is the fully shingled cottage in Big Sur, Calif., that he designed for himself.
-- Because of current security concerns, The White House has suspended tours of the building. But you can get there vicariously through "Treasures of the White House" (Abbeville Press, $11.95), by Betty C. Monkman, its curator, with photographs by Bruce White and Erik Kvalsvik.
This small pocket-size edition is one of the publisher's Tiny Folio titles derived from Monkman's "The White House: Its Historic Furnishings and First Families" (also Abbeville, $60 hardcover) issued last year. It's a compact guide to artwork and furnishings found at the president's house.
-- Along with your furniture, soft goods and their colors are keys to your decorating schemes. "Waverly at Home with Color" (Meredith Books, $29.95 hardcover) illustrates how to work with them to achieve surroundings you can live with for a long time.
Since the book is a tie-in with the manufacturer of fabrics, papers, and other home fashions, you can use the book to preview some imaginative ways to use these elements. There are ideas for creating elegant blue-and-white schemes, warm Mediterranean-baroque decor, and light-hearted retreats for the kids.
-- Consider the hottest color around: red. Stephanie Hoppen shows how to use this powerful hue without going over the top in "Red on Red" (Little, Brown-Bulfinch, $35 hardcover). She covers that part of the color spectrum in detail, from pinks, earth colors, magentas, deep burgundies, and the rest.
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