Amelia Handegan: Rooms
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20 October 2016
By Ronda Carman
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Amelia Handegan's Rooms (Rizzoli) is my new favorite book! Using her signature approach to interiors (rooms rooted in warmth and comfort), leading Southern interior designer Amelia Handegan is known for her sophisticated eclectic interiors. Equally she is recognized and for her sensitive restoration of national historic houses. Amelia fearlessly embraces a mix of Old World elements, such as elegant antiques, wall murals, luxurious fabrics and passementerie, and stenciled floors, with modern furnishings and well-chosen cultural objects, such as vibrant hand-woven textiles and carved deities. Several artfully designed homes are profiled, including a colorful beach cottage on Folly Island, South Carolina, a rustic cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains, an apartment in a 1920s neoclassical revivalist style building in Charleston, South Carolina, and Rose Hill, a refurbished eighteenth-century Virginia plantation house. 

For nearly thirty years, Amelia Handegan has run her Charleston-based interior design firm.Her work has appeared in such publications as Architectural DigestVeranda, House Beautiful, and British House& Garden. She has been included in House Beautiful’s 100 Best Designers in America list and the Robb Report’s Guide to the World’s Top 40 Interior Designers.