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Creating a Home [Hardcover]

Kathryn M. Ireland

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1.0 out of 5 stars Total Disappointment 8 Sep 2009
By J. Zenz - Published on
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I have her previous book and was waiting for this one to come out, with excitement I might add. Well, save your money and if you really want to look at the book, go to the library or the bookstore. It's a rehash of her work and previously printed material, as well as photo shoots that were done by one of the fashion magazines. Pure self-promotion. These days I want more for my money. I actually returned this book after looking at it...that's how disappointed I was in the book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I Loved Kathryn M. Ireland...Until She Opened Her Mouth. 8 Aug 2011
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I didn't know much about Ireland until I saw an episode of Million Dollar Decorators. I found her to be daffy and annoying in person, but thought her fabrics, home and designs were lovely (a tad like my design idol Peter Dunham, although he is of course the master). I've been Internet stalking her ever since: poring over her website, searching Google for images, reading every blog post and magazine article about her I can find. Finally I ordered this book, hoping for a nice overview of her style. What a disappointment.

First, this book is about one single house Ireland decorated. So be prepared for at least 5 different angles of each room, because there's not a lot to show here. Second, nearly every single interesting picture (the ones that aren't extreme close ups of door knobs, tiles, flowers or pillows) are already available on her website. So there is nearly nothing new in terms of room ideas here. Third, the text is awful. I get that an interior designer has to have a certain...flair...but Ireland is full of herself to the point of boorishness. She talks about herself nearly constantly. And if that weren't enough, you can't miss the treacly quotes *about* Ireland (mostly by other designers!) she has scattered throughout the book in oversize typeface. As well, this book could have really used a good editor - you can pick any page and read the first two sentences and you'll get the gist of everything else written on that page; the rest is just a plodding and rambling repetition and rephrasing of what the original two sentences said.

In contrast, I kept thinking about Celerie Kemble's book To Your Taste, and the engaging and thoughtful accompanying text (even though Kemble's design style is not so much to my liking). Kemble actually seems to want to be helpful to readers of her book: she offers her thoughts on design principles, how to pick furniture, how to make important aesthetic decisions, mixing materials and textures. All very useful stuff. Ireland, on the other hand, wants to fawn over herself and let you watch. To top it all off, not related to this book, I was sifting through Ireland's blog the other night and saw where she wrote that only children of Republicans should be allowed to be drafted into war. What a nut! I don't usually look to interior designers for hate-filled political commentary, but there you have it.

In short, I loved Ireland until she opened her mouth. This is definitely a case of better seen than heard.
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3.0 out of 5 stars needs better editing 4 Sep 2011
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The contents of the book are good and if, like me, you like this kind of architecture and decor and, as I do, you like remodeling and construction, you will find this book interesting. However, all the photographs should have descriptions and they don't....that would make the book a much easier read. And, since the book is about the remodeling of an old house, it would be have been interesting to see the before and after floor plans.....that would have given the reader a better scope of the project and a better idea of the author's concept for the remodel. Also, there should have been pictures of each room with the caption of the work done (sort of a before and after) and the description of each room.
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful...even soulful 7 Mar 2010
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I loved learning the history of the libbey ranch and watching the restoration of this amazing property page by page. Ms Ireland pulls the reader in on the smallest details to the largest. If you love historic and spanish colonial homes...You will love this. If you are a fan of Irelands use of textiles and will get an eyeful here.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Pics! 19 May 2014
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This is my favorite of all of her books! Elle Décor had a full spread of this house after Kathryn sold it to Reese Witherspoon. I thought that Kathryn's version of this farmhouse was better than Reese's designer friend's version. Reese's designer sucked the whimsy and color out of it...sadness. Kathryn's style, I thought, fit the flavor of this house perfectly. Buy this book and choose for yourself.
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