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Artist, collector, and entertaining guru Cathy Graham shares her secrets for gracious living and memorable get-togethers in Second Bloom. Graham covers the essential elements that make every event shine—flowers, paper components, table setting, and food presentation. Quentin Bacon’s photographs of a seaside gathering, a casual cocktail party, or a lively dinner in honor of a friend show how to achieve winning possibilities with ease. Approaching life with a sense of whimsy, Graham demonstrates how to arrange flowers and create original touches, such as hand-drawn one-of-a-kind invitations or her practice of scattering collectable miniatures on her dinner tables. Filled with Graham’s charming sketches, Second Bloom shows how to create truly special occasions.
About the Author
Alexis Clark, a former editor at Town & Country, writes for numerous publications, including Condé Nast Traveler and the New York Times. She is an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Joanna Coles, former editor in chief of Cosmopolitan, is chief content officer of Hearst Publications. Coles lives in New York.
Quentin Bacon and Andrew Ingalls are New York–based entertaining and lifestyle photographers.
“Never was there a more beautiful book! Second Bloom is an extraordinary achievement not just of Cathy's great talent—it's a work of art. Every detail and every page is just perfection. The cover! The endpapers, printed so it's hard to believe they’re not the original watercolors! And the binding looks like hand-painted linen, every detail crisp and visible. Just sitting on a table the book brings joy, let alone when you open it. The quality of the printing is extraordinary—I want to frame every page. The colors and the clarity and the quality and the detail, down to the shadows of the petals—amazing! I do think the book is the greatest value—where else can you get a work of art for $35.00? And best of all, Second Bloom truly conveys Cathy's unique and original and brilliant artistry.”
— Howard Slatkin, author, Fifth Avenue Style
"There are few sights as satisfying as a perfectly presented floral arrangement. . . . Second Bloom: Cathy Graham's Art of the Table [inspires] with so many dazzling images."
"A seat at Cathy Graham's table has long been a coveted invitation. . . . Graham has captured her one-of-a-kind eye and dry visual humor in a new book, Second Bloom: Cathy Graham's Art of the Table, peppered with her charming watercolors."