The Bookshelf: “Veranda: The Romance Of Flowers” By Clinton Smith


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There is nothing we enjoy more than always having fresh flowers in our home. The bursts of color and smells that they introduce into every space just make us happy in every way. They are the hidden gem always present, but sometimes overlooked, gracing the pages of every design magazine and book, and yet these beautifully styled flower arrangements had not yet been championed in this way until now. With an abundance of these images from the Hearst archive, these at times overlooked works of art were the impetus behind Veranda Magazine’s Editor in Chief, Clinton Smith compiling this fabulous new book entitled “Veranda: The Romance of Flowers”.

This is not yet another book of flowers, but instead a true story of love that Clinton has shared with us through graphically laid out pages where each flower is king (or queen!) and the poetry and inspirational quotes that each inspire are dedicated as much importance as the elegantly designed rooms that these flowers call home.

As Aerin Lauder put so eloquently in her foreward: “Flowers can transform a mood and a room, and I am delighted to have all these photographs of eye catching arrangements gathered in one place. Turn the pages…you’ll be inspired.”

The pages of Veranda Magazine has always brought the most sophisticated homes to its readers and now we all have the opportunity to relive some of our favorites while enjoying some that were destined for the “cutting room floor.” Through the pages of this new book, you will find that Clinton Smith has created five chapters: glamorous, bold, magical, contemporary, and honest in order to best allow the flowers and each arrangement to shine on its very own.


The absolute perfect holiday gift, make sure to grab your copy today!

Clinton Smith is the Editor in Chief of Veranda, the celebrated interiors and lifestyle magazine. He is an award-winning journalist who has been covering the fields of interior design, style, architecture, travel, and other luxury lifestyle topics for more than 15 years. During his time at Veranda, the magazine has become the ultimate sourcebook for those on a quest for the best, showcasing the finest in decorating, outdoor living, fine jewelry, flowers, and entertaining. He previously served as the editorial director of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles magazine. He has also worked at Apple Computer’s world headquarters in Silicon Valley, and served as senior editor at Southern Accents magazine. A native Texan, Smith is a graduate of University of Mississippi (Ole Miss).

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