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Rooms to Inspire in the City: Stylish Interiors for Urban Living Hardcover – April 6, 2010

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; 1st edition (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847834301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847834303
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.1 x 11.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,040,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"…filled, as you would expect, with engaging prose and glorious images. The book is a veritable primer on how to celebrate the urban experience. Those living in the suburbs will want to race out…and locate a city dwelling; such is the allure cast by this beguiling monograph.”
“Annie Kelly recognizes that when designed properly the home is a haven from the busy world outside…Be it novelty in urban design or invention utility, this book is a wonderful resource for city dwellers interested in renovating their homes.” ~Romantic Homes

"Why We Love It: Part I, 'City Rooms,' illustrates the possibilities of urban decor; then, Part II, 'City Decorating,' offers stylish solutions for issues such as storing and displaying books, city kitchens and entertaining in the city." ~Luxe

About the Author

Annie Kelly has authored many books, including the Rooms to Inspire series, and writes a book column for She is also the editor-in-chief of the New York Observer Home magazine. Photographer Tim Street-Porter is the author of numerous books, including L.A. Modern

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By L. M. Keefer TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 10, 2010
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What I love about this "Rooms to Inspire" series is the books give you novel ideas and fresh design images with which to decorate and update your rooms. This new addition to the series is a delight. Taste is all about exposure, and this book exposes readers to current, sophisticated, exotic and eclectic interiors around the world by top designers/stylemakers including Mary McDonald, Jonathan Adler, and Peter Dunham. I particularly loved Carolina Irving's New York City apartment.

The rooms featured should stretch your parameters of style which is positive. The photos will nerve your courage to infuse a jolt of something interesting in any tired, boring or cliched rooms you feel you have at home. Good design is an expression of the owner's personality, and the rooms in this book have a strong sense of personality. No cookie-cutter copies. And although they are city rooms, much of the decor could be adapted to homes of suburban or country dwellers as well, as the cover photo, which is a particular favorite of mine, illustrates.

The book has sections on decorating with books and city kitchens which might be appealing to many readers. While I'd seen a couple of the rooms in this book in design magazines before, they looked even better in this book. The color is vibrant--you felt you could just walk into the pages and sit down in the rooms. This book is a great resource book of fresh, cosmopolitan, and tantalizing rooms under one cover to inspire and challenge you. If you liked the other "Rooms to Inspire" books by the author, you should enjoy this latest addition to the family.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paola V. Faãndez Garcãa on May 17, 2010
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I love the book, although it shows rooms a little bit more elegant than my budget, I was very pleased with my purchase. My mother also has enjoy it a lot, because is more her style.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By felicity on August 22, 2013
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I love this book.
I live in city for long time and move to survive resort area now.
It works for any kind of room types and give me a fresh idea to update our rooms !!!
It is stylish and simple and use beautiful color combination.
I love it.

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The 'blindspot' in decorating that often comes with conformity is pleasantly missing in this exceptional guide to the most intriguing houses in the world. Each setting is like a painting only try to guess the artist! I am so inspired by people's visions and refer to this book often not as a coffee table book but as a textbook. Thank you Annie Kelly! You got it going on!
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More About the Author

Author Annie Kelly is also a decorator, design writer, and magazine editor.
With her husband, photographer Tim Street-Porter, she is based in Los Angeles, and has a second home two hours outside of New York in Litchfield, Connecticut.
Born in Australia, Kelly first trained as an artist. In 1993 she started work in Los Angeles as a decorator, and her projects have been published in a variety of design magazines: House and Garden, House Beautiful, Australian Vogue Living, Elle Decor, Metropolitan Home, English House and Garden, Traditional Home, Country Living and World of Interiors. Kelly's renovation of Frank Lloyd Wright's La Miniatura in Pasadena was featured as a cover story in Architectural Digest. She is currently working on several decorating projects in New York and Los Angeles.
In the 1990s she was a contributing editor on House & Garden (USA), and worked as a stylist on shoots for them, as well as Town and Country, Western Interiors and many others.
Kelly's design work has been featured in numerous books including three written and photographed by her husband Tim Street-Porter. They are Freestyle (Stewart Tabori and Chang,) Casa Mexicana (Stewart Tabori and Chang) and The Los Angeles House (Clarkson Potter,) as well as Be Your Own Decorator (Rizzoli) by Susanna Salk.

She has been a guest in the past on many decorating television shows, and apart from her books, writes about design and decoration for national magazines both here and in other countries. These include World of Interiors, the Robb Report, German, French and Russian Architectural Digest, and Belle magazine in Australia. .
Kelly is currently reviewing design books for the on-line website magazine "Introspective," at the furniture-selling website where she writes for a column called "Required Reading," as well as putting together designer profiles for "Style Compass."
Her first book was Casa Mexicana Style in 2006(Stewart Tabori & Chang,) then Rooms to Inspire,(Rizzoli)followed by Casa San Miguel in 2008.Two more books in the series came out in 2009 and 2010, both from Rizzoli- Rooms to Inspire in the Country and Rooms to inspire in the City.
In 2011 she produced Litchfield County Style also for Rizzoli, which recently won the New England Society Book Prize and the latest is Rooms to Inspire (Rizzoli) by the Sea, published in 2012.