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Decorating Master Class: The Cullman & Kravis Way Hardcover – April 1, 2008
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Tracey Winn Pruzan is an interior designer with Cullman & Kravis; she is also a writer who has published widely on the subject of interior design. She lives in New York City.
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I would recommend it highly to someone just starting out in the design world, or someone who wants a better understanding of the options available to those with the checkbook to get anything they want. If, for example, you're planning a major interior design project and intend to work with a designer, this is a great primer on the process and details. It'll likely make you a far more informed client for the designer you'll ultimately choose.
It is emphatically not, however, for the DIY reader. The authors assume that you'll be working with professionals, and present options accordingly. The guidelines in such areas as upholstery & trim, lighting, and flooring are invaluable, but such detail is for those who really want it. Your reaction may be, "Okay, that's more than I wanted to know." They also assume such luxuries as custom cabinetry, custom-colored rugs and upholstery, custom embroidery -- basically, an entirely custom environment. This is, after all, what Cullman & Kravis does so beautifully, but it may not be of help to a reader looking for guidance in the real world.Read more ›
I am a homeowner, with a limited budget, in the midst of a new home construction. I saw this book recommended in an issue of architectural digest as really forthcoming about the how-tos of decorating, not just pictures to drool over. I bought the book immediately and I love it. I can't tell you how valuable this book has been. I learned SO much.
I read it through cover to cover, then reviewed every picture again to assess the details, the use of symmetry, asymmetry, patterns, textures, trims, recurring themes and color schemes. It was incredibly informative, useful and inspiring. It completely prepared me to choose the surfaces in my home. It was useful for planning design details, such as how high the mantel should be and the appropriate distance between furniture pieces and how to achieve layers of light.
I have even purchased some of the resource material listed to further educate myself about antique rugs and furniture.
This book is for everybody. It's gorgeous and incredibly helpful.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love their style, just beautiful, great presentation and wonderful information, if only I were rich!Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
For me, this was an OK book. Nothing terribly new or exciting, but good basics.Published 15 months ago by Kathleen Kasley
Enjoyed this book....has good room illustrations. Was in good condition and enjoyed reading. Would probably purchase it again if I needed it for a gift.Published on August 12, 2013 by Linda Boyd
This is an awesome book filled with classic design! The designs were generous but restrained enough to remain timeless. An excellent book for a novice or proPublished on January 17, 2013 by Tony Cunningham
Hands down, the best decorating book of all the 20 or 30 books that have come out in the last few years. Read morePublished on August 8, 2011 by PJHeflin
This is not your average decorating book at all. I thought it was from the '80s, the style is so traditional. Unlike most decorating books, the text is really informative. Read morePublished on July 24, 2011 by Waterman Gap
This book is an invaluable reference for anyone interested in the process and end result of creating a beautiful interior. Read morePublished on October 26, 2009 by Yoga B.
Probably the best "how" to book on decorating/design. Full of tips and insights - useful for the novice AND for the practitioner you might need a refresh. Read morePublished on September 18, 2009 by Jam-i
This is an invaluable book for anyone interested in interior design.
Cullman and Kravis is, simply put, one of the finest design firms in the country, and, with this book, you... Read more