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Windsor Smith Homefront: Design for Modern Living

Mixing glamour with modern practicality, interior designer Windsor Smith’s first book celebrates her elegant, comfortable style. Windsor Smith’s aesthetic was once described as "unbuttoned elegance, like a taffeta dress worn with bare feet." In her first book, Smith—a traditionalist who likes to realize classic themes in a new way—shares her fresh vision for modern life. Each chapter reflects one of her unique philosophies for creating beautiful, livable spaces, expressed through the homes she designs. Themes include how to bring balance—an essential ingredient to a beautiful, functional home—into rooms and spaces, as well as how to successfully combine new belongings with treasures from the past to create homes that reflect where we have come from, as well as where we wish to go. Whether it is repurposing a neglected dining room or expanding the role of the kitchen, Windsor Smith Homefront will guide readers to reclaiming their home’s best spaces and remaking them to suit a modern life.

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #273033 in Books
  • Published on: 2015-04-07
  • Released on: 2015-04-07
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 12.30" h x 1.10" w x 9.40" l, 1.25 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 256 pages

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful.
20 shades of gray.
By Designbooklover
A bit of a one note wonder. Shots seem very staged for impact but not about real design. Backgrounds are dramatic but all the same scheme.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
By Jenny G
I debated whether to rate this book as 5 stars or 4. Eventually the beautiful photos and the inspiring text won.

The main problem with this book is that for all of her talk about making rooms usable spaces the photos feel staged and not so usable. Several times I noticed a beautiful room with occasional tables too far away so that they wouldn't be usable for whoever was sitting there. There was one room where she mentioned the piano was moved to the center of the room so that the room might be used more but I failed to understand how having a sofa placed so you are sitting staring at the piano would make me want to go in the room and sit there.

These are just a few examples but I enjoyed reading her text and the photos are scrumptious

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
Beautiful Book
By Devdac
Great design work! It took me a long time to purchase this book since I'm not a fan of traditional design. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Windsor Smith's design work, while generally traditional, has a modern element. I could actually see myself being happy living in some of these homes, even though I prefer modern design. The book itself is very well made with large clear photographs and heavy, high quality paper. I'm very pleased with this purchase.

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