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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: CICO Books (14 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908862904
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908862907
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 17.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 313,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert O'Byrne is one of Ireland's best-known writers on architecture, fine art and design. A former journalist with the Irish Times, he has written extensively on the country's historic houses and their decoration. Among his previous books are Romantic English Homes, Luggala Days and The Perfectly Dressed Gentleman (also published by CICO Books).

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James F. Stephenson on 19 Nov 2009
Format: Hardcover
I liked this book. The photographs are beautiful and the text enlightening. While I admit that my knowledge of Irish history was fairly limited to begin with, I feel that I have expanded my understanding of social and economic change within Ireland over several centuries with Mr. O'Byrne's guidance. I particularly like the later chapters, of the more elegant homes, but it makes a lot of sense to cover the more modest structures in earlier sections, too. Romantic Irish Homes will make a good coffee table book, but one to which I might refer for decorating ideas and furniture resources.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Potterywhizz VINE VOICE on 22 Jun 2010
Format: Hardcover
A most engaging and beautifully photographed collection of houses complete with quirky contents and furniture and interesting hints about the owners. I thought it was a sumptuous read and the commentary which always takes a back seat in such books was unusually intelligent. A glossy coffee table production but in the top echelon of the category
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By pmgoodman on 27 Nov 2009
Format: Hardcover
An atmospheric book with beautiful photographs, inspirational, a parable on the difficult art of distressed elegance. Very enjoyable and an insight on the nature of Irishness.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
A strong case for shabby elegance 8 Oct 2009
By David R. G. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a gem of a book---superb photography (albeit with occasionally poor layout) and congenial, informative writing. It will appeal to anyone who feels that elegance and shabbiness can blend well. The only significant flaw is that the home exterior photos are sparse and inadequate, and in one case missing. Decent exterior shots of a home are vital to appreciate fully that home's internal style. It's also ironic that many of the homes discussed bear a strong Anglo-Irish influence, yet the term "Anglo-Irish" seems to be absent from the text. But I'm very glad to have this book, and give it 8.5 out of 10.
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A Quick Trip to Ireland from my Armchair 2 Jun 2010
By L. M. Keegan - Published on Amazon.com
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What a delightful book! I can take a quick trip to Ireland from my armchair and visit the homes the one usually only sees in the movies. Turning the pages one can tour each home and read interesting details about the decor....multiple generations of wallpaper and paint,etc. Just a delightful excursion into romantic irish homes!
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Romance of an Irish Yesteryear 19 May 2010
By Sparklingsusie - Published on Amazon.com
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I always thought I was eclectic antique in my decorating. After seeing this I realized my Irish roots are showing through in my home even though I never lived there. I loved the photos and the written description in this book. There's a lot of Irish history I didnt know talked about which leads to this unique decorating. I wish my cottage had echos of Irish elegance in it like this book .
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TO LIVE IN THE COUNTRY - LOVELY IRISH COUNTRY !!!!! 11 Feb 2011
By DAVID G. MCHALE IV - Published on Amazon.com
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Here is a gorgeous book beyond words people! Sometimes decorating/style books with the word "Romantic" in the title tend to have inner visuals that are overly culturely feminine (read nauseating!) that even test the tolerance the men of the interior design world! ROMANTIC IRISH HOMES on the other hand is a wonderous balance of luscious interiors that isn't overly feminine or masculine for that matter; taking a needed journey between the two that subconsciously unites the ying/yang androgynous human whole - of course were talking here in interesting design visuals that I think that will appeal to many. There is alot of rusticness days gone by to some of the homes which I just love. Most (of course) have a "somewhere in time" feel to the decor, yet there are some places that sport a more current contempory stylings to them which I didn't expect to find in this book. A pleasant surprise is how much "brighter" the photographs are as well as the overall feel/theme to the book. Maybe it was just my viewing experience with my computer, but the samples online came off much "darker" and I'm glad these homes/book isn't filled with images of doom and gloom - that sometimes can happen with homes photographed in the Northern Territories. I highly recommend this lovely and enchanting volumne to anyone who loves gorgeous rustic period trappings in Tradional, Contemporary, and Artistic abode spaces. A wonderous and joyeous book; ROMANTIC IRISH HOMES is not just for those who soul sings of an Irish/Celtic Spirit, but anyone who wants to be transported into spaces of eternal comforting bliss.
Get it in a larger format if you can 24 Aug 2013
By Ohio Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I have the 9.75" x 7.75" paperback version. Does this book come in a larger format? I love the pictures; they're full of color and detail. But I dislike the small size of the book. The page size is smaller than a typical magazine. There's a lot of good stuff to see, squeezed into a too-small space, which makes the book tiring to look at for long. So the pictures would rate 5 stars but the actual book itself knocks off one or two stars for me.
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