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The Perfectly Imperfect Home: How to Decorate and Live Well Hardcover – 4 May 2012


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Jacqui Small LLP (4 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906417709
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906417703
  • Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 2.8 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 245,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Deborah Needleman is a terrific editor - of words, and now, of rooms and living spaces. In her very readable book, "The Perfectly Imperfect Home," the author offers her advice and expertise on a very important subject - how to make your house your home. She includes succinct advice from the great decorators, sage commentary on what to keep and what to throw away, and valuable rules for what to add to a room to make it exactly right - for you and your family.

(Martha Stewart)

I used to think that my taste was so irredeemable and so rooted in some kind of male, post-college, National Football League time warp - I own a green velour couch! - that no one, not even Deborah Needleman, could help me. I was wrong.

(Malcolm Gladwell)

'like a well worn, favourite pair of comfy slippers. I've been savouring it'

(Dear Designer blog)

A guide to the essential principals of home decorating...relevant to any size of home or budget.

(Utopia Kitchen and Bathroom)

Under such cutely entitled concepts as Jollifers and Glamifications, this hands-on style guru gives on-trend advice about lighting, bedmaking and flower arranging. Move over Martha Stewart. 

(The Lady)

About the Author

Deborah Needleman is the Internationally known editor-in-chief and creative mastermind behind Domino magazine - a cultural touchstone that amassed more than a million subscribers in just four years. Now the editor-in-chief of WSJ Magazine, Deborah is a widely published expert on interior design, style, and gardening. Virginia Johnson’s illustrations have appeared in books by Kate Spade and on textiles carried in stores such as Liberty, Barneys in New York and Net-a-Porter.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. on 31 July 2012
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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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. J. Jackson on 10 Oct 2012
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I am nearly finished devouring every word in this wonderful book.

It doesn't look much at first glance with it's rustic sketchy illustrations, but along with it's advice it sets out to empower rather than dictate to the reader. It's advice is universal and will span the decades.

Having completely revamped our loved 90 year old house and filled it with a collection of lovingly collected old furniture, it looked good, but not great. I was at a loss how to pull it all together and make it reflect our lives and be casual and comfy, yet elegant and interesting (I wish!)

This book is giving me lots of ideas about how to look at things differently and puts into words the elements of a warm and welcoming yet stylish house.

Rather than just giving you photos of impossibly grand and stiff rooms to copy, this book paints mental images of the goal you are aiming for and sets you on the track of the many individual ways of achieving that. Day to day variations are catered for in different moods that are appropriate and how to make your guests feel at home.

The book is as much about making your home a joy for yourself as well as your guests.

I will be keeping this book close by for years to come.
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Such practical, down to earth tips to decorate your own home. The ideas are not a budget breaker but still very tasteful. A great allrounder book suitable for novelists in interior design as well as those who know their subject. I keep it at my bedside table so I can refer to it every now and when. Would make a lovely present for anyone who is into eclectic colourful interior design.
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By Saxman on 18 Jan 2013
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Bought this as a gift for my daughter, who has bought a new house. She thought it was excellent, and loved the illustrations.
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By HP on 15 Jan 2013
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This book is an absolute delight, it provides the basis of interior design with beautiful watercolours and excellent advice and tips. Yes, the book doesn't contain photos, but if you want to achieve your own design without copying other ideas then this is essential, giving the basic foundations and advice but allowing your own individuality to show through too. I couldn't recommend this book enough!
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