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Hue Hardcover – November 15, 2009

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About the Author

Kelly Wearstler is the author of ""Modern Glamour"" and the founder of the Los Angeles architectural interior design firm kwid (Kelly Wearstler Interior Design). Her designs for the trendsetting Viceroy resorts from California to the Caribbean; such taste-making hotels as Maison 140 and Avalon; unique office, retail, and leisure spaces, including BG restaurant and lounge in Manhattan's Bergdorf Goodman; and upscale residences such as the Trousdale Estate have been profiled in House and Garden, House Beautiful, Interior Design, Elle Decor, Vogue, and W. Wearstler is also designer of her own kwid line of furnishings and accessories. She lives in Beverly Hills with her husband, hotelier Brad Korzen, and their sons.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: AMMO Books (November 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193442935X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934429358
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 1.3 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a huge fan of Wearstler's irreverent, colorful design, but this book was a serious letdown. For a tome titled "Hue", she was hardly creative with real color. The fabric cover itself is just white! The entire book is just 12 rooms or so shot from different angles to highlight a particular artifact in a particular color. Worst of all, she used the same books and artifacts over and over. The glamor shots of her and her sons were out of place and the spread of her jewelry and shoe collections were quite self-indulgent. While text in a design book is often superfluous, hers is limited to an "interview" at the beginning without any real discussion of the rooms presented. Don't waste your money on this one.
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Not the best book for realistic inspiration for your next interior project.
Very eccentric for my taste and I like living outside of the creative box.

Buy this one after you have all the others on your list.

Nice photography.

The shots with Kelly & her boys seem too staged.

I'm going to return my copy. I don't think I'll ever feel the need to flip through it again.
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Yes, the book is certainly colorful. If that's all you're looking for, you could buy a Pantene color book. If you're looking for interiors that aren't patently ridiculous, look elsewhere. I'm amazed that Ms. Wearstler finds clients who buy off on her design schemes, as they seem designed for show, not living. But of course we should have been tipped off by the cover of the book that this particular tome is all about Kelly, not about real design. I have actually admired some of her work in the past, but I found nothing in this book that was remotely livable.
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Kelly Wearstler is confident enough in her design ability that she tries to challenge herself with going in new directions pretty often. She has defintely proved with this book and her design work for Viceroys Anguilla and Snowmass that she is not a one-Hollywood Regency-trick pony. She has to be commended for not doing years of the same interiors.

This book is great as an inspiration piece. I have been overwhelmingly inspired by her work. That said, because Kelly's aesthetic is so layered and textured, it would have been great for her to talk about some of the specific treatments. For example, are all of the wallpapers custom? What was her inspiration for the color and design of the wallpapers? What was the overall feel or direction she was going for when designing her house? How did she select the artwork? Are the furniture pieces high and low or all high end (okay, so they are all high end)? It would be great to get inside her head a little bit.

But it seems like most people will probably never have the opportunity to examine her design process with any degree of satisfaction. And I say that only because Kelly Wearstler has turned into a major brand with product extensions all over the place. Brands don't like to be controversial and they don't like to reveal too much about themselves to keep the mystique and fantasy going. I could be wrong, just a feeling.

I mean, sure Kelly's in this book with her kids, but it is all about creating a fantasy of having it all: personal beauty, stunning interiors, great kids, a house that has movie star lineage, an awesome wardrobe, glamour and above all wealth. I think she's very smart and media savvy to do it; her books are basically brochures she gets paid for creating.
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I liked this one! :) Between this one and Dominicilium Decoratus, I think is her best. The latest one, (Rhapsody), is so-so. I have the very 1st one, Modern something, and that's a good one too. When I'm in the mood for a Kelly Wearstler book, I usually go for this one first. Lots of great ideas and colors, (even if you feel, I don't think my home can look like this), at least you can get some bits and pieces of ideas. Overall, I think this was a great buy! I love amazon, otherwise, if I were to get it anywhere else, I probably wouldn't get a big, thick, heavy book like this. :)
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I love leafing through this book when I need a pick-me-up. It's jazzy and bright and unapologetic. I love color and I love this book. I only wish I could replicate the results shown here, but my budget won't allow such grandeur. So I rely on this book to transport me to truly magical places.
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Kelly's book "Hue" is chocked full of beautiful photography of her work, which offers pages and pages of color, textural & interior inspiration. The pages are filled to the brim with photo's and no text, and are organized by color theme. This book is not a "how-to" book with decorating tips but rather a book filled with the brilliant inspiration and beauty of Kelly's work. Overall, it's a wonderful one to add to any library!
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Have we read this book?
No

Does my wife think it looks good on the shelf?
Yes

It is serving its purpose.
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