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Creative Walls: How to Display and Enjoy Your Treasured Collections Hardcover – Mar 10 2011


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Cico Books (March 10 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907563156
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907563157
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 20.3 x 24.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 921 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #116,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Geraldine James started her career in fashion as a contemporary designer buyer, and from fashion she moved to home and gift. Geraldine soon developed a passion for collecting and finding the most unusual and beautiful things. She now works as a home buying manager at Selfridges and, as part of her role, spends time travelling extensively to find exciting new products for the store. The author is based in London, UK.

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I love it, I have a wall shortage and every inch counts for my antique chickens in the kitchen and endangered species in the living room, Even the mud room will have to become over flow chicken spare, but now with confidence and style.
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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful
A Whole Lot of Nothing March 14 2011
By Dora - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am disappointed in this book because the ideas presented are limited and repetitive. The book has a bizarre focus on antlers and taxidermy! Based on the description, I was looking for ideas on how to display various collections of crafts and artifacts, but it seems like this thick book shows the same few images over and over again. It really only has enough content for a magazine spread rather than a full-length book.The text is unhelpful, merely a pep talk without technical details. I like the free-wheeling, be yourself attitude, but I need more specific ideas.
34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Inspiring! More Anthro than Pottery Barn. April 5 2011
By Brandi Hyde - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book snapped me out of a rut. I have been feeling bored with my home, and every magazine seems to have the same white kitchen, over and over, and framed botanical prints. BORING!

"Creative Walls" made me want to collect some crazy thing and stick it on my walls, just because. The look is bohemian and eclectic. While the style has a certain leaning to natural elements (yes, including taxidermy), it feels more new and fresh than anything else I've seen.

The author does have a distinct style; there is a cohesiveness through the pages that some will love and some will hate. However, the approach could be adapted to any style; you may find a new way to freshen a modern country decor (like mine) or make a spare modern space feel more homey without being outdated.

A caveat: They are starting with AMAZING spaces. If you live in a suburban subdivision with normal sheetrock and "builder beige," you could copy something straight out of this book and never get the same effect. Almost every room has aged plaster with gorgeous patina, and tremendous architectural interest. Um, hard to go wrong there. You could hang a Beatles poster in a room like these and it would seem artful.

Also, note that the subtitle refers to "your treasured collections." This book made me wish I collected something! It will be most useful if you already have a collection you wish to display in an uneexpected manner. If not, maybe you'll find some ideas of things you might like to collect.

If you are looking to add to your walls, and you are bored by what most mainstream media offers, and perhaps a bit more inspired by an Anthropologie catalog than Pottery Barn, this book is for you.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Great fun! March 25 2011
By Ella Kwint - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This volume contains luscious photos of out of the ordinary living spaces. It's less 'how-to' and more 'why not?!' We see our walls every single day; why shouldn't they say something about us in the process?

If souless interior design books full of color wheel suggestions, proportion advice, and staid, predictible arrangements is more what you're after, definitely skip this. (Not that there's anything wrong with that, per se, but this book just oozes soul...which typically is only found within people who aren't afraid of odd collections and a wee bit of junk littered amongst their heirlooms.) I may be a bit Type A, all more the reason my home shouldn't be! This book is intended for the person needing inspiration or confirmation their no rules style is perfectly acceptable, if not highly appealing. If you need help determining how to get started with a very specific look or theme, or how to affix wall hangers on dusty artwork, this will not prove helpful.

This title proudly mingles with my other current favorites, "etc." by Court, "A Perfectly Kept House is the Sign of a Misspent Life" by Randolph Carter, and " The Way We Live With The Things We Love" by Cliff. If you're familiar with any of these, you will enjoy "Creative Walls". It's the Queen of England meets a yard sale. And as another reviewer stated, it's all eye candy to me!

ETA: those with a keen eye will notice Amazon has listed this as a 9-12 reading level book. While this does include kid and teen rooms, this is definitely a typo! Some sophisicated children would certainly eat this right up and in the loosest terms this is indeed a picture book, but wish Amaon or the pulisher would correct it as it did initially throw me off, lol!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Wanted to love it June 4 2011
By K. Waldron - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I wanted to love this book, but I echo a previous reviewer who described it as repetitive. There are many, many shots from the same home, with the same themes and the same general ideas. And I love taxidermy, steam-punk, and the aesthetic of the spaces here, so it's not a difference of taste that drove my boredom. There are simply too many pictures of similar spaces and ideas. And, this may also have been said, but the text is printed in a very distracting font. Plus, the text doesn't add much content anyway. I wish I had borrowed this book from a friend to breeze through, because even though I don't find it a great addition to my library it is an interesting look-through. I admire the style of the designer and I do love that she's encouraging a more creative approach to art displays. I just wish there had been more content, really.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Terrific ideas! March 24 2011
By Laura Bigbee-fott - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book and would have paid full price for it if I'd had to. I'm not looking for technical details, as the other reviewer. There are plenty of how-to columns on the web for that sort of information. What I LOVE about this book is the pure bohemian eye-candy photography. It is inspiration for those of us who don't have traditional homes. I live in a log house but really dislike the planned country look. This book gave me so many ideas about how to make this house my own and not be afraid of doing my own thing. I highly recommend this book!

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