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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2001
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
Or if you love browsing Swedish furniture catalogues, buy this book! Unfortunately, I'm not a big concrete & steel fan or heavily into Swedish furniture. It's a lovely book but if, like me, you're looking for garden inspiration or expecting visions that incorporate trees and plants, look elsewhere and save your money. The designs for outdoor rooms in this book left me cold. I gave it a reasonably good rating because I realize that readers who love modern architecture will probably enjoy it.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
When looking for fresh ideas and inspiration on how to create the prefect outdoor space you needn't look any further than this book. From a modern symmetrical porch to lush English gardens, it showcases a wide range of styles. With so much to choose from anyone can find something to suit their taste.
Many of the outdoor rooms have pools. It is amazing how they manage to flawlessly integrate the pools into the environment without making them seem out of place or just thrown there. The magnificent outdoor spaces truly become a part of the home.
I love the combination of styles and how they compliment one another. One room features the creamy white walls of Greece, a timber roof and hot Mexican colors in a cushioned seat. Large color photos tell the story with brief descriptions of each example.
In the back there is a sampler of fine furnishing and accessories form a variety of different styles including historical, rustic, Mediterranean/island, and geometric. There is also a helpful directory of design professionals, photographers and product sources.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on July 27, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a great "thumb thur" book. It has really nice pictures of outdoor areas that are very "architectural".... Not helpful for the "average joe" looking for ideas to create your own backyard/outdoor patio/room.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2002
Format: Paperback
If you need ideas on how to create outdoor spaces for entertaining - this book is for you. Dining, lounging, dining, lounging... Even different photos of the same patio have different place settings on the tables to give you dining ideas. After a while, I began looking for spaces where you could do something other than dine, or lounge. Overall, nice photos of nice outdoor spaces, but limited appeal.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
While I don't have oodles of cash to slather all about my little acre I do dream big & beautiful & that's why Julie Taylor's book called to me. I live so much of my life outside, even in the foggy mists on the hem of a rainforest that I have had several ideas about outdoor rooms. This book explores bringing the outdoors in & the indoors out. It is a collection of spaces designed by a host of Design Professionals & captured by another host of Photographers. It is a great winter read when images of sunshine & verdancy fill our minds & we look about our nest & wonder how to expand it, how to live out of doors & still be safe from the elements. Lovely, sumptuous feast for your eyes. For my full review do check out: [my website].
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on July 17, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book is full of photos....of million dollar homes. Whether it is on the California beach at Malibu where the movie stars live, or high up on a mountain top with a commanding view of acres of land the homeowner owns....this book only contains extremely expensive homes with "outdoor rooms" that probably cost more for a porch than my entire home costs.

What, you aren't a billionaire? Not friends with Bill Gates and not related to Steven Spielberg?

Then do not buy this book. It is a waste of your money to buy it, unless you have so much money that you have nothing better to do than waste it.

For "regular" folk, we would never, ever be able to use any of the ideas from this book in our own gardens. Becasue we could never, ever afford the grandiose garbage this book contains.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2008
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
I bought this book for ideas on design, but it turned out to be a big disappointment. Unless you have beaucoup of cash, this book is just a tease.
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on November 17, 2013
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Great book! It provided me with the information that I was looking for and is an easy read. Not every book has all of the information that you may need, but it is definitely a good start.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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This book will set your imagination on fire and motivate you to turn your ordinary backyard into a mini-paradise. Lots of pictures to drool over, you will find yourself thumbing thru it again and again..
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on February 19, 2015
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I never bought this so cannot review it
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