"Ann Getty: Interior Style" offers beautiful photography that, by being bled to page edges, gives the viewer a sense of actually entering the rooms depicted in this design volume. And what exquisite rooms these are, reflecting the highly cultivated taste of Ann Getty, her flawless sense of space planning, and her acquaintance with and access to the finest purveyors of treasures both modern and antique. Just as impressive is the text of author Diane Dorrans Saeks, who provides many fascinating details on how her subject's connoisseurship and vast inventory of furniture, art, and decorative objects evolved. To cite but one small example, there is a most unusual and welcome paragraph on the roles played by Getty's in-house curator.
The book presents some residences decorated by Getty with a relatively spare and modern aesthetic. However, the prevailing style in most of the chapters is best described as a refined combination of the orientalist and the baroque. This style makes extensive use of antique European furniture, luxe fabrics, chinoiserie, and even Ottoman influences. These homes, especially those in which the Gettys themselves live, feature a lavish layering of objects and mixing of fabric and wall decor patterns. It is this richness of detail and Getty's insistence on quality of the highest level that produce rooms surpassingly beautiful, and stunningly complex.