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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (April 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847840093
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847840090
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #368,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Showing the desirable homes of a variety of American interior designers, it is refreshing and full of ideas which you too might be happy to come home to." -- Australian Vogue Living

In her debut book Ronda Rice Carman shares the design philosophies and stories behind fifty chic spaces of the decorating world's top players. -- Elle Decor

"Each page is filled with inspiring home design, ideas for entertaining, and imagery that invites readers to explore the idiosyncrasies of design while infusing their homes with individuality and flair." --Houston Lifestyles & Homes

About the Author

Ronda Rice Carman is the founder of All the Best BlogAll the Best has garnered press from around the globe, including Fox News (named one of the top ten design blogs in 2010), Traditional HomeELLE Decor, House Beautiful, domino, Southern Living, Real Simple, RUE, Home Plus Scotland and numerous regional, national and international newspapers. All the Best Blog is renowned for it's insightful interviews and profiles with industry icons, entrepreneurs and global tastemakers. Ronda is a contributing writer for  Huffington Post, New York Social Diary and a reviewer for the prestigious Mr. & Mrs. Smith Hotel Collections. A Texan by birth, she now lives with her family in Scotland and divides time between the United Kingdom, the United States and the window seat of an airplane.

Customer Reviews

Had this book recommended by a friend in the business.
MED
Not only did I enjoyed reading about the top fifty designers in the world who were profiled in the book, but also enjoyed studying the beautiful photographs as well.
L. Mende
A shelf in my library is filled with books of interior design.
Charles F. Allen Jr.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Janus A Lazaris on April 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
As an Interior Designer myself, I may have too many design related books (at last count over 200). Designers At Home, will be one book of the books I pick up to read and review over and over again. For me the author has created an easy format in which I can gain inspiration and quickly feel connected with the 50 designers featured in this new release. The short features on these tops designers allows access to their personal style as well as their personal thoughts on what design is to each. I have met a number of the designers featured and have purchased their books but enjoy the way Carman has presented this design community...I can revisit the designers I know but also have an overview of great design today. The book is well written (as it should be by someone who writes such a successful award-winning blog, "All The Best"). I enjoy the photography for inspiration but feel the real treasure in this book is the simple design elements that each designer brings into their home...something we all should do.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Marvin Jarvis on April 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The book is well written and loaded with gorgeous images of some really amazing homes that belong to some of the nation's top interior designers. It provides a wonderful glimpse into the way that these tastemakers and designers actually live in their own spaces, and has lots of interesting tidbits on favorite fragrances, entertaining tips, how to dress a bed, and how to create spaces that reflect one's personality. A MUST HAVE for any design aficionado.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Keen on May 15, 2013
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Overall, it's an okay book.
Most of the photographs are small, and there are no descriptions of the photographs. Further, if the homeowner has more than one home, and most of the designers do, you cannot tell which home you are viewing. I found it boring to read about what candles are burned and what sheets are dressing the beds.
There are no great design secrets or bits of wisdom to inspire.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By RLea on May 10, 2013
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Loved this book-- but I'm considering sending it back because it is a tiny version (approx. 7" x 8") of a normal sized coffee table book! Unacceptable Amazon!! And there's no way for you to discern this when you're ordering! In its normal size, I highly recommend it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By The Hidden List Blog on April 20, 2013
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This book shot straight to the top of my interior design favorites! It's full of visually stimulating images that will transport you into the homes of fifty of the most admired interior designers in the world. Carman's format of a brief over-view of the designer's aesthetic and four tips for "making an entrance, a beautiful bed, flowers and fragrances and entertaining thoughts" is fun to read and I found myself taking the handy-sized book to bed for late-night reading and tucking it into my tote for reference throughout the day. This is a book I'll treasure forever!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Reynolds on April 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Designers at Home: Personal Reflections on Stylish Living is a truly special, one of a kind compilation of some of the top Interior Designers and Decorators of our time. This book gives a valuable glimpse into the homes and lifestyles of these masters and lets us take peak into a very personal side of design. So many amazing tips and tidbits can be taken away from this book, favorite vendors are shared openly from candles to bedding. I highly recommend it whether you are a seasoned designer or a design enthusiast at heart. You will absolutely LOVE this book and because of the unique size, you can take it with you wherever you go. The beautiful photos contained are sure to be studied and revisited again and again! A MUST HAVE for your library!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By L. M. Keefer TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 18, 2013
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Opening their homes to us, fifty designers from the Americas, U.K. and Europe share images of rooms in their homes, and their personal reflections on elements of stylish living, with author-blogger Ronda Rice Carman of ALL THE BEST blog. In their own words, designers reflect upon entertaining, entrances, beautiful beds, flowers and fragrances, creature comforts and decorative details in a paragraph on each of these topics in this book. For example, they list things they like in linens, mattresses, flowers, scented candles, how and where they entertain, what soothes them (hot baths, walks, music etc.) so these reflections seem more like a conversation among friends than design tips. It's a personal glimpse seeing how designers create a comforting home for themselves.

Background information on each designer by Carman is accompanied by images of the designers' rooms at home. Designers' personal remarks on stylish living are in sidebars on the pages. Each of the designers has one to three full-page images devoted to their rooms, and then multiple images on other pages. The book is about 7" X 9" so it's not a large book, but it's thick with about 300 pages and over 300 full-color images. This is an accessible and colorful overview of, and introduction to, designers working today. The styles inside the book represent a mix of styles, except for the more minimalist, modern styles.

While you may have seen some of the rooms before, some have a different camera angle on the room so the images seem fresh. And the images are appealing. After looking at many designers' books and web sites, I usually like the rooms in their own homes the best. Not sure why - perhaps it is because if designers can decorate for themselves, there's a greater sense of freedom or the ability to experiment.
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More About the Author

To contact me or learn more about All the Best Blog please visit my website: www.allthebestblog.com

Ronda Rice Carman spent 15 years in the world of marketing and nonprofits prior to founding All the Best Blog in 2007. A lifelong love of design, travel, and food - along with a growing collection of books and magazines - was the catalyst for establishing All the Best

What started out of necessity has become an expansive lifestyle blog visited by thousands of regular readers in over 100 countries. All the Best Blog has garnered press from around the globe, including Fox News (named one of the top ten design blogs in 2010), Traditional Home, ELLE Decor, House Beautiful, domino, Southern Living, Real Simple, RUE, Home Plus Scotland and numerous regional, national and international newspapers. All the Best Blog is renowned for it's insightful interviews and profiles with industry icons, entrepreneurs and global tastemakers.

Ronda is a contributing writer for Huffington Post, New York Social Diary and a reviewer for the prestigious Mr. & Mrs. Smith Hotel Collections. A Texan by birth, she now lives with her family in Scotland and divides time between the United Kingdom, the United States and the window seat of an airplane.


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