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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Abbeville Press Inc.,U.S. (1 Mar. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789204304
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789204301
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 1.7 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 30 July 2004
Format: Hardcover
If there is just one book you have to buy to learn about and enjoy Mediterranean style, this is it! The lay-out is inspirational, packed with ideas and suggestions and glossy photos of exteriors and interiors from different Mediterranean countries - Greece, Italy, France, Spain, Morocco etc. There are also several projects you can try your hand at, to re-create Mediterranean style in your own home, such as making Moorish studded doors, a pebble floor, a sand-effect wall amongst others. Whilst it does not pretend to be an authority on each style, it at least gives the reader a genuine idea. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan Field on 29 July 2013
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Thsi bookm is great for getting to style without the cost. Its a great read and table book Buy it and enjoy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By christine Whitehead on 23 Nov. 2013
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Lots of useful ideas and tips. Great for those thinking of furnishing a house in Spain in the Spanish style.
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Simplicity, Warmth and Inspiration 4 Feb. 2005
By Amanda Richards - Published on Amazon.com
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Due to unforeseen circumstances whereby my lower living area was suddenly subjected unceremoniously to several feet of murky moisture, I found myself in need of a partial home makeover, but with a shoestring budget and a short time frame.

Fortuitously, this book came through it unscathed, and I took it as an omen that Mediterranean was the way it should be.

The pictures are strikingly beautiful, the colors breath-taking, and my family may not be over-excited to hear that the foyer will now be a washed purple color with an earthen colored roof, accented by a canary yellow metal staircase. The book banishes all fear of the lavish use of color, clearly illustrating how color can enhance your surroundings, making a cozy nest of warmth and harmony.

The furniture and accessories are all rustic and simple, the formula being wood, iron, stone, tile and carpet.

If you're the Victorian or romantic type, there's no toile de joie in lavender and pink in this book, no overstuffed chairs or furniture bearing the legs of any deceased monarch. If however, you're into relaxed, simple, harmonious, rustic and durable decor, this is a good book to use as a guide.

Amanda Richards, February 3, 2005
32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
achievable style 2 Mar. 2002
By ann gillespie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Having lived in the Mediterranean for 10 years, I have a need to return to that place I have come to love. But, since that is no longer an option, I have to find way to bring that flavour to my current home. I found the pictures to be very representative and the advice captured practical essenses of the style. The advice and the how to project are simple and budget oriented and allow someone to add the flavour to their home quickly. Since they make use of small easily changable items they wont be budget breaking if you find out this style is not for you. Anyone can do lush mediterranean if they can afford $30/sq ft ceramic wall tile, but most of us dont have that kind of budget...
44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
Little bit too rustic for my taste 17 Dec. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I just got this book, and although lots of others rave about the photos, the style is a little bit too rustic for my tastes. If you are looking to decorate your home a la small Mediterranean village style, this is definitely for you. However, you won't find any luxurious palaces or mansions here. This book primarily appeals to those who prefer the simple, assymetrical, and distressed look that evoke a centuries-old Mediterranean charm. If your home has fitted carpets or wooden walls as is typical in the San Francisco Bay Area, the style just doesn't seem to fit. I am also far from impressed with the text as it's kind of repetitive, the author mentioned so many times that the Mediterranean style is simple, open, and it evolved due to the balmy Mediterranean climate! As if mentioning the very obvious once is not enough.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
I had to purchase this book 14 Nov. 2005
By M. Wyze - Published on Amazon.com
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I've checked this book out of my local library three times. We've been working with an architect to design a French country house, very simple. No amount of pictures has conveyed the message of simplicity to our architect. He kept giving us elaborate Palladian designs, and I kept saying, "French Mas". not "French Chateau" and certainly not some Monster House version of an Italian Villa. We've decided to end this expensive misunderstanding and begin again with another designer, this time showing the simple pictures in "Mediterranean Style" to convey the simple rusticity that we desire.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful and Useful 26 May 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I have the highest praise for this book and would recommend it to anyone who appreciates and wishes to decorate in the Mediterranean Style. I agree with another reviewer that many of the ideas can be easily and inexpensively implemented. The ingredients of style are all there, making it possible to create a Mediterranean atmosphere in just about any home or apartment.
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