- Series: Country Living
- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: Hearst (October 7, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1588165787
- ISBN-13: 978-1588165787
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 9.4 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #458,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Country Living A Bit of Velvet & a Dash of Lace: The Fabulous Interiors of Magnolia Pearl Hardcover – October 7, 2008
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"A Bit of Velvet & a Dash of Lace" is a true inspiration, both in originality and wisdom. We do not have to be wealthy, our "things" do not have to be perfect; but therein lies the beauty - in how we learn to look at things in a new and different way. Robin's perspective on life is told in such a way that many, many people can relate to and reinterpret in our own lives and homes. The book guides us through every room, and shows us how we can take the smallest scrap of lace, or a yard of brocade, and see it through "new" eyes. I have a new appreciation for the things I have collected through the years, and I now have been infused with the inspiration to jump in and use them in ways that I had not thought of before now. "A Bit of Velvet & a Dash of Lace" has reaffirmed things about myself and my personality, that I had tried to "put on a shelf" for awhile, and at times thought I should relent and paint my walls "Builders Beige", just to go "with the flow". No more... Ms. Brown, with the tales of her unusual and adventuresome childhood (which I do envy!) remind me to be ME, to enjoy the things I love even when they do not fit within the confines of the mass majority, that there is beauty and freedom in being ourselves, surrounded by the things we love, even if they don't happen to look like your neighbor's. Her use of color, textures, layers, and styles shows what a wonderful natural talent she is. I must say thank you!Read more ›
Certainly her choices color are astonishing--layer upon vivid layer, one explosion of red and gold piled on top of pink and purple--yet she manages to pull it off. Laces and velvets, damasks and bits of feathers combine to dazzle the eye in every room.
If you are, say, a college student living on a shoestring, and wish you could think of some way to liven up your shoebox of a dorm room, this book will fill you with ideas. This is certainly the way to turn trash and flea market treasures into colorful, intensely personal style. Also there are great hints. She very carefully explains how to tea stain any bits of lace you may have.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There is a lot of insight into the author and how she came about her career, which was remarkable. Otherwise, it's not my style but I enjoyed it as a research read.Published 11 days ago by NJ sharon
Love Magnolia Pearl!! Robin Brown is an amazing designer!! Love her work and love seeing her house!!Published 4 months ago by Nanci Williams
I love the book and I love Magnolia Pearl. She is such a beautiful soul and a very talented artist. I only wish I could afford her clothing. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Renee
Very pleased wit item, condition & cost. Thank you!Published 10 months ago by Margaret Rebecca Stouffer