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Pure Style Living [Hardcover]

Jane Cumberbatch , Pia Tryde
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Aug 2001
This work embraces a philosophy of style which advocates practical, affordable, sensual and natural ideas for the home. It offers practical techniques and easy-to-follow projects such as covering a chair, laying a fire and planning a vegetable plot.
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.


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  • Hardcover: 408 pages
  • Publisher: DK Publishing (Aug 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789480158
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789480156
  • Product Dimensions: 29 x 24.2 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,337,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Queen of Simple' Jane Cumberbatch has sold over 450,000 books.

" I believe that you can make your home look and feel beautiful without spending lots of money" says Jane


"My new book 'Jane Cumberbatch's Recipes for Everyday'(Pavilion, April 2011) has masses of inexpensive, simple and stylish recipes, together with lots of ideas for making your garden and home more beautiful. .

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About the Author

Jane Cumberbatch has worked on the leading UK interior design magazines Elle Decoration, Homes and Gardens, and Good Housekeeping. She has also contributed features to The Sunday Telegraph and The Observer. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensory Delight 4 Aug 2001
Format:Hardcover
After reading Pure Style by Jane Cumberbach, I eagerly awaited her next book. I have to be honest that when the book arrived I was dismayed by the cover, it didn't have the appeal of it predessor although the sheer size of this book made up for this shortcoming.
Well they always say that you should never judge a book by its cover! This can certainly be said for Pure Style Living! You open the book and the pages just shine and out at out, inviting you to keep turning the pages! It portrays a life that we would all adore, of relaxed living, beautiful surroundings, good food and well being. It even invites you to become creative, giving you simple and concise directions to create the beautiful items displayed in the book! Yes any of us can begin to make the life that Jane Cumberbach tempts us with! Each photo is glorious in its colour and content, in fact you keep going back to look again, finding details and ideas that you missed before. This book offers you a life that I know I can achieve, not one that requires a lot of money or an entourage of designers, rather one that can be created with the materials we have at hand and a little bit of imagination. Again, like her first book the author has provided a vast array of colours, textures, scents and tastes indeed a Sensory Delight! My only critisism is that the book is so large, I have problems trying to read it in bed! However, instead of reading, I suspect I should now be relaxing in my newly created haven helped along by Jane Cumberbach!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Down-to-Earth Living Style 9 Aug 2002
By Rebecca of Amazon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
"What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?"
~W.H. Davies

Jane Cumberbatch has a vision for a simpler existence that is more balanced and natural. She enjoys making her home more sensual, while also encouraging a practical environment in which you can really live. She is the mother of three children who thinks of her home as the heart of her daily life. To her, it is a place where she can connect with her real self.

The ideas in this book are affordable and there are a few moments of pure inspiration.

The contents include:

Recipes
Sources
Living
Nature
Scents
Texture
Eating
Architecture
Function
Order
Fabrics
Color
Work
Gardening
Playing
Washing
Sleeping
Flooring
Painting

This book is more about living simply than creating complicated projects. This is a book about how to make a home more stylish, sensual and peaceful.

There are useful ideas like how you can grow your own produce, recycle items you would normally throw away or how to use fewer chemicals and maybe even make your own compost heap.

I found the text inspirational and thought provoking in many ways. It is creative and evokes a feeling of crisp ideas, nostalgic memories from childhood and an awakening to the senses. Pictures of hanging clothes on a clothesline or sweeping a porch barefoot almost make you long for simpler times.

The pictures pour themselves over the pages with sheer beauty. This is a book you will want to sit and read while comfortably snuggling on your couch (which you wish looked like the pink one on page 190 where a child is peacefully sleeping) with a down comforter and a cup of tea. The pictures are interspersed with text in the first section. This is a combination of visual and intellectual appeal which I found to be almost unique in its form.

There are cute ideas like a bowl of soup decorated with a heart crouton and herbs which I really thought was delightfully fun. The pictures of making a raspberry fool look absolutely sinfully delicious. You just want to put a spoonful of raspberries in your mouth or enjoy the process of folding berries into cream.

Then there are ideas for scenting your bedlinen with fragrances or protecting your clothes with natural cedarwood blocks. There is a visual directory of ideas. The last section compliments the first as it gives you ideas on the materials needed to achieve the natural atmosphere described in the first section.

There are ideas for building a fire on a damp blustery day or how to bring nature into your home to increase tactile sensations.

While the ideas in "play" are not necessarily that original, you may have forgotten how as a child you carved out potato art to make potato prints. There is a cute way to decorate a tree with heart shaped pastry.

To find the recipes you have to turn to page 393 where you can find "mini" recipes for Chestnut soup, roast chicken with lemon and herb butter, chicken stock, sautéed carrots, mince pies, chocolate truffles, orange and almond cake and heart-shaped biscuits.

After reading this book I had this almost ecstatic feeling of just peaceful oneness with the earth and home. My thought it is due to the combination of visual and intellectual appeal.

A treat for the senses! Highly recommended for new home makers or for anyone who wants to immerse themselves in dreams, thoughts and creative ideas for a few hours. Another idea would be to read this book out in the sun with the breeze blowing through your hair.

A free-flowing book of inspirational ideas. It is brilliant in its simplicity!

~TheRebeccaReview.com
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Definite Must Have! 29 Aug 2001
By Ella Chesnutt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I've been a fan of Jane's since Pure Style and was eagerly awaiting by Amazon delivery of her new Pure Style Living. I was not disappointed. While this may be marketed as a home design text, it is really a philosophy of contemporary living combining gracious style with a remembrance of all those things that make you feel warm, cozy and comfortable. Her approach to living is fresh and her ideas can easily be incorporated into your everyday life - they are simple and affordable and a welcome change to a contemporary world full of just "too much stuff." I'd definitely love to have lunch with Jane!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK for a Browse 6 April 2005
By Virginia Allain - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Liberal use of white space and highlighted key words try to lend weight to the flimsy text of this lifestyle book. Unfortunately there is barely enough content for a series of newspaper columns.

The photos are first rate, but don't rescue the book.

Example: Under SEASONAL PRODUCE, the author says "Buy fresh produce locally and in season for better taste and texture." The illustrations filling most of that page are a series of colorful photos of tomatoes, cabbage, mushrooms, etc.

The interior shots and garden scenes would fit very well in a book on English country homes. These are lovely.

Tacked on at the end is a page with 13 recipes. Another appendix includes 13 pages of address for buying linens, accessories, lighting, etc. Only in a few places in the book are project instructions included (table runner, felt and ribbon bulletin board, comforter cover).

Mostly the text is banal and Martha Stewart has nothing to fear from this author.
4 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great photos, silly text 12 Feb 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This looked very tasty and the photos are indeed quite lovely. Unfortunately, there is not an original idea in this entire book. The author sets herself up as the next Martha Stewart but she just hasn't got it. Take this excerpt on serving raspberry fool "Spoon it into small wine glasses or secondhand 1930s ice cream glasses." Yuck! They HAVE to be secondhand, and 1930s, not '40s. The whole tone of the book is ignorant and twee.
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