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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Filipacchi Publishing; 10.3.2009 edition (October 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933231602
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933231600
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

For 20 years, Margaret Russell has infused ELLE DECOR with a singular sense of sophistication while helping to preserve its mission to inspire those passionate about interiors with the best in decoration, architecture, and product design. In 2000, she was promoted to editor in chief of the magazine she helped found. ELLE DECOR is now the largest of 25 ELLE DECO editions published around the world.

A graduate of Brown University, Russell began her career at Glamour. Her first book, Designing Women: Interiors by Leading Style Makers, was published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang in 2001, and So Chic: Glamorous Lives, Stylish Spaces was released by Filipacchi Publishing in 2007; she also appeared as a featured judge on both seasons of Bravo's Top Design. Russell was named a vice president of Hachette Filipacchi Media in 2003.

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For 20 years, Margaret Russell has infused ELLE DECOR with a singular sense of sophistication while helping to preserve its mission to inspire those passionate about interiors with the best in decoration, architecture, and product design. In 2000, she was promoted to editor in chief of the magazine she helped found. ELLE DECOR is now the largest of 25 ELLE DECOR editions published around the world.

A graduate of Brown University, Russell began her career at Glamour. Her first book, "Designing Women: Interiors" by Leading Style Makers, was published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang in 2001, and "So Chic: Glamorous Lives, Stylish Spaces" was released by Filipacchi Publishing in 2007; she also appeared as a featured judge on both seasons of Bravo's Top Design. Russell was named a vice president of Hachette Filipacchi Media in 2003.

Customer Reviews

This is truly the best of Elle Decor.
San Antonio Book Review
It's got great room in it and gave me many good ideas on how to decorate in a glamourous and sophisticted way.
P. Bedford
There's a room for every style, whether modern or traditional, and every page just oozes style and chic.
Elaine Griffin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Vicente Wolf on November 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
As an interior designer I'm always looking for material to use as reference. I think the Elle Décor book offers the best of this venue, especially if one is looking to redo one's space. It offers different styles of approach for a variety of rooms in your home, ranging from more traditional to more contemporary. It's a great tool for interior designers, or anybody interested in redoing their home.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By San Antonio Book Review on January 22, 2010
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Where on earth can a person with a keen eye for excellent home décor find libraries with rolling ladders, living rooms covered in sumptuous chinoiserie fabric, monochromatic bedrooms with spiral staircases, and dining room walls lacquered in persimmon red paint, all gathered together in one immensely stylish book? The answer, of course, is Style and Substance: The Best of Elle Décor.

Style and Substance features hundreds of beautifully rendered photographs of the homes of designers, architects, antiques buyers, celebrities, and fashion executives. The contents is divided into public spaces and personal spaces, and further divided down by rooms. It is luxurious and makes no apologies for it, and whether a reader's taste in interior design is clean and modern or cozy and careworn, there is something here to inspire everyone. For the former there is Will Kopelman's home office on page 72, with its crisp white walls, glass-topped desk, and Bertoia wire chairs. For the latter, Julie Greenwood's kitchen on pages 116 and 117 will make even the most anti-materialistic of souls covetous, and it's no small wonder as to why: the antique French furniture and Italian chandelier are a sight to behold when contrasted with the exposed stone walls and floor.

The title is in no way misleading. This is truly the best of Elle Decor. This book is a marvel and a wonder, and should be considered a must read for anyone interested in interior design.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Charles F. Allen Jr. on November 1, 2009
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As an ardent fan of SO CHIC for its depiction of private lives and private homes, I ordered STYLE AND SUBSTANCE (kind of) expecting more of the same. The book is a delight to the senses and the interiors are elegantly charming and beautiful. I realize that the homes shown in it are ones previously featured in ELLE DECOR, but I was hoping for more of the details of the decorating and just a little more biographical info. These are not intended to be disparaging remarks; instead, they are personal opinion. It is an elegant book that I have now begun reading for the second time since I got it just about a month ago. Ms Russell has done a marvelous job in the editing. You'll once again be inspired, intrigued, and feel glee in peeking into the beautiful private worlds of some very elegant, charming people.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SOFIA KYRIAKOPOULOU on March 22, 2010
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Interesting book if your focus is on glamour , no solutions for difficult places
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Susan on November 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Style and Substance is truly the very best of Elle Decor and, if you're a decor junkie like myself, this will soon become your go-to guide for stylish ideas with substance - across a wide range of design genres. Definitely one of my favorites right now.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anne Eliason on November 30, 2009
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This really is the best of the best examples of style and substance. There are many different styles, but all of them have great flavor. There is a lot you can draw from in this book...or just enjoy it because it is FUN!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sea on December 17, 2010
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I own and review many interior design books, and this one by far is the most comprehensive I've seen in terms of different styles. Whether you're into modern, traditional, country, apartment-living, you'll be able to find something inspirational in this book. And if you haven't discovered your style yet, this book will serve as a wonderful guide. I've given copies of this book to friends who are about to buy properties or renovate their homes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert L. Pini on January 23, 2010
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WHAT IS BRILLIANT ABOUT THIS BOOK-- THE BEST OF A SUPERB MAGAZINE -- IS NOT JUST THE BEAUTIFUL PHOTOGRAPHY AND INVENTIVE INTERIORS BUT RATHER THE IDEA LIVING IN A PLACE THAT CAN CHANGE YOUR PERCEPTIONS ABOUT HOW WE USE OUR PERSONAL SPACES.

"STYLE AND SUBSTANCE" HELPED ME DECONSTRUCT THE BEAUTY OF SPACE AND MY CONNECTION TO IT.

BENEATH THE GLORIOUS BEAUTY OF THE BOOK, THERE ARE DEEP IDEAS THAT TAP INTO HOW ALL US HUMANS NEED A COMFORT SPACE -- INSTEAD OF CRAWLING INTO BED, PAINT THE ROOM AND BUY A RUG -- IT TRULY CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE -- BE BOLD

BRAVO MARGARET RUSSELL --
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