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A Passion for Interiors: A Private Tour Hardcover – November 9, 2010
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Classical details she loves include: columns & pillars, a mix of period style furniture, canopied and four-poster beds, chinoiserie, large mirrors, chandeliers & sconces, leopard prints, paintings & sculpture, old books, blue & white china, and vibrant jewel colors. If you love these elements, you should enjoy this book. Roehm makes the case that classic design is stylish AND modern. She quotes her art professor: "You have to understand: Picasso could draw as well as Michelangelo." The fact that classic elements have been passed down through the ages to thrive in the present day make them deeply modern. They're timeless.
So what does her combination of classic and modern look like? Her New York apartment radiates glamor. Her aim is a style that is "reassuring rather than intimidating". She wants you to be able to picture Myrna Loy, the 1930's actress, elegantly descending the staircase. However, Roehm claims, "I am as down-home a woman as you're likely to meet--I've cleaned up after more dogs I'll bet than any human being in history--but I do love glamour!" While it's hard to imagine her dogs, who clearly aren't intimidated by classicism, having the complete run of these rooms, you can see her emphasis on comfortable fabric-driven design in her pale blue bedroom and creamy, dreamy guestroom.Read more ›
Now, to the book itself: I have tremendous respect for Ms. Roehm; such talent with an eye for the truly exquisite! However, there were a few things about this book that left me cold. Well, actually, the interiors all seem cold. Not warm or inviting or even very real. Clearly this is not how most of us or really any of us live nor strive to live but it all seems as though I'm looking at some historical museum not a home. I have thoroughly enjoyed most of her previous books and have been endlessly inspired but this particular book, no. Everything about this book screams a strange grandiose perfection. Too much perfection. Another aspect about this book that has me puzzled is the cover. The cover photo is absolutely gorgeous! All of that gleaming red, white and gold is beautifully striking. This cover photo was actually the tipping point for my purchase decision, but wait... it's not even real! Unless I have missed something, this wall is featured in the book but it is white, not red. You just have to love Photoshop.
Still, there are some positive qualities to the book. Loads of colour-rich photographs, it is possible to glean some design ideas and I love the little porcelain flowers she uses throughout her home.
All in all, a very lovely albeit stark, expensive-looking book but just not what I was hoping for.
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Beautiful interiors with lots of info for arranging, selecting co,it's, etc. a beautiful book!Published 2 months ago by Texas girl
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