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Charlotte Moss: A Visual Life: Scrapbooks, Collages, and Inspirations Hardcover – October 30, 2012
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"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
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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.
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.Read more ›
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Great book on scrapbooking, but not meant as a practical starter guide, but rather gives you a viewpoint for observing and preserving beautiful and meaningful moments in your life. Read morePublished 18 months ago by T. Nesom
I love collage and bought this because "collage" and "Charlotte Moss" were in the title. I've seen better (personal choice). Read morePublished 18 months ago by Clarity Driven
Don't bother. Hodge podge of a mess of a book. Not visually appealing.Published 22 months ago by Christine Cox
I'm sure I am not the (intended) targeted customer for this book, but I enjoyed it a great deal. As a mixed media artist, I am far more apt to spend money on art books, rather... Read morePublished on March 23, 2014 by LKP
Fantastic photos, inspiring exotic locations, incredible gardens, fabulous color schemes, & superlative interiors with magnificent furnishings, what more could one want in a design... Read morePublished on December 10, 2013 by Shea Lubecke