This long-overdue book is the definitive story of the most ambitious and most glamorous midcentury modern house ever built in the USA: Sunnylands, the desert estate of Walter and Leonore (Lee) Annenberg, in Rancho Mirage, California.
Janice Lyle, the Director of Sunnylands Center & Gardens, has been at the estate since 2008, when Leonore Annenberg was still alive. She has deeper knowledge of the house and its contents, and more access to the Annenbergs regarding Sunnylands, than any other nonfamily member. Michael Sean Smith is an American interior designer responsible for the 2010 makeover of the Oval Office and the private living quarters of President and Mrs. Obama.
"Sunnylands: America's Midcentury Masterpiece brings back to
cocktail-fueled life the pink-roofed winter estate of Walter and
Lee Annenberg. . . . At this Palm Springs oasis, U.S. presidents
and the queen of England lounged on buttercream sofas and admired
Impressionist paintings on walls the color of after dinner mints."
-- "Elle Decor"
"Janice Lyle's new book looks at the history, architecture and over-the-top interiors of Sunnylands, the dazzling desert residence of philanthropists Walter and Leonor Annenberg designed by architect A. Quincy Jones and interior designer William Haines."
-- "Los Angeles Times"