Mona Hajj: Interior Visions

The Monacelli Press

For the last two decades, Mona Hajj has been crafting interiors that combine a luxurious global vision with an American emphasis on elegance, comfort and simplicity. Hajj’s body of work is grounded in classicism yet influenced by the contemporary; her international upbringing — born in Africa and educated in Europe, Lebanon and the United States — is evidenced in her exceptional eye for rugs, antiques and fixtures.

Her first book, INTERIOR VISIONS showcases Hajj’s distinct and original aesthetic. Characterized by delight and discovery, grandeur and rustic charm, Hajj’s work spans a wide range of historic periods and styles. In the foreword, Allan Greenberg writes: “Her choices of colors, fabrics, and furnishings and her marvelous sense of scale transform even the most mundane of rooms into a magical kingdom.”

Beautifully photographed projects — from a luxurious beach house in Delaware to a John Russell Pope designed house in Baltimore to the Embassy of Luxembourg in Washington, D.C. — display a thoughtful treatment of architecture, color and lighting, as well as an eye for the defining detail. Among the myriad of culturally and historically diverse adornments are Persian rugs, Flemish tapestries, Japanese screens, Italian chandeliers, and Chinese chargers. Finally, two residences presented in great detail — the author’s own apartment in a historic Baltimore building and an expansive horse farm in Kentucky — demonstrate a vision that is at once specific and inclusive, personal and grand, intimate and sumptuous.

Mona Hajj founded her design firm, Mona Hajj Interiors, in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1990. She has been selected as one of ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST’s 100 top designers and architects, and her work has been published in numerous magazines and received much recognition including ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST, HOUSE BEAUTIFUL, SOUTHERN ACCENTS, and many other magazines. This is her first book.