This book's images of interiors are not what one would expect to be the lifeblood of such book - good quality interiors photos. Instead, every single illustration is a watercolour, often so simplistic it looks like something a 10-year old would paint. On the cover this is acceptable because it looks pretty and whimsical; but when watercolours make the entire content, this renders the book utterly useless.
There is the obvious question: why on Earth would anyone think this was a good idea? One would certainly not buy an interiors magazine if photos were replaced by wobbly naive watercolours. So why do this in a book? There is no inspiration to be had from the illustrations, they all look unclear and very much the same. Maybe it was done for the sake of the 'art'? Well, art it ain't (I will soon add some scanned images so anyone can make their minds up, but little paintings of curtains and armchairs and sofas etc would hardly qualify as art, would they?).
And anyway, we buy this kind of book to see how other people decorate their homes, via accurate good quality photographs taken from interesting angles - not to see watercolour artists' representations of random indistinguishable rooms. By the same token, if we were interested in watercolour paintings we would not be impressed with a book of magazine photographs showing the landscapes, would we? The two media simply do not mix, and this book clearly shows what a mistake it is to think otherwise.
To make matters worse, the content and the writing style are infuriatingly patronising and simpleton-like and the same time, and so American that it quickly starts to grate for the British reader. For example: the word 'nice' is repeated ad nauseam, clearly the author cannot come up with any grown-up adjectives. There is talk of 'Cozification', teachings about 'Tissues, remotes, and other useful things' and 'More bins, bowls and baskets' following earlier pontifications on 'Bins, bowls and baskets' (seriously, these are real chapter and sub-chapter titles). There are also very detailed step-by-step instructions on how to make the bed, and pearls of wisdom such as:
'Sconces. There are two distinct kinds: those that extend out from the wall [...] and the sconcier sconces'
'Hanging Lights [...] come in a multitude of appealing forms - lantern, pendant, orb, chandelier'
I could have tolerated the writing if the book had tons of inspiring photos. As it is, this book is a complete waste of money. I recommed getting Decorate: 1000 Professional Design Ideas for Every Room in the House
instead - that one is an excellent book indeed.