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Home Swell Home [Hardcover]

Cynthia Rowley , Ilene Rosenzweig
2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Aug. 27 2002
"Sex and the City" meets Martha Stewart in this savvy and eclectic interior-design manifesto for high-flying chicks with nesting fantasies from the authors of the bestselling "Swell: A Girl's Guide to the Good Life."In their first breakthrough style manual, fashion designer Cynthia Rowley and former "New York Times" Sunday Styles editor Ilene Rosenzweig showed girls-on-the-go how to navigate the world with a little swagger and a lot of grace. Now they're taking the "Swell" aesthetic home with this inspiring guide to creating the ultimate dream pad. With more of the friendly tone and wry wit that lit up their first book, they introduce the idea of haute decor: How to make dressing up your home as exciting and accessible as buying a new wardrobe: Making it sexy. Trying new looks. Breaking rules. Mixing retro with modern. Changing with the seasons and your moods.Offering a blueprint for the entire creative process, the two best friends and coauthors take you from inspiration to practical execution. Tour the swell playhouse room by room and see how design daydreams inspired by movies, a Palm Springs vacation, a painting, a favorite dress, or your own personal nostalgia (for the Brady Bunch living room) can become reality.Full of the authors' own anecdotes and wisdom from a pantheon of swell style heroes, "Home Swell Home" has household hints, tips, and bits of history on everything you wish you'd known but never would have thought to ask. Some of the tour highlights ahead: The sixty-minute makeover for whenromantic company's comingA recipe for a four-star dining room(hint: logo-print slip covers)Furniture EMS to resuscitatedoomed hand-me-downsTurning theunderused kitcheninto a day spaWiring "moonlight" into your treesCreate the ultimate sitcom screening roomThree new uses for your coffee table"Paint" the walls with coloredfluorescent lights Get real paint out of your hair!Swinging from uptown decadence to downtown chic, "Home Swell Home" demystifies design, sweeps away snobbery, and shows how any house or apartment can be a place for high-style adventures. So come on in!

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1.0 out of 5 stars Is this for real??? March 11 2004
By A Customer
This book was a disappointment. There is a small handful of good ideas (ie. using frayed denim as a bedskirt, paintng one wall a bright color and the rest of the walls white, hanging hooks on the bedroom wall to hang your outfit for the next day, etc.). However, the remaining totally absurd ideas, the constant suggestions of having a bar/minibar throughout various rooms of the house, the abuse to books (nevermind perhaps reading the books and enrichening oneself), and the flippant suggestions to just have your carpenter come over and do the work made me think the authors are just a bunch of arrogant mindless rich witches most likely on drugs. Not everybody can afford to own a place or hire a carpenter/contractor, especially during these times. The real creativity lies in making something wonderful with little resources. I also did not appreciate the broad generalizations they make and hold as truth, such as stating it is a known fact that people who can cook cannot make a good cup of coffee. Ehhh? I don't think so. This was the most irritating book to read, and I had to force myself to read it through to the end. I really felt like burning it when I finished reading. And I consider myself pretty open-minded.... It's amazing how much crap gets allowed to be published.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time Oct. 31 2003
By niki
This book has dumb dialogue and so few pictures it's a shame to call it a design oriented book. The swell line is adorable and I believed this book to be something that would play off of that. It did not. It had absurd ideas, bland drawing, boring writing, stupid stories and little reference to anything related to interior design or the swell line. DISAPPOINTING. Don't waste any money or time on this book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars cloying and silly Sept. 23 2003
By lulu
theme rooms. Wow, nobody ever did that before. turn your kitchen into a spa with river stones in the sink! (even the themes they chose for the rooms aren't clever or even funny, they're just silly and childish.) Not only is this repetitive, unoriginal book overpriced, but they're selling a whole line of home items to go with it. As for the reviewer who said a person can get their own ideas by reading this, if you can't come up with better than this simply by recombining ideas from t.v., movies, and other decorating books, then there's no hope for you.
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2.0 out of 5 stars not so great July 19 2003
By A Customer
I was expecting more. For some reason I felt like this book would be more exciting and have better information. I was dissappointed. There is a book called Super Suite for teens that I really loved and they were positioned right next to each other in my book store. I opted for the teen book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Swell! July 2 2003
By A Customer
This book was so much more fun to read than any other (home/interior). It gave me ideas true to teen spirit and inspired ideas true to ME. Much better than the original Swell book, the contents were organized well and practical tips for decorating were scattered throughout the book to keep away boredom. Not for people really into crafty home decorating though-although it may give new perspective.
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1.0 out of 5 stars YUK May 28 2003
I should have read the reviews before I bought this. It comes off as trite (no new ideas here) and more than a little tacky and cheap in tone. And the authors, if one can call them that, come off as snooty and self-satisfied. Sounds like a snooty little book for Yuppies in the 1980s -- definitely not the right book for TODAY. There are so many great decorating books out there. This is NOT one of them. I wasted my money.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I had expected more inspiration and fun than this March 3 2003
I thought this book would be more inspiring and have more new ideas than than it turned out to have. Its philosophy and its ideas are no different than a lot of the decorating books and magazines I already own. (Do your own thing? Gee, I never heard that one before....) The book is kinda thin too. It's sort of a magazine more than a book and not worth the money.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A .... Feb. 20 2003
This book doesn't contain very many pages. It also doesn't contain very many ideas. The ideas the book does have are old hat. And who are Cynthia Rowly and Irene Rozenweig?
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