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Style and Grace: African Americans at Home Paperback – January 10, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Bulfinch; 1st edition (January 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082125748X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821257487
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.5 x 11.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,115,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michael Henry Adams studied at Columbia University and is one of the foremost authorities on the architecture and culture of Harlem. He has been featured in countless articles on the architecture and preservation of Harlem. He has also written for the New York Times and numerous other leading newspapers and magazines. He is the author of Harlem Lost and Found, which was the basis for a 2004 Museum of the City of New York exhibit.

Photographer Mick Hales's work has appeared in such magazines as House and Garden, Vanity Fair, Architectural Record, and Town and Country. His books include Monastic Gardens, New York Apartments, and Gardens Around the World.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 9, 2003
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I bought this book hoping for decorating inspiration. It's attractive but I wish the author could've visited the homes of a few non celebrities. Another thing I noticed, after looking at only a few pages you begin to realize the each home is very much like the other. It could've been better.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on January 24, 2004
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If you're looking for a beautiful, decorative coffee-table book to fill space in your living quarters, look no further. STYLE AND GRACE: AFRICAN AMERICANS AT HOME is a beautiful escape inside the home of African American celebrities. Showing a diversity of styles and tastes, the reader is given a glimpse of quiet elegance, sophisticated clutter, and even over-indulgent artifacts. Showcasing the houses of celebrities such as Russell Simmons and Gordon Parks to Nancy Lane and Michael McCollom, this book is resplendent, and quite an inspiration to those who can afford to hire someone else to fix up their house.
Photographer Mick Hales has beautifully portrayed areas both inside and outside of each house. And, while I did think the book was beautiful, it was a bit annoying that it only focused on celebrities as if to say that other African Americans do not have style and decorating abilities too. It would've been nice to see a section devoted to those who do their own interior decorating.

Reviewed by Tee C. Royal
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Veronica Sanders on October 1, 2003
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I was thrilled to come across this book as the marketplace has been needing a book like this for a long time. In my home library of interior design books, there has been a hole when it comes to african-american style and design and this books fits the bill perfectly. Some of the people whose homes are shown are well-known, such as Gordon Parks and Russell Simmons, but others who are less-known, but professionals in their field, have beautiful homes nevertheless. I loved seeing how culture and design are interwoven and that modern pieces can be paired with antiques, heirlooms, and artifacts. I highly recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Thomas on December 27, 2011
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A deeper look into the lives and personal styles of the subjects, but what I really wanted were inspirations for my own home. More pictures please!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Meme on February 7, 2010
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I purchased this book hoping to learn more about African-American design and cultural aesthetic. However, upon receiving the book, I quickly realized that many of the people in the book were NOT, in fact, African-American. If I wanted a book on Jamaican-Americans at Home, Cubans, or Dutchmen, I would've purchased those books (I've already purchased two great books on Cuban Interiors). I was hoping to learn more about African-American design and culture and what I received instead was a disappointing, misleadingly titled book that focused on celebrity homes that reflected nothing in the way of African-American design or culture...and a book that was not devoted to African-Americans at home, at all. A really disappointing purchase...

Pass this book up quickly and instead purchase Cecil Hayes' Art of Decorative Details. I purchased this book, as well, and fortunately it offers amazing insight into African-American home design and interiors. I love it.
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If photographer Mick Hales' work in STYLE AND GRACE: AFRICAN AMERICANS AT HOME looks familiar, that's because his work has appeared in some top national magazines, from House and Garden to Vanity Fair. When paired with architectural historian Michael Henry Adams' work, it provides a gorgeous addition to the first survey to capture the spirit of African-Americans in their home design and decoration choices. A wide range of homes receive feature here, from that of hip-hop entrepreneur Russell Simmons to Congressman Charles Rangel: each surveys the style, intentions and outlook of the homeowner as well as the designer or architect involved.

Diane C. Donovan, Editor

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If photographer Mick Hales' work in STYLE AND GRACE: AFRICAN AMERICANS AT HOME looks familiar, that's because his work has appeared in some top national magazines, from House and Garden to Vanity Fair. When paired with architectural historian Michael Henry Adams' work, it provides a gorgeous addition to the first survey to capture the spirit of African-Americans in their home design and decoration choices. A wide range of homes receive feature here, from that of hip-hop entrepreneur Russell Simmons to Congressman Charles Rangel: each surveys the style, intentions and outlook of the homeowner as well as the designer or architect involved.

Diane C. Donovan, Editor

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