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Atlanta Bartlett is an interiors stylist whose trademark look is accessible and easy-going. Dave Coote is a furniture and interiors designer well known for his quirky, retro style with an emphasis on reclaimed materials.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 159 pages
  • Publisher: Ryland Peters & Small (March 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849751129
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849751124
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #553,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Laura M. Brodniak on March 23, 2011
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Got my copy tonight and had a hard time putting this down. This is a solid representation of several "styles" of decorating, under the common theme of "pale". Far from being dull, harsh, or hard to live with, the book presents many lovely photos of real homes -- ones you can imagine actual people living in. It fits in nicely with the current trend (craze?) for reusing, recycling, and re-purposing. I think I'll find myself turning to this on a regular basis -- not just for home design, but to inspire other endeavors.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By suejo12 on June 13, 2011
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Not worth the money. Multiple photos of the same six rooms in one large book. No imagination. Do not waste your money
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By 12Junes on December 27, 2011
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I could never live with so much white, but I still found inspiration in this book. I like the use of older not-so -perfect accent pieces to bring character to a room and warmth to a cool pallet. I bought this book to get some ideas for neutralizing my home before I put it on the market, but I'll probably keep it around for awhile and maybe use some ideas in my next house.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Antoinette on July 16, 2013
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I love this book. I adore Scandinavian design and I really enjoyed this book. It's not just beautiful inspiring pictures, it has tips on creating a "pale and interesting" interior without the rooms looking washed out. I would highly recommend this book to those who love ethereal, dreamy, peaceful, mostly white interiors and want tips on how to keep it interesting. Well rounded book from pictures to the text. :)
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The design philosophy of this book can be summed up by the following words from its introduction: airy, artful, vintage, simplistic, and easy-going. The authors succeed in showing a diverse collection of interiors that are thematically connected by both those elements and light palettes.

The photos are just lovely. The featured interiors range from romantic to vintage to masculine to natural, and I reached the last page with a better sense of how I'd like to decorate my own apartment. Bartlett & Coote have curated interiors that show relying on whites and pastels doesn't have to be boring if you incorporate statement pieces, texture, and carefully considered pops of color.

I was not impressed with the text, however. The writing became redundant 20 pages in, and more often than not, was unnecessary or obvious. Several of the full-page spreads also featured a famous quotation that added nothing to the value of the image or message of the book.

I borrowed this book from the library, and recommend anyone interested in this palette to do so, as well.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Hicks on May 15, 2011
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In this book, Atlanta Bartlett and her husband Dave Coote prove that having a white palette doesn't limit you to a feminine, floral look. Their images achieve the perfect balance of industrial and romantic/country. The book includes many homes that I hadn't seen before in magazines or other books, and offers many ideas for upcycling. I think that this look is very modern even though it harks back to the past. A beautiful book with a clever title.
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I so disagree that this book is a copy of Rachel Adams; quite a different approach. I personally do not care for Rachel Adams; too feminine; too Hollywood! Too commercial, too much the same feel. I love the peaceful, rugged look of homes in Pale and Interesting. One of my favorite books; wish it never ended!
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17 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Yayabozar on April 22, 2011
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I don't know why I persist buying books by Atlanta Bartlett, probably because the cover is always gorgeous, the pictures inside are nice, and certainly because I love Shabby Chic by Rachel Ashwell, and there is a kind of similarity... That is my point : it is so much copied on Rachel Ashwell, that it is becoming really very embarrassing.
We had "Easy Elegance", another way to say "Shabby Chic", now it's "Pale and Interesting"... What's next ? Even the "Relaxed Home", that I got of course, already made me wondering what was going on with this Atlanta and Shabby Chic.
The difference is that Rachel Ashwell is alive, well there, such a personality and creativity, that you get to know her, you recognize right away what is Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic style or not, Couture or not Couture, whatever... I've read three books by Atlanta Bartlett and I still don't get it : I don't understand who she is, everything is so anonymous and cold, she gives rules in decoration, like if someone else was making them. For example : she doesn't "like something", but "in pale and interesting we do like that". Why ? Who decides ? Who are you ? Who is hidden behind this weird name ?
It's also difficult to believe that actual people are living in rooms shown there. And I can't understand how the two same cushions are displayed in two different homes, what a coincidence ! They tried to make so-called "studios" a little messier, to give more reality to these rooms, but seriously, did you see my own studio ? I can tell you : it doesn't look like that, and I really try !
To be honest, I am not even at the end of this book, I am forcing myself to finish it and I precise : I am passionate about decoration and design. But it is written by such a boring way, I have the feeling that ghosts are behind all this.
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