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Pale & Interesting [Hardcover]

Atlanta Bartlett
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Book Description

10 Mar 2011
In Pale & Interesting, stylist Atlanta Bartlett and designer Dave Coote reveal their passion for decorating with a muted palette of subtle shades. The look combines their creative approach with the reality of busy family life, resulting in a stylish yet comfortable home that's easy to live in and easy on the eye. Atlanta and Dave start by taking a look at the design philosophy behind the look: Keep it Simple, Keep it Relaxed and Keep it Real. Next, in Putting It All Together, they map out the key elements of the look: Shades of Pale; Texture & Form; Mixing it Up; Waste Not, Want Not and Collecting. Finally The Rooms, takes a tour throughout the home, revealing how easy and enjoyable it is to live with chalky pastels, earthy natural tones, understated neutrals and muted vintage shades. Pale & Interesting shows how to tap into the look and draw on your own individual taste to create a fresh, light and airy home that's a joy to live in, every single day.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Ryland Peters & Small (10 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849751129
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849751124
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.1 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 232,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Atlanta Bartlett is an interiors stylist well known for her relaxed and accessible style. Having started her styling career at Homes & Gardens, she became a successful freelance stylist and has worked for magazines including Elle Decoration, Livingetc, and Marie Claire, as well as contributing to the launch of Red magazine as the interiors editor.

Atlanta also runs a location agency, www.beachstudios.co.uk, with her husband, David Coote. They have recently launched their own interiors mail-order range, Pale and Interesting, www.paleandinteresting.com.

Atlanta is the author of the internationally best-selling books The Relaxed Home, At Home with White and Easy Elegance (all published by Ryland Peters & Small).

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Atlanta Bartlett is an interiors stylist whose trademark look is accessible and easy-going. Dave Coote is a furniture and interiors designer well known for his quirky, retro style with an emphasis on reclaimed materials.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A useful tool 7 Jun 2011
By LizzieH
Overall I liked this book. I previously bought At Home With White by the same author and was quite disappointed. This book is an improvement, with more 'liveable' styling. The images are inspiring, but look too styled for my liking. This is a good addition to my interiors book collection, there is some cross over with shabby chic I think, but I've found dome great ideas inside. Anything that makes me want to get the sewing machine out, has inspired me enough to make the purchase worth it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pale and Interesting 17 May 2011
By Phoebe
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Definitely recommend. I love the pared back but comfy look the Scandinavians do so well - that mix of pale, chalky white, grey or blue which nods to French and Scandi, Shaker, New England or Prairie look. Also love the ideas for sparkly glass, candlesticks and everyday objects used decoratively.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant enough. 14 Feb 2012
By Peasant TOP 500 REVIEWER
I wish this attractive book had the extra substance needed to merit 5 stars. I regularly walk past the shop owned by the authors. Once an old-fashioned ironmongers crammed with stuff like tarred string, it is now all painted white and each of the big double-sided windows flanking the entrance has about 3 objects in it - and this book. Open the pages and there is more of the same; sparse, light-flooded rooms (most of them rather huge) with a few neutral-toned objects set aginst white walls, undyed unbleached textiles, chunky tecture and "found objects". In other words, nothing we haven't seen before, just a whole book of it. It's all very, very nice, but it's not really new, it's not especially original, and it's not easy to copy in an ordinary home.

The text tells us nothing we haven't already read elsewhere, either. We are admonished "Celebrate the beauty of the imperfect and embrace the art of re-use . . ." Where have I heard that before? It is, of course, easier to celebrate the imperfect if your funds are lush enough for you to have the choice of the beautifully imperfect, rather than just the "it's what I can afford" imperfect, and the interiors featured here do rather reek of money. How vulgar to have gold taps and deep rugs when you could have acres of scrubbed boards and distressed vintage leather from a revered designer of the past.

You can imitate the look on a smaller, less affluent scale but it will never have the same impact, as these rooms gain their effect from the light bouncing around a large, mostly empty interior. Those of us who have a modest number of normal-size rooms need to fit more stuff in them (we don't have the luxury of vast cupboards either), and in the process the "look" is largely lost.
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3.0 out of 5 stars If you like shabby... 30 Jun 2011
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I love neutrals, pastels and whites and so I bought this book without realizing the main thrust of the book would be what I assume to be "shabby chic". I don't personally see the beauty in falling apart, worn, and old looking rooms and furnishings that look like they need a good clean and a paint job, but clearly some people do - and this is the book for them. The book is actually rather well put together, plenty of photographs and ideas - if this is your thing then I would recommend it (hence 3 stars), unfortunately not for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book! 14 Oct 2013
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I'll keep it brief... I loved this book. The photographs are stunning and very inspirational to say the least.
Buy it - you won't be disappointed! :)
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I completely love this book. So fresh and the ideas and photography really help you become engrossed in the beauty of this book.
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I read a review of this book in a magazine and made a note to buy it for myself as we were renovating a house .It lived up to expectations and is very inspirational both with ideas for what to buy and how to revamp existing furniture and objects. Would recommend it to anyone with an interest in interiors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure & Simple 27 Dec 2012
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I bought this book because I am looking for inspiration for my new home and love the simplicity of white and the clutter free look. This book is full of inspiration and ideas showing you how to get the look. It also has a very good resource section at the back. Besides being a useful and inspiring book it makes for a lovely "coffee table" book.
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