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5.0 out of 5 stars Interpreting English Country American-style
Ever heard the phrase "it's all in the details?" Ever wonder just how homes that grace the pages of the best shelter magazines ever get chosen in the first place? What's right, what's wrong, how can I get my home to put on its best face? What style is really me? Former Wall-Streeter Charlotte Moss, now a well published interior decorator, builds a great...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Coffee Table Book
I have read Charlotte's book, "Creating A Room", and prefer it while re-decorating. "A Passion for Detail" is a "look book" and sometimes a little too precious for the average household. But it is nice escapism
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interpreting English Country American-style, February 18, 2002
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YELLOW ROSE (Houston,, TEXAS USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: A Passion for Detail (Hardcover)
Ever heard the phrase "it's all in the details?" Ever wonder just how homes that grace the pages of the best shelter magazines ever get chosen in the first place? What's right, what's wrong, how can I get my home to put on its best face? What style is really me? Former Wall-Streeter Charlotte Moss, now a well published interior decorator, builds a great argument for discovering then developing a personal interior vision. Her stylishly decorated images ooze of self-confidence and clarity of thought. Well chosen fabrics and accessories, complete with understanding and ideas behind their choices reveal insight and a good sense of humor too. Moss notes that everyone has a passion for something, and that these passions are forms of self-expression. Comfort, style, values and personality are telling signals of the quality of lives we lead. In our daily frenzied routines, Moss advocates looking at your own home from a different perspective. The book's mission promises that a more relaxed and confident home will emerge. Mission accomplished!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must read for design fanatics, June 26, 2007
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A Bon Vivant (New York, New York) - See all my reviews
This review is from: A Passion for Detail (Hardcover)
Studying Charlotte Moss' technique is a must for those who are designers and also for those who are developing their own design style. It is foreseeable that not everyone would covet EVERY Moss design, but it is admirable how her philosophy seems to center on a way of living, and showcasing your life, rather than merely decorating.

In her first book, A Passion For Detail, the theme is obviously denoted by the title. The book provides a great introduction and insight into Moss' technique and design style - heavy on the accessories and patterns (some might call it cluttered), but the decor is nonetheless tasteful and very calculated. Moss aims to surround herself, and those for whom she designs, with the things they love. Even if this technique amounts to a lot of "things."

The book is thematic and conveniently divided into five sections, but at times, the chapters themselves are a bit disjointed and the chapter themes, while vaguely associated with the pictures, do not seem very cohesive as the pictures jump around from house to house.

If you are looking for a how-to decorate book, this is not the book for you. Chapter Five briefly touches on Moss' technique, but it is more a study the pictures and learn type of book. You could reproduce the design strategy, but most of Moss' accessories are a bit out of the average price range and the style of decor is a bit impractical for most of us. But, even if you are scared by Moss' designs, this is still an important read for design fanatics, as you can still learn from her technique. The most prevalent lesson from the book is this: design is about style and taste, but it is also about surrounding yourself with the things you love.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Coffee Table Book, August 6, 1997
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This review is from: A Passion for Detail (Hardcover)
I have read Charlotte's book, "Creating A Room", and prefer it while re-decorating. "A Passion for Detail" is a "look book" and sometimes a little too precious for the average household. But it is nice escapism
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful., November 14, 2013
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I'm a die-hard fan of Charlotte Moss' books and this one doesn't disappoint. It's just beautiful! I could spend hours immersed in its pages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charlotte Moss understands organized clutter & whimsey!, April 9, 2014
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I never tire of looking at a designer's work where a lot of thought and detail goes into each room. She doesn't disappoint. Unlike so many designers rooms where you see everything in a brief scanning of the room, she fills and delights each room. The renderings of rooms belonging to well known individuals are also a highlight of the book and are very well done. I enjoyed reading it from cover to cover and its lovely photos.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars book, April 22, 2014
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Jean Edwards (Belvidere, Il, US) - See all my reviews
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The book is very old, I did not know that when I ordered it
It was so out dated it was of no use to me
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