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Living with Light [Paperback]

Gail Abbott
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11 Mar 2010
"Living with Light" takes its inspiration from the northern hemisphere, where winters are long and light is at a premium, and techniques have been developed to make the most of every available second. The style of Scandinavian interiors has evolved from the people's connection to the seasons and nature. Pale, painted rooms with bleached floors reflect as much light as possible, even in winter when deep snow acts as a reflector during the short hours of daylight. Windows are solidly triple-glazed to keep the heat in so, with no need for heavy curtains, they can be simply swathed with fine fabric. Chapter by chapter, "Living with Light" elaborates on creative ideas for decorating the Scandinavian way, using pastel colours as well as the traditional muted palette, unusual fabrics and display techniques that focus on everything from flowers to kitchenware. The homes featured in these pages are traditional or crisply contemporary, and some have interpreted the look in a uniquely personal way, but all are based on a central theme of making spaces light and airy.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: CICO Books (11 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907030344
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907030345
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 21.7 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gail Abbott is an established interior designer, stylist and writer with over twenty years' experience. Gail contributes regularly to home-style magazines, including Homes & Gardens and Ideal Home, and was instrumental in setting up Angel + Blume, the Cambridge-based interior design company. Her other books include Decorating with Blue and White (ISBN 978-1-906094-64-5), Living with White (ISBN 978-1-906525-24-8) and The Newlyweds' Guide to Setting Up Home (ISBN 978-1-906525-73-6), all published by CICO Books.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A helpful book 11 Dec 2009
I found this book to be more useful than I expected. It has lots of good suggestions how to improve the way light is used internally acccompanied with pictures from homes in Scandinavia and the UK. What I particularly liked were other general design hints and tips included inside such as hanging a collection of pictures around a common theme and which ones are more likely to draw the eye in etc. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for ways to maximise the effects of natural light in their interiors.
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This is the book I've been looking for, for a long time. If you want loads of pictures of Gustavian and Swedish-inspired interiors, whether traditional or modern, this is the book to choose - it has page after page of excellent colour photographs, with informative captions and almost none of the usual guff you get in such books. It is not a how-to, but it is very easy to copy or riff on the interiors shown. Since buying it, I have painted most of our living-room furniture distressed white or pale grey, and the difference it has made to light levels is astonishing. Well worth the price of purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars living with light 28 Sep 2011
Love rooms in white and this book has plenty of ideas to turn the house into a calm and relaxing place.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interior design book 4 April 2011
This is a beautiful "coffee table book" and it has photographs and setting pictures, which are lovely to to look at. Very Swedish. I would have liked more specific practical information, for example how to cope with strong sun light in a room, the heat and how to avoid fading and maybe more about how to create the look and where to buy from in the UK.
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