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Rooms to Inspire: Favorite Rooms of Top Designers Hardcover – 14 May 2007

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Inspiration Indeed! 28 April 2007
By style court - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The title of Annie Kelly's new book is spot-on -- the rooms featured here truly are inspirational. Although many of the interiors have been published previously in magazines or books, the images here offer a fresh perspective.

For example, 12 pages are devoted to Kelly Wearstler's Hillcrest estate. The pictures show a slightly different view than what was published in Wearstler's second book, Domicilium Decoratus, and Annie Kelly provides detailed analysis of the residence.

Other designers included in Rooms to Inspire, but not mentioned in the publisher's description, are Miles Redd, Lynn von Kersting, Suzanne Rheinstein and Steven Gambrel. For me, one of the most inspirational homes featured is the author's -- Annie Kelly is a decorator and design journalist.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Soul Spectator - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I decided that it was my responsibility to make the rating higher for this book, after seeing what a couple of other reviewers said. This IS NOT a book that you would find at Home Depot, and the homes are not the style that you would see on HGTV. Of course Vidal Sassoon's home or Kelly Wearstler's are filled with rare furnishings, but the purpose is to show individuality and set a basis of thought for people to visit their local thrift store or vintage furniture store. These homes are personal, and Tim Street Porter's photography is wonderful. Don't forget that the book is a great price.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely gorgeous book! 26 Jun. 2007
By L. K. Royet - Published on
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This book is a feast for the eyes. I purchased it initially because I love Kelly Wearstler's decorating and it features one of her homes, but the whole book is amazing & full of wonderful interior decorators, from traditional with a twist to modern & minimalist. A great addition to any coffee table collection.
Following the money. Nowhere, it turns out. 8 Sept. 2012
By Jerry B - Published on
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From the first page to last, this book is glossy evidence of what hands full of cash can do, with little help from anything else, when thrown at room after room.

There's not much talent here, given the promise of "America's Best Designers." More like a running catalog of no-restriction shopping and over-done curtains -- always a bad sign -- and to make matters even worse, it's all photographed in absurdly overly-propped settings, better suited to a cook book than to the work of, dare I repeat it, "American's Best Designers."

Compared to Jan Shower's excellent "Glamorous Rooms," which arrived at the same time, this one would be a profound disappointment if it weren't just so -- silly.

Recommendation: Avoid at all costs. Even used at $9.74 it's overpriced.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Superbly shot intelligently written 5 Aug. 2010
By the mero merovingian - Published on
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First off all this book is probably not for readers who live in the suburbs, eat apple pie, and love back yard bar-b-ques.

Its more geared for the reader who is cosmopolitan (at heart), has experienced many different peoples and cultures, and is interested in seeing what is possible for the mind that is not limited by mass consumption, and the regurgitated ideas of mass media. Yes, the homes and rooms all belong to people of means, either interior designers or those that can afford to hire them. This is NOT shabby chic interior decorating.

That being said, and I am not a person that can afford an interior decorator, the book was a fascinating voyage into the most creative American interiors. Antiques are there. Art is there. Expense is there. Frugality is there. Risks are there. And conservativeness is there. The rooms are wonderfully photographed giving the reader a full view of exactly what is going on in each home/room.

The article accompanying each set helps the reader to understand the underpinning ideas behind each place, which to me is better than a how to manual on what/when/where/how. Many of us live in places that were built before contractors embraced the conformity of suburban sprawl and thus find ourselves in digs where no two are the same. Ideas thus have to adapted and personalized in order to work. I believe that a person could take this book and develop a personal style based on their own beliefs about how one's home should make one feel, not a crass and thoughtless imitation of some mass marketed brand that gains the approval and acceptance of other mindless opinions. It takes a confident and informed person to do that and this book will help you to get there through beautifully photographed, wildly differing, and wonderfully inspiring spaces with intelligent commentary thereupon.

If you are passionate about your space, an urbanite(at heart), and have access to the new and the old, the internet, strange and beautiful spaces, good resources for fabric, paint, millwork, etc. this book will inspire you. If you're a lame, a copycat, suburbanite(at heart), wannabe, wallmart shopper, mass consumer, hypnotized HGTV watcher or the like, you'll hate this book.
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