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Living by Design: Ideas for Interiors and Gardens Paperback – September 14, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld Nicolson Illustrated (September 14, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753804956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753804957
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.6 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,659,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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These profusely illustrated books explore the design styles of two internationally renowned British interior designers. Hoppen shows her personal design style of taking North African and Asian designs and items and incorporating them into contemporary interiors. The layout of the photographs provides a nice juxtaposition of images, such as a green rice paddy or an Algerian wrought iron gate with an interpretation of how that color, shape, or texture is used in residential decor. Stefanidis allows us to visit his home, which he created from cow sheds in Dorset, England. The book proceeds room by room and through the gardens, with the chatty text explaining his approach to interior design and landscaping; it even includes recipes to make the reader feel a welcome guest. Both books are recommended for interior design collections.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

John Stefanidis was born in Egypt and studied at Oxford University. He started his London-based interior design practise in Chelsea in 1967 and from here he designs for clients around the world. John lives in London SW1 but he also spends time at his house on the Greek island of Patmos.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 18, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Not your ordinary coffee-table book; an essential guide for anyone interested in a house and garden that is original, witty, mindful of place and time. The photographs are unusually good and the text compelling --- it makes the good life seem accessible and comfortable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Ropiequet on April 26, 2002
Format: Hardcover
John Stefanidis does live by design; and with purpose and clarity he also designed his home and gardens, with wonderful results. He used his own textile designs to good use throughout the home, which is indicative of a man who knows his own mind when it comes to design. The results of the transformation of old stables into a comfortable home are spectacularly simple, by design, making the home a most usable, gracious, and gentle environment for him. There are also numerous design elements which any would be designer/decorator could use to good advantage in their own homes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 18, 1999
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Not your ordinary coffee-table book; an essential guide for anyone interested in a house and garden that is original, witty, mindful of place and time. The photographs are unusually good and the text compelling --- it makes the good life seem accessible and within one's means of both pocketbook and imagination.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michele G. Sdougas on May 4, 2009
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London-based John Stefanidis has always been a designer to watch. It's hard to believe he's now in his 70s. Much like Bunny William's book "An Affair with a House" this book chronicles the evolution of an abandoned English countryside cowshed and its surrounding acreage into a spectacular weekend and vacation home with a virtual paradise of a garden. Filled with books, interesting corners and decked in every flowering plant brought in from the property's greenhouse to make you swoon with envy. The life of this adopted English country gentleman is full of reading, gardening, and get togethers with those lucky enough to be invited down for the weekend or an extended visit. Fine photography really captures the magic of the place.
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