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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2006
I love other people's homes because I get decorating tips, art suggestions, perhaps color ideas and room layout pointers for furniture. I also like other people's homes because I'm curious and I want to see where they live.

Shortly after our departure from Minnesota for the long, cold winter and our arrival in Arizona for the balmy sunshine, The New Southwest Home by Suzanne Picket Martinson arrived for review. It couldn't have been a more fortuitous arrival since, after five years in our current home, we are considering a move.

The New Southwest Home is a simply scrumptious book packed with room-by-room tours of stunning and uniquely innovative contemporary and traditional homes that marry style with environment. Whether you're looking for larger windows, unencumbered by coverings, to view the mountains, monastery front doors that signify strength and durability, or a traditional beehive fireplace for cozy warmth, there is something for everyone.

And since the Southwest conjures up visions of warm, neutral earth and desert colors there are many ideas, using that color palette, for the reader to experiment with. From the entryway where guests are invited in, to the heart of the home, the kitchen, and all rooms in between, there is beauty, ideas galore and a sense that Southwest living is a collaboration of beauty and function. The photographs are exceptional and add to the flavor and enjoyment of paging through the book, just for fun or for ideas for your own home.

Armchair Interviews says: The southwest style can be transported anywhere. It's not just for the southwest. Isn't that a fun thought?
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2006
The photo's are wonderful especially if you're looking for ideas to decorate your house in southwestern style. That's what I am doing and I actually got some great inspiration from many of the photo's. I'll be honest, I bought it for the great photos and decorating ideas and I haven't actually read any of the text!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on February 4, 2006
Moving from Florida to New Mexico is a learning experience. Styles of homes and furnishings are very different as one might expect in leaving the tropics for the desert.

This book gave me beautiful pictures to help in the transition and build a home with style. I highly recommend it for beautiful concepts in decorating and design and those who desire pictures to get creative juices flowing!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This book is outstanding with it's beautiful full color pages and great ideas. You will not be disappointed with this purchase. Love it!

Scottsdale, AZ
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 24, 2005
Beautifully illustrated with full color photographs on every page, The New Southwest Home is a showcase of innovative and stylish southwest home interiors. Spanning a range of styles, from incorporating Native American elements to neo- classical decor to stark simplicity verging on modern art, these dwellings are breathtaking to behold and evoke a variety sentiments connected to different aspects of daily life in the Southwest. A superb inspirational resource, absorbing to simply page through, and just as enticing for the casual browser as it is for the professional interior decorator.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 7, 2014
The title mentions 'New' Southwest Home, and that is indeed what you'll find here. If--like myself and a few other reviewers here--you were looking for a more classic Santa Fe / Adobe / Spanish style of house, you'll find this book comes up short. Only about a third of the pictures show houses that are arguably in that style. The remainder of the photographs are of contemporary kitchens, imaginative kids rooms, media rooms the size of small theatres, and modern, extravagant bedrooms that you could easily envision in a New York apartment were it not for the cactus outside the window.

There are only a few exterior shots, so consider this an interior design book. Furthermore, the vast majority of these homes are obviously owned by the trust fund / stock option set; don't expect to duplicate these looks at Walmart. If you enjoy looking at pictures of gorgeously decorated interiors where cost was no object and can set aside practical thoughts such as the need to hire a full-time cleaning staff or the damage your kids could cause in a room full of lit candles and antique pottery, this is the book for you.

I'm not going to downgrade this book just because it wasn't what I was expecting. It gets at least three stars for its beautiful photography and its excellent illustration of the color palettes of the Southwest. I gave it another star for mostly avoiding the cliche Cowboy and Indian Southwest motifs, such as bull horns on the wall (only 1 picture thankfully), Indians in a feathered hairdress (Plains Indians, not Southwest), or Totem poles (Pacific Coast Indians, not Southwest) (just a few pictures each thankfully). For extra credit, see if you can spot the same little green lizard that appears in at least three different homes. I could probably swing the green lizard.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on September 30, 2005
This beautiful collection of photographs would be entertaining enough. But the inspiring themes and tips and interviews hooked me for an entire afternoon. What a lovely read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2011
This book may be good as a regular book, but I purchased it as a Kindle eBook and it was a terrible waste of money.

The images - a critical part of the content - are tiny, like internet thumbnails. It is impossible to see details on the Kindle screen. When you zoom into them, they are very poor resolution and show less than the silly postage stamp size view. So... it is not a picture book. There has to be a more refined way of translating a picture book into an eBook. I realize that shrinking down the image sizes makes it easier to transmit the book, but this is worthless.

Nor is the book valuable for the text. The text reads like it was scanned from a hard copy but never edited to correct OCR errors. There are numerous mistakes and erroneous characters, rendering the text meaningless in some places.

It is an offense to Amazon customers to sell this as an eBook.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2006
I have enjoyed this book very much and would recommend it to others who are interested in the SW style.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 1, 2005
The originals of what we today call styles of houses grew out of what materials were available to use in house construction. In the American Southwest that means Adobe and rock. Adobe is, of course, a sun baked mud that has been reinforced through the addition of straw, small sticks, and originally manure. This lead to a style of house with vertical thick walls, flat roofs that minimized the amount of wood needed and little decoration. Just exactly the type of house memorialized in one western movie after another.

Of course in today's world the one or two room shack just won't do. But the style serves as a basis for some of the west's finest architects and designers. Today's Southwestern home can come complete with heavy duty stainless steel appliances nestled in around the rock face. The bath may have a rustic look, but it's with a designer sink. The strong room, where you originally hid from the indians or tornados may today hold a wine cellar.

Arizona native Martinson has carefully selected a series of houses to show in this beautifully illustrated volume that shows just what Southwestern style can do under good hands.
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