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Simple Home: Calm Spaces for Comfortable Living Hardcover – October 1, 2009

3.7 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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About the Author

Debi Treloar is originally from Zimbabwe but now lives in London with her husband and two young sons. Her photographs of food and interiors are much sought after by prestigious magazines such asHomes & Gardens,Red, andCountry Living. She has photographed many books for Ryland Peters & Small, Inc, includingEat Drink Live,Children's Spaces, andMy Baby's Journal.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Ryland Peters & Small (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184597915X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845979157
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #875,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. M. Keefer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 27, 2010
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If you like simple, understated textured charm, you should enjoy this book. As we're learning to declutter our lives and homes of the non-essential, this book shows you how to design with what you love that's left. The rooms are primarily decorated in tones of white, cream, beige with touches of brown and black and curated with accessories that are authentic. Many folks who like neutral creams/whites want to know how to achieve warm, comfortable and non-sterile rooms--this book illustrates how to achieve these rooms. I found this book a visual and refreshing treat for the eyes.
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Yes, that's the best advice and while simple in a lot of these books also means mannered and posed, it's still good advice as you're looking for your own look and personality in a space. This book is very helpful. But as with all these less is better books along with their touches of recycle and restore, it's difficult to adopt if you already have too much stuff and simply don't know what to do with it all. So I advise this book if you're just starting and have four essentials to your name.
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Paint your walls white and fill your home with useless knick-knacks. "Meaningful" useless knick-knacks, of course. Preferably old and/or handmade, and purchased on your recent vacation in Provence. There – I just saved you twenty dollars. You're welcome. However, if you have a taste for endless pages of overblown, flowery prose (stating the obvious in the most pretentious way possible seems to be standard for this genre), you will not want to miss this. An added bonus – if you happen to be a fan of the word "wonky", this book is in the running for the prize for the most uses of this word in a single volume.
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Simple and clean....gorgeous , calm spaces to enjoy and contemplate, leaving room to think....Personal collections that have meaning and how to display them.

I love Mark and Sally's style....
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I love the photography and the simplicity of style. I am constantly trying to make my life simpler and cleaner in all ways and this book is a great reference tool.
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This book was OK--was expecting a bit more. Would not buy it again. Have purchased a number of design and decorating books on Amazon--it seems that this type of idea is always just a fantsy picture book to look at--which is not a bad thing--just don't expect alot of great ideas that you can use at home!
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The lovely simplicity of the style of the rooms in the book make you feel instantly calm. The clear reuse and repurposing of old items adds charm and dimension to these clutter-free designs.
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