"My Passion For Design" -- Details + Cover Art.

For nearly five decades Barbra Streisand has been one of the most singular figures in American entertainment. From the cabaret to the Broadway stage, from television and film stardom to her acclaimed work as a director, from the recording studio to the concert hall, she has demonstrated that the extraordinary voice that launched her career was only one of her remarkable gifts.


Now, in her first book, My Passion for Design, Barbra Streisand reveals another aspect of her talent: the taste and style that have inspired her beautiful homes and collections. My Passion for Design will focus on the architecture and construction of her newest homes, the dream refuge she has longed for since the days when she shared a small Brooklyn apartment with her mother, brother, and grandparents. The book itself, a culmination and reflection of Barbra's love of American architecture and design between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries, will contain many of her own photographs of the rooms she has decorated, the furniture and art she has collected, and the ravishing gardens she has planned on her land on the California coast. In addition to glimpses of her homes, Barbra will share memories of her childhood, the development of her sense of style, and what collecting has come to mean to her.

My Passion for Design is a rare and intimate private tour into the world of one of our most beloved stars that will be welcomed by her fans and all lovers of the great achievements of American design.

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Comments for this News article

I have been so busy with graduate school that I just recently purchased a copy (June 2012)!

What a wonderful book! The photography is nothing short of wonderful. Barbra's methodical approach to interior design and architecture is not unlike the approach that a good teacher takes: the best teachers are those who care the most about teaching. The passion for teaching is most important because it influences preparation, which is an important time of exploration, reflection and refinement. You can see that is what Barbra did with her home. Bravo Barbra!

Just got my copy and I am in awe of her estate. The opening line about always being in pursuit of beauty really hit home with me. I am 57 and I have always had this passion, too. I believe it is born into a person like other characteristics. I was told by an astrologer that I am a double Pisces with many of my planets in Venus which gives me this real love of beauty. The colors she has chosen have given me so much inspiration. At 9 years old I had my dad build me a tree house which ended up not being in a tree but rather a wooden box in the corner of the yard. It was to be our play army fort. I decided it needed some decorating so I used my parents handmade very heavily lined satin bed spread and floor length drapes without them knowing it. They were a wedding gift from my grandparents in 1949. They were olive green satin with small pink embroidered roses. My fort was not rain proof, need I say more.

Dearest-dearest Barbra, I hope you will be reading this in peace and joy! I got your first vinyl disk when I was 15 years old in Russia in 1978. My dad bought it for me - it had an absolutely beautiful picture of you on the front cover, it was all in orange colors... As it was one of two and only vinyl disks we owned that time I played your songs 100 times a day and I learnt all of them by heart: "…it's a lazy afternoon...” Later when I got married, had kids and we immigrated to Australia my now-late husband bought me all your CDs as a birthday present in 1996. Happy I was!!! We listened to all your performances recorded on our way camping around Australia - everywhere - for about a month. Then we saw Yentl and I fell in love with not only your voice but your energy, beauty, talent and your gentleness. You were always my raw model in life: everywhere I went and all the troubles and happiness I met on my way: your beauty was always next to me... Now I will buy your book when it's out and gift it to my adorable daughter Masha. God bless you, amazing-amazing woman!

You are positively an inspiration. Your homes are quite beautiful - all because of you and in addition you have done all of the photography. I can so relate to spending so much time making exactly the right choices and then coming home to find a carpenter has made the wrong (independently) decision. I am in currently changing my living room and I will use many of your ideas. I am in upstate NY and as it was -22 here this morning - it was great day to once again go through your book before I return it to the library. Thank you so much.

I got the book and I absolutely love it!!! The pictures in this book are absolutely breathtaking! There are so many details put into this book and that makes it so much more amazing! I'm only 15 but I'm such a HUGE fan!!

i love this entire series!! i get so excited everytime a new one comes out Laughing out loud and this one was great!

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I have always loved Water Wheels and when I saw your design I just had to comment. - My wife and i built our own log home by ourselves. I have wanted to build a waterwheel outside of it with a waterfall into a pond. - Thank You for sharing it.
Robert

Hello Barbra,
I am thrilled to read about your new book! I have taken your design advice from an interview you did many years ago… I think you were in New York and you said you love to have the colors of your flowers outside work with the same colors of your room....I work for an Fine Art Company as an Executive Asst. and I am in charge of designing the showrooms across United States, I always make sure our fresh flowers flow into each show room with the perfect color scheme. Our clients always complement us on this thanks to you. I so look forward to your new book and more ideas from your creative eyes. One last note, One time on opening day of our showroom in North Carolina I knew one of our top clients were coming and she loves your music so I had the flowers in place and played your cd” Guilty”…she came in the door with her assistance trailing behind her and literally started dancing….It doesn’t get better then that! My boss looked at me with a big smile and started dancing with our client. Thank you for so much Barbra I love your passion & style and I plan on purchasing your book for myself and gifts for the holidays.
Love & Peace,
Diana

Hi Barbra,
Last night was the first time I have seen your "Barn" house. Its gorgeous! Like being in another world. A few years ago you were in a friends antique shop back east and he told me you were such a delightful person. Very down to Earth and so very kind. I said to him, "That's my Barbra"!
Oh, one question. Do you have to turn that big water wheel thing off at night so you and Jim can sleep? Yes, I think too much...
Much love my dear friend, Jeff

Hi... I have a great passion for design too and I absolutely agree you. And I'd like to say you, Barbra, that you are like a fabulous design where no time neither space can macculate it...you are a True Lady!

Barbara,

I know I'm only one of millions of fans - but I've always felt "cosmically" connected to you - and feel that I truly understand you. I've driven to your cul-de-sac a couple of times for a respectable, possible, peak - alas - to no avail. Would you make an Interior Designer's dream come true and autograph your book for me? If not, no matter, I am pre-ordering it from Amazon today, July 15th. You are one of the planet's greatest treasure's - and the fact that you are so tremendously multi-talented will go down in history right along with your voice, acting and directing skills. God Bless you and your loved ones - and may you enjoy a happy, healthy, long life. I love you! Have since I was 13! [Now 51] Own every record, every movie you ever made. Peace.
Love, Greg

YAY. I cant wait for it to come out. You never quit do you? Anyways, it sound wonderful and inspiring. I really enjoyed reading what the book was about.

Mandy Peirson(14 years old)
California

Dear Barbra,
I cannot wait for your book! I am looking forward to getting an insight on your personality and childhood from your book. I hope to learn more about you, on a personal level, through your writing. I am extremely thrilled that you decided to write your first novel! I believe the forthcoming of your book will mark a moment in history! I wish you and your family the best of the best!Smiling
~Heather Rapoza
thirteen years old
California

barbra-- i am looking forward in buying and reading this book! you have shown us again what you can do and it has been very fascinating to watch you and i love yiu and your work. god bless you and your family and may all good come to you.

melissa melendez
13 years old
new jersey

When will the book be available for sale??????????????