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Hip Hollywood Homes: An Intimate Look at L.A.'s Hottest Trendsetters and the Inspiring Spaces They Live in Hardcover – September 26, 2006


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“Just like the people who live here, Hollywood homes reflect a creativity and sensibility that is rarely seen elsewhere....With Hip Hollywood Homes, Sue Hostetler has given us a chance to peek inside some of the most uniquely designed residences in Los Angeles.” —Courteney Cox Arquette

“What does the word ‘hip’ mean, anyway? The reason I choose to live in Los Angeles is that I’m inspired by the architecture here—by the freedom of so many choices Angelenos have in how they want to live, both visually and emotionally. Style is so personal here. To me, everything about Los Angeles is about freedom—and that's hip!” —Sharon Stone

“Hollywood used to be all about cheese and glitz and schlock. What happened? Every house in this book is so hip and groovy you just want to move right in.” —Simon Doonan, Creative Director, Barneys New York

About the Author

Sue Hostetler is the author of Oceans, which included the work of more than eighty of the most important photographers of our time. She photo-edited such titles as The Lucky Magazine Shopping Manual, Paul Starr on Beauty: Conversations with Thirty Celebrated Women, and Rolex: 12 Giants. As a photojournalist, Hostetler has traveled to Rwanda, Chechnya, Azerbaijan, Guatemala, and Cuba. She resides in Los Angeles and New York with her husband and daughter.


Peter Christiansen Valli is a nationally recognized architectural photographer whose work has been featured in numerous books and ad campaigns. His photographs have appeared in Architectural Digest and other shelter magazines for more than twenty years. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three daughters.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (September 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307238261
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307238269
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 9.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,148,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anne-Marie Gallagher on December 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I was really looking forward to this book. The cover shot is lovely, and I was intrigued by the comments from other readers. Unfortunately, the cover shot is the best of an interior; there is also a shot of a lap pool that is really lovely. Those were the only two inspiring photos in the book.

This is strictly a "picture" book--no plans, no elevations, little specific product/material/sourcing information. The homes featured belong to not-publicly-famous who cater to Hollywood royalty (a lawyer-to-the-stars, a jewler-to-the-stars, a public-relations-representative-to-the-stars, etc.)

Many of the homeowners featured in the book "decorated" their places by themselves, and they would have benefited from a little help from a professional. For all the beautiful views and (sometimes) beautiful architecture, and for all the money these people put into their places, the majority of the interiors share a kind of shop-worn, mid-century modern feel, reminiscent of a vaguely seedy, semi-cheap hotel room. It's an aesthetic that is very popular in LA, but I found it a little depressing.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bob Gruner on December 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is extremely disappointing. I was lucky to find a copy in a local store so I could thumb through it before an actual purchase. Unfortunately the publisher did not permit a "Search Inside" for Amazon readers to be able to do the same. The interiors are not "inspiring" and there is really nothing about these rooms that one would want to emulate. This is particularly disappointing given the resources the homeowners must have had at their disposal. Attractive photographs do not make up for lackluster ideas.

One other point - it is my opinion that the three 5-star reviews given to this book must have been written either by friends of the author or perhaps employees of the publisher. The reviews all came out within two weeks of the original publication and in each case, they are the only review from that person. I doubt they were from actual readers.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tom Wolfson on September 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I know you say to yourselves. Not another narsicistic book on celebrity domiciles.. But this book stands out. It is smartly written by Sue Hostetler. An element of honesty comes out in her subjects that one is not usually privy to in a celebrity "fluff piece". The humanity of those who dwell within the walls portrayed in this book really shines through. Also the photographs are "Superb". I have owned many beautiful photo books and this one really stands out. The depth of the images and the natural balance of light is stunning. Peter seems to know just what the spaces want to share with the viewer. All the homes shine under Peters visionary imagemaking. I would say if you are interested in what really drives the styles of today, "Hip Hollywood Homes" is a MUST HAVE. The style , design , and tastemakers who opened their lives and homes to Peter and Sue really are the creme' de la creme' of what is happening now.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. Hurley on September 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Much, much more than other coffee table books!

It's a design and style book that reads like a great celebrity or style magazine! The elegant cover caught my eye, the interior and exterior home photos inspired new decorating ideas, and the inside scoop of Hollywood's movers and shakers made me want to curl up with the book just as a good page-turner novel does! Hostetler has found the right mix for anyone with high-end, edgy and in-the-now home design sensibilities.

Done - it's on the top of my Holiday gift list for friends, family and co-workers this year!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Reid on November 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I've lived in LA for fifteen years. I love this city but it's not a place that immediately reveals its best side. If you want to see worst of LA buy this book. It's a catalog of the most self-involved and vacuous people this city has to offer, people whose contributions to society consist of "event planning" and "night club promotion." If everyone in this book disappeared tomorrow, who would notice?
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