Book Title: A Romance of East and West : Interiors by Mona Hajj
Author: Kathryn O'Shea-Evans
Format: Hardback | 240 pages
Publication Date: 16 Apr 2019
A luxury volume on a luxury designer, A Romance of East and West presents the residential work of Baltimore-based interior decorator Mona Hajj. Characterized by delight and discovery, grandeur, and rustic charm, Hajj's work spans a wide range of historic periods and styles. Her interiors combine a far-reaching global vision with an American emphasis on elegance, comfort, and simplicity. Born in West Africa and educated in Europe, Lebanon, and the United States, Mona Hajj brings a truly eclectic aesthetic to her interiors. Since founding Mona Hajj Interiors in 1990, she has produced a body of work that is grounded in classicism yet influenced by modern-day styles and ways of living. Her international background inspires the work in myriad ways, from the inclusion of a Syrian chest of drawers to a reference to Moroccan ceramic tiles. A Romance of East and West features antique European and Middle Eastern textiles from Hajj's personal collection that inspire the use of color and pattern in her work.