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"Charlotte Moss: A Visual Life is a new release from Rizzoli that will inspire you to make something special with all your photos and ephemera. Have fun with paper, scissors, and a little glue. Of course, that's just the beginning of an obsession." ~HouseBeautiful Magazine

"Charlotte Moss has packed her new book with details from her abundant Visual Life. Her eye is always Seeing-Moving-Editing and this book has captured the energy and pure passion she has for IT All." ~Littleaugury.com

"This generous book includes travels and gardens, people. Lots of very insider stuff, so pay attention." ~Stylesaloniste.com

“An ode to the deep pleasures of capturing memories and wishes and dreams on paper…this is a generous book, for in it the designer explores the musings and techniques of her contemporaries as well as her own.” ~Traditional Home Magazine

"..an emotional, cultural and intellectual feast! Page after page..." ~billstubbsblog.com

"Charlotte Moss' latest book...is devoted to gathering inspiration from the personal scrapbooks and notebooks of great women of style, both contemporary and historical, including her own." ~tylerpaper.com

About the Author

A celebrated tastemaker, prolific designer, and author, Charlotte Moss most recently wrote the successful Charlotte Moss Decorates (Rizzoli, 2011). Deeda Blair is a philanthropist. Pamela Fiori is a celebrated magazine editor who has helmed Town & Country as well as Travel & Leisure. Alexa Hampton is the president and owner of Mark Hampton LLC. Candy Pratts Price is the editor at large for Vogue.com. Deborah Needleman is the editor-in-chief of the Wall Street Journal Magazine.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (October 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847838633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847838639
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 1.2 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #409,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What a wonderful find! Charlotte Moss's "A Visual Life: Scrapbooks, Collages, and Inspiration" is a book that offers us, and anyone to whom we gift it, the inspiration to enrich our lives with color, visual juxtapositions, and a use of resources both sublime and mundane. Indeed, it is so likely that we will return to it innumerable times that we should be grateful that the publisher embedded the colorful covers right into the book's structure rather than opting for a fragile dust jacket.

The main thrust of "A Visual Life" is to enhance the environments in which we live and work. Moss does this by offering photographs of decor, objects of art, and gardens, with special emphasis on creating color vignettes. But she is equally determined to advance the greater use of those holdings, such as photographs, correspondence and memorabilia, available in virtually every household. And, as if all this were not enough, Moss's book offers insights into the lives of remarkable women, Jacqueline Kennedy, Pauline de Rothschild, and Evangeline Bruce among them. Provided in this regard are writings by and about these women, menus they planned, and scrapbooks they created. These materials and Moss's book as a whole remind us that true style is more than anything else a matter of thoughtfulness toward others teamed with an educated eye, and "A Visual Life" goes a long way in helping to develop both.
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If you are both a scrapbooker and a fan of the designs of Charlotte Moss, you will probably truly love this book. Although I adore her design work, I don't really care for the scrapbook/collage format. Although I admired many of the individual images, I found the scrapbook/collage format rather messy and overwhelming, with pages that often appeared to be somewhat "thrown together". I can't say I wasn't warned, however: the words "scrapbooks, collages", etc. are in the title, so it is entirely my mistake.

As noted, this is not a traditional design book; there are not many full-page photos of rooms -- gorgeous or otherwise -- that you might expect to see in a more traditional style book. Instead, a page might focus on a large image of a Louis Vuitton suitcase with a witty luggage tag. I guess this is an example of the "inspiration" mentioned in the book's title. This is just not my "cup of tea", so, again, my mistake. If you do like the format, go for it - lots of the earlier reviewers raved about this book.

One last point: maybe its me, but much as I love Charlotte Moss' work, I have a sense that her last three books (Flair for Living, Charlotte Moss Decorates and now A Visual Life) are a little self-important, a little too much "look at me, aren't I special? Look at everything I have, everywhere I have been and all my famous friends". (Really, has anyone counted the number of photos of CM in this book???) Am I envious? That's probably part of it, to be honest, but I do suspect others may find it a bit offputting, as well. I own all of her books and did not find that to be true of her earlier books. A Passion for Detail, my favorite design book of all time, was her first and, I think, most genuine and inspiring book.
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Have been a fan of Charlotte Moss for ages and have purchased all of her books. This last one is particularly interesting because I have been doing scrapbooks for a very long time. Beautiful book with gorgeous photographs - also many beautiful photos of France and gardens and chateaux. A must buy!
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This is a gorgeous book. The colors of the fabrics, paints, papers and design plus the photography are beautiful. All in all a lovely book to own. My only problem with this book is I don't understand what Charlotte Moss was trying to express. There were several rather vague comments by or about other famous people in the design world. There are amazing photos of gardens and rooms but not as much explanation about the scene as I would like. The information conveyed in the book was thin. The visual impact of the book is over the top beautiful. It looks great on my coffee table. I bought a copy for my daughter for Christmas and I'm sure it will look lovely on her coffee table too. A pretty book of little substance.
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A beautiful book which offers a glimpse into how Ms. Moss archives her visual whims and pleasures. Given her appetite for all things beautiful and over the top, this means that her actual technique is, for many of us, practically unattainable. She purchases her scrapbooks, for example, from a master craftsman who hand-makes and binds them for her. Ms. Moss is not purchasing her books at the local crafts store! Because of this elitist approach, I give it 4-stars. Her "visual life"-- or the way she archives it anyway--is accessible only to a very fortunate few. It is an expensive book, too. Not a "mass market" book by any means. If accessibility was not a factor, this book would receive 5-stars for its sheer beauty and visual appeal. It is certainly aspirational and I do applaud it for encouraging its readers to document the things--material or natural--that speak to the beauty that is all around us.
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