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Dwellings: Living with Great Style Hardcover – September 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bulfinch; 1st edition (September 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821228463
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821228463
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #902,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Here is not simply design guidance but design wisdom, tested and proven throughout the duo's 20-plus-year career." -- Architectural Digest, September 2004

About the Author

Stephen Sills and James Huniford are two of today's most acclaimed interior designers, whose clients include Linda Wells, Jane Pratt, and Anna Wintour. Their firm was recently included in New York magazine's Top 100 Architects & Decorators and their work appears regularly in Architectural Digest, House and Garden, and World of Interiors.

Michael Boodro was a features editor for House and Garden and then spent 11 years as a features, then arts, editor at Vogue. He later served as editor-in chief for Garden Design. He is currently an editor for the style section of the New York Times Magazine, and recently had articles in House Beautiful and Elle Decor.

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This is one of the most elegant books I've ever seen.
maggie
The book has a curious layout I found interesting: small size, no dustjacket, heavy on text; that should tip off potential readers that this one is a little different.
Usonian33
I recommend this book to design afficianodos, as well as people who are about to redecorate their homes.
Veronica Sanders

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Usonian33 on January 15, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is NOT a "decorating book" for for someone about to redo a room in their home, and looking for ideas. The book has a curious layout I found interesting: small size, no dustjacket, heavy on text; that should tip off potential readers that this one is a little different. It is more like a design essay (and it's highly readable), with photos, close-ups of fabrics, endpapers spread throughout with fancy script font, etc. There is no "how-to" here, no HGTV budget tips, no "oh THAT'S what I'll do with my lamp!" inspirations. You just sort of curl up with this and learn about their approach to design (they probably hand this to potential clients). The book is a luxury, so spend money elsewhere if you are looking for design reference.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By P.J. Whitter on December 5, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I found this book to be like a stylish but vacant house. It looked good from the outside, but once I got inside the book, there wasn't very much in there to keep my interest. I actually became annoyed with myself for spending money on this when I tried to read this book and realized that the authors have nothing new to say. I've read it all before. Many times. ("It is your personality that brings a room alive." Oh really? I read that 20 years ago in my mother's old Better Homes and Gardens decorating book. "The bed will influence all other choices in the room." I paid money to read that? )
I also find it annoying that they keep talking about themselves in the writing.-who cares? The pictures are too small. Although the rooms look pretty enough, I kept wanting to see more of each room or to have room pictures used larger, because it was frustrating that I felt I couldn't see enough of the rooms or enough of what is in the rooms. (They take a whole room pictures of a bedroom or a living room and use it on the equivalent of maybe a quarter of a page and put some fabric design or wallpaper pattern behind it. Ick.)
I definitely did not get my money's worth on this book.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By tommie van deusen on December 5, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book looks good at first glimpse but then it falls apart. The admittedly stylish graphic design cannot compensate for the small pictures, the trite prose, and the old ideas. I expected this book to offer something really fresh but it didn't. I feel majorly ripped off.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Beyond-Is-Within Also on March 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I was amazed by the polarity of the reviews for this book -- always a good sign, as long as the lengthier reviews are the negative ones. Having bought a copy for resale, the reviews below motivated me to heavily skim it, and here's the fat skinny as I see it.

These guys really are gifted professionals, whose approach melds formal principle with intuitive insight. Their advice taken piecemeal may read like mostly conventional wisdom, but there is a LOT of it packed into a small space. And their bemoaned "writing about themselves" (hard to avoid, really) is how you get the Be-Here-Now feel of their process. This personal, casebook approach adds considerable vitality to the link between the layered and revealing text and the superbly composed interior photos.

No, the latter are NOT huge -- discernment is a mark of these designers, and the medium is as much the message here as with the design examples and text. The real learning comes Zen-like, in the space between the words and images -- that's why some readers "get it" and others (who tend to want concrete "how to" or big, flashy pix and divertingly original text) don't. Check out a library copy if you're in doubt as to whether you're this book's kind of person. Or just take the plunge, get humble and patient, and see what -- and how -- you can learn....

On the text: sure, we all know that the floor is the foundation of any room, furniture should be suitable, luxurious bathrooms will pamper you, wall surfaces offer lots of possibilities, and colors should harmonize but need not match.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By K. Hambric on April 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Yes, many photos are small. However, all photos are beautiful. If you want to upholster your own headboard or want new and fascinating uses for MDF, look elsewhere. Maybe I am biased -- I don't read (or look at) decorating books to learn how to decorate. I look at them for color, balance, and proportion. Sure, there are ideas here. Subtle ideas. Quiet ideas. Lovely ideas. Not all rooms of color are orange (will this trend end)! Think of grey, watery blues, nut browns! Trading places does not tread here. As far as no dust cover, who needs it? I pet my book often. Not merely a decorating book, this is an art book. Enjoy! Don't just learn how to lay tile.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 16, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Beautiful! Absolutely beautiful! As a young design professional, it always gives me pause to see the work of a talented peer...make that a pair of peers. Sills and Huniford are making their mark on the 21st century, as David Hicks, Billy Baldwin, and Jean Michel Frank did in the 20th. Having waited for this book to be published since an interview done by the pair in the early 90's, "Dwellings" fulfills its promise of making simple the secrets to a stylish interior. This tome is a pleasure to all those who harbor ascetic tendencies, yet relish a heeping helping of drama every now and again. Kudos!
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