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Open Your Eyes: 1,000 Simple Ways To Bring Beauty Into Your Home And Life Each Day Hardcover – November 18, 1998
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From Publishers Weekly
"Seeing well," suggests noted interior designer Stoddard (The Decoration of Houses) in her 20th book, "transforms mere existence into the art of living." The six chapters that comprise her substantive guide to creating a beautiful home environment examine such concepts as order and balance, applying them to the arrangement of everyday surroundings. Often mining personal experience, Stoddard's appealing first-person approach to making one's home a harmonious and restorative setting focuses more on aesthetics than on period furniture or flooring materials; this is as much a training manual for observing one's surroundings?and one's response to them?as it is a book of design principles. Stoddard discusses these principles?such as proportion and scale, symmetry and depth, form and composition?and demonstrates how they can be translated into the language of furnishings, window treatments and picture arranging. Despite the annoying distractions of aphorisms (from Plato, Kant and Joseph Campbell, for example) on nearly every page and Stoddard's tiresome tendency toward injunction (Become a Critic; Be Highly Opinionated), the foundation of classic interior design is clearly laid out on these pages. Photos not seen by PW. Author tour.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
The much-published interior designer Stoddard gives her view on how to design a comfortable, beautiful home. She covers the basic areas that designers consider when planning interiors: scale, balance, pattern, and composition. As she discusses each, she gives specific tips on how to look at the home and remedy troublesome areas. Although this book gives practical decorating information, there are not enough pictures to illustrate her advice, so sometimes her message gets lost. Purchase if there is a demand for her books.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top customer reviews
The book is also wordy and too long half way thru. I felt bogged down for at least two hours of reading in endless, meaningless words telling me to see, see, see and how to do things that will help me learn, learn learn to see, see, see. As you can see, that does get irritating after a while. If it bothers you, skim that part. Once that was over, there were more useful design principles.
It's true some of her tips are twee, cluttered or too much darn work (ironing things so you can see them better!). It's also true she lives in a world where she takes for granted precious antiques and Ming vases.
But you'll extract from it an understanding of the why of it-- why some things look and feel delightful and other things jar. I believe it will save you at least a little money on mistakes. The illustrations are line drawings, so save money and buy it on kindle. Was it worth reading, irritations and all? Yes.