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Thursday, 4 November 2010

Book Review: Romantic Style

After reading this wonderful interview with Selina Lake I couldn't wait to delve into her new book, Romantic Style, and immerse myself in a world of all things delicate and vintage. Written by Sara Norrman and photographed by Debi Treloar, it's no surprise that Ryland, Peters & Small's latest offering is a visual treat. Although, in all honesty, I was taken by surprise. Not due to a lack of talent by all those involved, far from it, but because I didn't think I would relate to the decorating style. How wrong I was! 

Split into three sections - Romantic Inspirations, Styling and Rooms - the book won me over with every page turn. Selina's relaxed styling and Sara's inspiring copy had me engrossed from the outset, not to mention Debi's spot-on photography. I think what appealed most was the abundant use of colour throughout; I had expected it to be shot mainly in white-washed rooms but, pleasingly, I found myself inspired to work the look into modern, colourful schemes. It will come as no surprise then, that my favourite section was Romantic Modern, where Selina makes it easy to see how a romantic style can soften a modern space. It's also worth mentioning that the details chapters on creating a romantic look with flowers, fabrics and lighting is hugely insightful. Romantic Style is a smashing book that inspires well beyond the turn of the final page.
Romantic Style by Selina Lake & Sara Norrman | Book photography by Debi Treloar | Published by Ryland, Peters & Small to whom all copyright belongs

19 comments:

  1. I love romantic style! All the colours make for extremely pretty rooms. Will have to check out this book! Thanks Will x

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  2. Very fun and romantic and girly! Love it!

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  3. OMG OMG OMG love all this. I really want to dive into all of those images! Those pillows?? Debi Treolar really rocks my universe. I love her.

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  4. I am not much of a romantic person myself (or so I thought!), but I can see why you had to sit up straight when you came face to face with these images. Lots of inspiration here. And many different takes on Romantic.

    Lovely presentation as always.

    Hugs from Seattle,

    Mon

    http://www.splendidwillow.com

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  5. I better phone my friend Mr. Amazon a.s.a.p. ;-)

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  6. love LOVE! I adore Selina for a while now and know how fab is Debi Treloar, so undoubtedly this book is a must! gorgeous, Will!

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  7. Completely agree with you Will - i would never say romatic was my style but this is really right up my street!

    Those flowers, those hot pink chairs, that turquoise lamp and that white cream leather pouffe - To die for!

    I. WANT. IT. ALL!

    Rachie xo

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  8. Oh wow - it actually seems to be a lovely modern take on it all. Not my style at all, but I'm swooning over some of your images!
    xLou

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  9. Loving the idea of romantic touches added to modern spaces...good thing always happen in the mix for me!

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  10. Great post, Will. Those images are gorgeous - I'd love to live in rooms like that!

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  11. I like the two different chandeliers over the diningroom. so neat and different...

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  12. Romantic interiors but colorful, too! Such a great mix of style...

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  13. What fun flirty colorful rooms!

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  14. i LOVE LOVE LOVE this. you know its perfect for me...

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  15. What a great review Will - always love Selina's confident bohemian style and unabashed femininity (and use of colour, of course!)

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  16. At first I wasn't sure about this book but once I saw those neon pink dining chairs I was sold!

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  17. I'm so pleased you enjoyed the review. If you buy a copy do stop by and let me know what you thought - I loved it!

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  18. Really love all the posts you offer! I am so looking forward to seeing more like them…..
    Thanks

    Asian Stationary

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