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About the Author

Jan Showers of Dallas, Texas, is one of the world's most fashionable interior  designers. Her glamorous homes have landed her spots on Top One Hundred Designers lists and in the pages of virtually every interiors and architecture magazine in the world. For the first time, Showers's unique aesthetic is captured in a single volume. Michael Kors is an internationally renowned fashion designer. He lives in New York.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810949741
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810949744
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 1 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Danielle on October 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is beautifully done. She knows how to mix textures using fabrics and furniture from any time period, and she definitely has an eye for color and value. I love how she uses color throughout the book...each time the hues are perfect(the platinum/gray living is one of my favorites..so chic!). The rooms are glamorous and smart while being accessible. I will definitely use this as inspiration for my own home.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Gift For You on August 29, 2009
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I have always been a fan of Ms. Showers. Over the course of 8 years I have collected every article, magazine and book that has even mentioned the talent of this interior designer. I received my copy of the book today, and it was just what the doctor ordered: the elegant, and glamorous rooms are bright, beautiful and fantastically photographed.

I love the way each chapter covers specific rooms in a home, and yields many full-page examples of interiors. There is no choppiness of imagery that many interior design books publish nowadays, where one can find tiny photographs with about 12 examples of interiors on one page, and one can barely make out the interiors.

My one negative about the book is that I only wish the pages were printed on glossy paper. But maybe next time...
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 2, 2010
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Every living room equals one sofa upholstered in neutrals, a table with metal legs, two matching side chairs that dont' match the sofa. In the dining room, take one murano chandelier, add a table that doesn't match the surrounding chairs and sideboard. If you want or like the formula, this book has formulas on offer; and perhaps not always bad formulas. (In fact, I though Jan Showers did some pretty dining rooms, but they tend to offer limited scope for individuality to begin with.) But other designers offer a lot more individuality and I had very little sense of the personality of the owners of any of the rooms pictured.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Erin N. Fenstermaker on November 29, 2009
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Jan Showers has the most amazing style and is so talented. Her rooms are never overdone, and are always elegant and sophisticated--but never so much so that you don't feel like you could actually LIVE in each room. An important balance. And her use of color--this book is just a tutorial on the smart use of color! That is why I have scoured the book, to learn all of the color secrets that I can. Plus, don't forget to pay special attention to her furniture. She designs a fair amount of the furniture you see in the book, and it mixes so well with both modern pieces from other designers and antique pieces from centuries ago.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kylie Sarley on October 15, 2009
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After devouring all 206 pages of design ideas and beautiful photography I can safely say that Glamorous Rooms will be a forerunner in my design library that I am starting to build. The book is divided into 6 "rooms" covering entry halls, living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, private spaces, and outdoor living. Jan Showers shares her portfolio of timeless interior spaces as well as ideas on how to achieve a touch of glamour in your own home. And these ideas are cleverly drawn from her 25 years of experience designing rooms of understated elegance. Several pages of my copy are already bookmarked -- whether they are rooms that I am inspired by or ideas that I wish to reference later and perhaps try in my own home. Until then Glamorous Rooms will be beautifully displayed on my coffee table as even the cloth cover, where Showers pays homage to Hinson & Co.'s Snow Leopard fabric, is glamorous.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Book Addict on October 21, 2010
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This has got to be the best decorating book I have ever read. Even if her style isn't your style, this book reads like the designer is giving a class about her decorating techniques. The book is broken down into the various rooms of the house. The author then breaks down every room and talks about the elements(furniture, etc) she uses, making it very easy for the reader to replicate her style for themselves. If only all the other decorating books read like this!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Beavers on December 24, 2010
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I'm impressed. This book is not for people that want their rooms to look like everyman's or who want to order a room in a box or achieve a completed room at one go. The book is excellent for those that want to use recycled items regardless if one's budget is big or small. I'm a bargin hunter and have frequented flea markets, consignment stores, eBay, estate sales, et al, to achieve the looks in this wonderful book. Also, I used elbow grease, paint, upholstry, and repurposed vases, etc. to make gorgeous lamps that look very similar to the high end beauties show cased in the book. While the book's written words point to principles and approaches, for me, one must study the pictures to see how rooms can sparkle and meld into timeless, beautiful, and comfortable design. The book is particularly helpful when mixing periods and global pieces. By referencing this book, our home has gone from looking ordered, nice, and middle class to refined and spectacular. Wow!
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By Jerry B on September 7, 2012
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A wonderful use of glass and color, subtlety (in all forms and manner) and lustrous, surprisingly gentle textures.

Jan Showers creates glamor with a uniquely vigorous restraint. You don't feel the money in these rooms, you feel the artistry, the perfect scale and balance. (In other era, we'd call it breeding.)

Leafing through this beautiful book, I could almost feel the tension between what she achieved and what could have been (in a lesser mortal's hands). Nothing is more difficult to install than the type of elegant simplicity evidenced here. And page after page, Jan Showers proves herself a master at it.

Please take the time to examine the detail in these rooms. The finish, patina, tailoring, you name it, it's flawless. Perfect in every way. And there's not a bad lamp in the entire book, which in itself is saying a lot.

This is a major talent, showcased in an expertly designed and crafted book. Highest possible recommendation.
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