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Country Living Your House, Your Home: Randy Florke's Decorating Essentials Hardcover – June 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Series: Country Living
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Hearst (June 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158816411X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588164117
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,401,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For me, there is too much poor photography throughout.
Daniel Heywood
I thought it was the most practical and down-to-earth and realistic decorating book that I've ever seen.
M. Perdue
If you're into warm homes filled with love and laughter, this is for you.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Charles Franchino on September 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Some many of these books are cookie cutter and make the same suggestions. Randy has a great eye for furniture placement and antique display. He encourages you to mix and match and create your own unique style. There is nothing more thrilling to have decorated your home and feel confident in what you have done. This book will guide you through a process most people fear.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David B. Mixner on June 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Having grown up in the country it was absolutely astounding to see Randy Florke capture so beautifully the joy of country living. His taste in design is perfect and his respect for blending great design into being compatible with the beauty of nature is amazing. He gives country living a respectablity and beauty that few others have been able to achieve. A perfect gift for those who cherish their memories from country living in childhood or to those who today have the joy of living in the country and wish to do so with taste and class.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By W. Lukas on June 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is an equisite example of how being "real" is more elegant then trying to "keep up with the jones's."The book was affordble and easy to follow. Randy is from a farm in Iowa.He understands design on a budget and simple elegance. This is a fresh viewpoint on all these staid tired makeover "wondershows" I can find elegance at a flea market and mix it with my custom couches and create my own style. How fresh, how new. People have been taking flea market finds (yes garden furniture) and mixing it with custom pieces in Europe for years. Randy Florke brings this simple elegance home to America. I love what the book stands for and will recommend it to all my clients. Randy Florke's fresh approach in a market that is saturated with alot of nothingness shows me that there still is creativity out there. I am excited to try color, as Randy does on many a wall, and, take chances with fabric and new ideas for old simple items. This book is your design,"must have." I believe in his crisp clear vision in a business that has one to many experts and not enough down home truth.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By F.Faulkner on November 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I'm sure this gentleman Randy Florke is immensely talented. I certainly LOVE the rooms featured in Country Living magazine. But I honestly didn't find many ideas I could actually use in my small 1300 sq. ft. 1800's house with 7 ft. ceilings.

I'd have to agree with Nancy's review that many of the ideas are not practical. How are my kids going to sit on those metal chairs? And with dogs, I could NEVER put out the kind of accessories lower than 3 ft. or they'd be munchie snacks. I guess I was hoping for more inspiration.

I did like his use of large paintings in small spaces to open up that one room. Beautiful style, but not a real how-to book. Show the problem, and show the solution. That's the kind of book I need.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By always reading on December 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I love Randy Florke's style of decorating, but didn't enjoy this book. If you read Country Living magazine, the photos in this book will be all too familiar. I expected that there'd be some photos from the magazine, but this book had absolutely nothing new. The text is also disappointing and seems to be written for readers who've never given a thought to decorating prior to opening the book. It's hard to imagine that fans of this simple, yet sophisticated style would need to be told that "paintings add color to white walls," or "when furnishing a porch, refrain from using old automobile seats or broken down couches."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Heywood on March 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
For me, there is too much poor photography throughout. Some photos are the quality to be expected, however, too many are out of focus, or have too little depth of field for the purpose of the photo, many contain a lot of noise/grain, some apparently are images that were originally small, then printed larger, creating a poor quality image, many were photographed with poor lighting, some could use color correction for the lighting (i.e. on some photos they failed to adjust the color temperature of the photo correctly leaving a few images shot with incandescent lights looking unnaturally yellow - which brings up one more problem: using a single incandescent light as the main light source, which not a good idea when trying to create a beautiful photo, and this was done more than once).
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