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In the Romantic Style: Creating Intimacy,…

In the Romantic Style: Creating Intimacy, Fantasy and Charm in the…

by Linda Chase

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Beautiful photographs of expensive furniture in classy surroundings - California, NY, old English manor houses. I don't like books standing on the floor as decorator's props (cover photograph) even if they are outmoded histories of the Great War; I wouldn't do it to Reader's Digest Condensed Books if I had any. But ... it's a good source of ideas and colour combinations, even though if you had walls as distressed as some of these your friends might think it's because you can't afford to clean them up and re-paint them! ( )
  gibbon | Apr 18, 2006 |
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Less a single visual approach than an attitude toward design, the romantic style satisfies our desire for rooms that we and those we love will find pleasurable. Homes decorated in the romantic style range from delightfully casual disorder to elaborate stagings of domestic theater. Whether whimsically enchanted or elegantly restrained, they beckon with the promise of comfort. Warmly lit and dressed in alluring fabrics, they soothe the spirit and tantalize the eye.

Unconventional, unrestricted by tradition, and not limited to one historical period or particular geography, the romantic style draws upon many varied tastes and cultural influences. It marries, for example, the femininity of Victorian fashion with the charm of country French or the glamour of Art Deco with the exoticism of the Orient.

In the Romantic Style shows how to transform simple, everyday rooms into objects of desire and how, even without an aristocratic purse, it is possible to make romantic rooms out of majestic dreams. It explores the history of romantic design and describes in informative detail how curtains can soften an interior, details can entice the eye, and finishes can make rooms more seductive.

Laura Cerwinske writes, edits, and produces books on architecture, interior design, and the fine and decorative arts. She is the author of, among other books, Russian Imperial Style and In a Spiritual Style, and is the coauthor of In Your Own Style.

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