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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Atria (Aug. 27 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743442776
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743442770
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.3 x 24 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 553 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,339,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on March 11 2004
Format: Hardcover
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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By A Customer on Jan. 30 2003
Format: Hardcover
This makes a cute gift. It's colorful and fun (like other "Swell") items, and a cute concept. It's a quick and sometimes humorous read. However, I found the prose a bit forced, i.e. trying too hard to be "zany" and "edgy," and the contents seemed a bit random. To me, it read like a book that was just cranked out by the authors due to publishing pressure (following the success of their original book). The authors even mention a couple instances in the book where they were trying to find inspiration in order to finish certain sections, and there are a few editing errors (typos, grammar). The authors also make several references to alcohol/bars/hangovers, which I found a bit odd (due to the # of times)... Maybe I'm just getting old (38). This book would likely be best for gals seeking ideas for college dorm room or first apartment, etc. Not so good for someone looking for more realistic/mature (albeit fun) home decorating inspiration. In sum, I liked the pretty cover more than the contents. [Note: Check out Target for the new line of "Swell" home dec items designed by these authors--colorful, very fun, reasonably priced--the design aspect is really these ladies' forte.]
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By Terible Teri on Sept. 22 2002
Format: Hardcover
I actually had put this book on my wish list before it had come out - but decided to check it out at the bookstore before ordering on Amazon. First off you'll notice the book is thin, at only 192 pages, and remember that includes the intro, index, and bibliography, etc. Keep in mind that this is not coffee table sized hardcover either, but around 9 X 7. There are also no real pictures (save for one of the two writers/designers on the last page). A decorating book with no pictures? There are illustrations, but c'mon, we're not talking detailed images or even very imaginative ideas. I kept on going back to the table of contents thinking that I must have missed something, that they were somehow hidding pictures, or projects, or different colour schemes or anything, but alas no. If you're really looking for a swell guide to designing your digs this is surely not it. I'm pretty sure I wrote something like this book a few years back for a college 'zine. Trying for a groovy 'It' girl look? try checking out my lists, or check out design books by period, get a feel for your style, which designers you like, which period you like. If your interested in this book, i'd put the time periods around 1940s and on.
PS for some kooky rooms but great projects check out Pad: The Guide to Ultra-Living -- by Matt Maranian.
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Format: Hardcover
These two Swell-villistas definately took their fun loving spirit from "Swell: a girl's guide to the good life" and placed it back into this new "girl's guide" But don't be fooled, it's not just for chicks. My manly-man buds LOVE this book almost as much as I do.
This book is FILLED with room ideas that can fit even my budget. Not only that, but their room/decorating/living ideas are NOT ANYTHING LIKE all the other "interior decorating" books out there. It's not about a couch in the living room, bed with a (boring) headboard, bathroom with guest towels book. These wonderful feme fatals take the "rules" of decorating the same way they take on life: SHAKEN AND STIRRED with a healthy dash of humor.
anyone who wishes they were a secret agent, rock star, fashionista, or even a rugged outdorsey camper will get what they're looking for in this book. I can't stop reading it (along with the original SWELL).
Oh, and it helped me redecorate as well ;-)
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Format: Hardcover
I love Cynthia Rowley and Ilene Rosenzweig's "Swell" series. I have every edition and must confess that I am a bit of a "Swell" addict. I found "Home Swell Home" really up my alley. I love home design and decorating. I love Cynthia Rowley. And, I love illustration (which is very glorified in the "Swell" series).
This great book is a mix between Martha Stewart (traditional) and modern chic. I find each idea very creative and while some thing's I would never attempt (way too "out-there") but there are many ideas that I have and WOULD do. I love their sense of fun about everything. From throwing a dinner party - to painting a room. It's all done with a sense of style and humor. I really love that and I will always try to bring that into my design and home.
Love the entire "Swell" series and I will continue to follow their work for as long as they do it.
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