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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (October 17, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847828468
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847828463
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.9 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #629,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Over ten photographers have showcased her work in this beautiful volume that can be poured over again and again." -- Feb METROSOURCE NY

"beautiful photographs" -- Mar ATLANTAN

About the Author

Cindy Rinfret is the owner of Rinfret Ltd., a leading design firm in Fairfield and Westchester Counties. She is also the proprietor of Rinfret Ltd. Home & Garden Shop, located on Greenwich Avenue in Greenwich, where she lives.

Customer Reviews

Another Rizzoli winner!
Viewer
The writing, however, is very amateurish.
Designer Dee
A beautiful additon to any coffee table.
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45 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Maximum Toile on October 19, 2006
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When this title first popped up on Amazon, I was thrilled to bits. I had pretty much bought up 90% of all Amazon's *Traditional Decorating* titles, besides mistakenly buying trifles like DOMESTICITIES, which is just about as traditional as Quentin Tarantino's bathroom.

But to get back to the subject, I found most of the interiors (except the Chinoiserie-influenced one) suffer from a certain lifelessness. (Doesn't anyone in Greenwich read books that aren't bound in gilded leather or displayed artfully on a inlaid wood surface next to a giant magnifying glass with ivory handles?) The old abandoned mansions of Cuba show more life, peeling mouldy walls nothwithstanding. (What a long word! And probably misspelled too!)

So there goes another book in my shelf of Desperate decorating disappointments, right next to this thing I bought about the Spanish style homes of Santa Barbara, which have really nice tiles!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Book Collector on March 29, 2007
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It's unfortunate that Ms. Rinfret doesn't write as well as she designs. The photos of her work (and her work) are excellent, but the text is sophomoric at best. The number of self-aggrandizing "I" statements led me to abandon reading midway through the second chapter and just peruse the photos - which is the only reason to buy this book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Designer Dee on January 31, 2007
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If you're looking for a beautifully photographed coffee table book, then this is the one for you. The book is a very high quality visual treat; the cover is eye-catching and the photographs are superb. The writing, however, is very amateurish. It has no style or artistic flair, and is very pedestrian when compared to books written by other designers. If you want to read a wonderful book, get "Rooms" by Mariette Himes Gomez. Both the photos and the copy are excellent.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Classicdude on August 2, 2008
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Although there is indeed a style that could be called Classic Greenwich, this is not it. This book is filled with newly-put-together interiors by a local decorator, no doubt married into money, trying to emulate a style of Established Old Money. While the interiors are not horrible, they are not particularly great either. A hint of what is to come is given in the one paragraph Forward by famed decorator Bunny Williams and her peak-of-chic antiques dealer partner John Roselli; it says nothing. Rather than buy the book, just take a flip-through at the bookstore.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Reader in Connecticut on January 18, 2007
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I would have liked more photos of the exteriors to really capture that Greenwich style, but worse is the misspelling of "Belle Haven," the most exclusive area in town. That made the whole book less so.
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27 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Viewer on October 22, 2006
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Rizzoli hits the target, once again, capturing the very heart and soul of decorating the typical manor house of the wealthy in Greenwich. But these homes are not just pretty, they are practical and alive. Each room welcomes you, be it an English Country style bedroom, light, floral and beds with thick comforters, or the lure of a paneled library with soft toss pillows, tartan and paisley throws and a pile of gleaming leatherbound books at your fingertips. Each room has its own characteristic and shows how elegance doesn't always mean over-cluttered or gilded wallpaper. The last chapter even invites one into the holiday season with some wonderful ideas for elegant charm. This book is fantastic for either the interior decorator who can afford to repeat each room originally or for the reader of modest income who can study the details and how they work together and create the same look by visiting your local Walmart. The true look comes from putting the right pieces together and Greenwich is sharing that with the rest of us. Another Rizzoli winner!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David R. G. on October 10, 2009
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This contains some nice Greenwich area scenery, but that is its only positive point. The author does not always understand that patterns must be interspersed with solids to avoid busyness. So many of the rooms fall under the rubric "well-to-do American family home c. 1957." As others have noted, text is generality-laden. Home exterior photos are sometimes OK, sometimes not, and sometimes missing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bird- Campbell on February 9, 2013
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All of the houses look alike. The photo's are staged, poorly. Same slippers used in several photo's. If you look at one house, you've seen them all.
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