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Peaceful Spaces: Transform Your Home into a Haven of Calm and Tranquility Hardcover – February 4, 2002


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Ryland, Peters & Small Ltd (February 4, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841722626
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841722627
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 9.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,318,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Packed full of advice and gorgeous pics on how to achieve a harmonious home. (Livingetc) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Alice Whately is a freelance journalist, writer, and editor. She contributes regualarly to newspapers and magazines including the "Mail on Sunday", "South China Morning Post", "Conde Nast Traveller", and "Harpers & Queen". A former decor editor at "Elle", Alice has also written for "The Times" and "ES" magazine. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Margaret P. on March 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover
'Peaceful Spaces' is composed of two parts. The first half is a truly wonderful collection of decorative rooms and principles telling you how to make your own rooms look really nice. The idea is to get rid of clutter and excess furnishings, and then artfully arange carefully chosen furnishings & decorations to build a cohesive, peaceful room. Some of the rooms are a bit too spartan for my tastes, but most are simply wonderful. This book isn't about decorating style (e.g., country or modern) but how to use shape, texture, color, and materials to compose an inspiring display. 'Peaceful Spaces' touches upon Feng Shui, Zen, and Japeneese decorating style.
The second half of the book applies the principles to different rooms of the house & office.
If decorating your house were an art class, then most books teach technique (e.g., how to do faux painting, how to decorate in the country style, how to recover a sofa, how to choose colors); whereas this book teaches composition (e.g., how to put the pieces together into a pleasing ensamble). My experience with art classes & decorating books is that actual advice on composition is very, very rare. This book is a gem!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 13, 2006
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Looking for a book that actually was what it said and this book did not disappoint. Peaceful spaces galore and into a haven of calm and tranquility are what it delivers.

Page 10: 'By questioning the purpose of everything you own, you will quickly realize that it is you, rather than the stuff that surrounds you, that must take center stage in the home.' Page 13: 'Next look at your furniture and fixtures and ask yourself what you could do without. If you are scrupulously honest, you may well discover that many things you thought were indispensable to domestic bliss are, in fact, easily dispensed with.'

Page 18 'continuity of color prevents fragmentation' I have found to be one main asset when it comes to creating calm and tranquility and the author knows their stuff well. As is the authors thoughtfulness in showing a variety of spaces and abodes from city to suburbia, country and mountains. Something for everyone. Well laid out and a book one will probably use as a reference for decades since the ideas are not 'fad' but timeless.

In the back of the book starting on page 138 there are sources galore listed both international and here in the states. Where possible she includes their websites which is so helpful. The book was well worth the price.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Reve Parker on July 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Photos and advice combine to introduce a clutter-free, peaceful way of life. I was looking for some inspiration as to how I can simplify my life and stop keeping so many knick-knacks out. This book is helping me realize how important it is--and how good you'll feel--when you finally decide to clear up your space. If you already know a little bit about Fung Shui, it'll add to the positive effects of this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer VINE VOICE on December 1, 2008
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Every photo in this book is beautiful and very inspirational. It loses one star for me bc a lot of the pictures show beautiful houses with spiral staircases, huge windows that take up an entire wall, sky lights, and tons of furniture that I couldn't afford any time soon. I live in a rental so I am not able to remodel like these photos. Would have been nice if the book explained what to do when you lack natural sunlight or what to do in tight spaces. But I will for sure use the decorations as ideas to cozy up my home and the chapters on how to toss out the unimportant will definately help my husband the "pack rat".
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