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on November 17, 2010
I really love his work in his other book (The Elements of Style) but here everything's a crashing bore, and the image quality isn't very pretty. I was very surprised to find myself not into it at all while going through the pages and also realizing that not even one room stood out. I also have no interest in looking through this book again, unlike his other book, which I revisit regularly.

I'd check it out in a brick and mortar store before buying it -- unless you want a book to put you to sleep before bed. :)
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on March 3, 2009
An excellent second effort from the designer to the super rich. Smith has exquisite taste and clearly a connoisseur's eye. The designer's own written text gives one good insight into the interior designer's inspirations and jumping off points for his interior schemes. The photography is splendid. A must for any design follower who relishes the English country house ideal as freshened by a young American.
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on March 14, 2016
Excellent
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on February 18, 2013
Love all of Michael Smith's book, especially this one - fabulous interiors and stories as well. Cannot wait for his next book which will be published next month.
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on April 3, 2009
Not nearly as good as his first book "Elements of Style". Although I am a big fan of Michael and his work (he is one of the most talented designers), the photos were horrendous, they all appeared yellowish and not all that clear. I did enjoy the text; Michael has a way with words and expresses himself with precision and humor.
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on January 14, 2009
Its not as good as Michael Smith's previous book "Elements of Style". The houses presented are predictable and all appear to have a similar style, and this book seems to promote Smith as a decorator (through future projects like the Majorca house)and dealing with his life history and his motivations (which he is still too young for)instead of giving the reader information and ilustrations on different solutions and approaches of interior design. After having read "Elements of Style", this book is weak, boring, and a let down.
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