Glamour. It speaks to us of precious metals, exotic woods, custom furnishings, and fabrics plucked directly off the Silk Road. It's opulence. It's elegance. But surprisingly, it's also within reach. "Glamour has to do with a certain theatricality, drama, and personal mystique in the same way that the black-and-white headshots of movie stars in the'40s did," says Michael Lassell, features director of Metropolitan Home and the author of Met Home's newest book, . "It doesn't have to be all about money. It's all about individuality and imagination."
Glamour explores the concepts and objects that bring this effect to life, from daring palettes to exaggerated scale; spectacular chandeliers to larger than life fireplaces. The book turns more than 200 photographs from the last five years of Metropolitan Home into tips to make any space both livable and alluring. "Just like in the magazine, the idea is not to look at a photograph and simply repeat it in your own home," Lassell says. Instead, he encourages readers to learn from these images, snag ideas, and soak up the sage advice from top interior designers—but apply what suits their style.