Expertly Create Your Own ‘Distinctly Modern Interiors’


Shelf Life: Distinctly Modern Interiors

Make space on your coffee table for renowned Dallas-based interior designer Emily Summers‘ beautiful new book, Distinctly Modern Interiors (Rizzoli).

Throughout the pages, Summers–an industry titan who recently celebrated her 40th anniversary in the design business–discusses creating a modernist home, including combining fine art with design, building collections, linking interiors with architecture, updating traditional homes, restoring structures and much more.

“I’d like for readers to be inspired but also empowered to take some of these ideas and make them their own, no matter how large or small,” says Summers. The visually stunning publication features an edited selection of photos from Summers’ vast repertoire of award-winning designs. Dating to the beginning of Summers’ career, the projects showcased range from a contemporary city penthouse to a 1940s ranch and a 1960s Palm Springs getaway.

And while all vary in period and style, and each was created to reflect the personality of the client, “There is consistency in the variety of material finishes, the placement of art, the consideration of unique accessories, and the depth of interesting furniture, both vintage and contemporary,” Summers explains.

For design enthusiasts with a penchant for her covetable streamlined aesthetic, this book is a must-have.