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Nomad: A Global Approach to Interior Style Hardcover – November 23, 2011
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The book is beautiful and hefty. The cover is thick and ornate, and the pages are a pleasure to turn. Beautiful photographs with beautiful lighting illustrate beautiful ideas. This is the kind of book you want to snuggle down with at the end of a long day, in your deepest armchair, with a glass of wine.
The average: I bought it because I live in Japan (the first country featured) and was looking for new ideas. I learned a few new things, but this book is primarily to indulge the senses and not to inform. You won't find explanations of most items featured. So if you want to search on ebay for the Japanese bamboo ladle pictured on page 56, you had better already know that it is a bamboo ladle used in tea ceremony. As another reviewer mentioned, the book reads like Sibella Court's travel diary. If the navel-gazing becomes too much, you can just skip the text (there's not much) and enjoy the eye candy.
The bad: Unfortunately, the 4th country profiled is Syria. I'm going to guess this is just very unfortunate timing and that the book was already well on its way to being published before the uprising. The chapter is well-photographed and fascinating, but definitely uncomfortable to read in light of current events. Hopefully, in a few years time, there will have been a happy ending and readers will be able to follow her travels there. There is also some awkwardness with her romanticized views of these countries ("I have had a longtime love affair with the romantic side of colonialism...", etc). Obviously, this is a book on design and not history, but her failure to even hint at the problematic caused a bit of squirming. On my part, at least.
"warmed over" version of them, as offered by some reviewers. I was not expecting some kind of ultra-practical Design Manual from her -- I think she has built her brand on her role as an inveterate collector, gatherer, "a person who notices", and uber stylist/stager of Great Stuff. The writing style is,
alas, a bit off-hand and spontaneous -- but text is hardly the point with a book like this. To me, the strength of this book is......Once you look through it, you will be reminded of the joys of travel, and how wonderful it is to spend some time in a different culture and hit the "Refresh" button. Her solutions for decor and staging are about bringing things out of the drawers, placing them around in new fresh ways, and then re-vamping and re-imagining it on a regular basis. This book isn't for people who feel they need to follow a Manual for decorating -- but I would recommend it to creative people who want to live in a home that has verve, individuality and authentic vibrancy. (In addition, I really thought the production aspect of the book was excellent with more-than-usual care given to page design, paper stock, embossed covers, etc. A treat for the eyes.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have another of her books, and I will say that they are both okay. They did not give me the inspiration for art and interior design that I suppose I was looking for, nor have I... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Livia's Garden
I love this book. Its gorgeous and filled with lovely photos just perfect for inspiration.Published 17 months ago by Amelia Wood
Overhyped. Pretty pictures but not that great. Look through it once and pass it on. I believe she collects the overpriced items the Anthropoligy (Sp) store sells. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jenny St Clair
Really enjoy her books, their textures, their photos, her ideas, I have both her boos, Etc... and Nomad, can't get enough.Published on February 13, 2014 by Betsy
WONDERFUL BOOK ON SUCH A DIFFERENT TYPE OF HOME DECORATING. IF YOU TRAVEL AND LIKE WORLD STYLES THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU!Published on June 5, 2013 by Loretta F. Waggoner
A gorgeous book with beautiful photos, it's like a worldwide trip in your armchair, if you have access to some eclectic shopping this will give you good ideasPublished on May 17, 2013 by Chicago Gal