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 Pottery Barn Living Rooms (Pottery Barn Design Library) Whether decorating, refining or updating the most lived-in room in the house, Pottery Barn Living Rooms is the essential guide. Drawing on the expertise of the country's leading home funinshings retailer, Pottery Barn Living Rooms offers tips and techniques on style, space, color, lighting and more. Over xxx phtos and detailed diagrams translate personal style to effortless decor.
  Date Published 9/1/2003

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Rated By: J.B. Sloan
From: Michigan
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Comments: Just a catalog
Save your money. The Pottery Barn catalog already has handsome rooms in it. All this book does is put some text with catalog style rooms. Just pick up the catalog and get ideas from it versus buying this book-----that is my advice.
Rated By: Alix Leonard
From: LA, CA
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Comments: I was hoping to see something fresher
I was hoping to see something fresher from Pottery Barn. This is just a continuation of what we find in their catalog pictures.
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Comments: Pottery Barn Living Rooms
This is a nice book with lots of ideas for decorating, arranging furniture, and colors. After reading it, I definately had a better idea of what to do with my own home.
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Comments: Really nice
Saw this book for the first time the other day and just had to get it. I've enjoyed it so much. There are lovely ideas and beautiful photographs. I highly recommend.
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Comments: Living Rooms
With the purchase of our home several months ago, I've been thinking about what to do with our living room - how should I spruce it up and give an updated look without spending tons of money. Not wanting to rush into things, I've looked through many books and magazines, mulling many ideas from paint colors, furniture, how to decorate walls, should the room have a certain theme, etc. While many of the books and magazines had great ideas, none of the ideas felt just right. And then I came upon the Pottery Barn Living Rooms book. WOW! The 'look' that I'd been searching for was now laid out in perfect fashion. This book has helped me to pick colors (for walls and window treatments) and has helped me decorate with things (pictures, vases, etc) that I already had but thought they were outdated and out of style. I love this book. This book has pointed me in the right direction and though I'm still not finished decorating, I have much more of an idea of what I want to do.
Rated By: A reader
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Comments: Wonderful
Goodness gracious, who would have thought that an old trunk I had in the basement could actually be used in my living room? Well, when I saw some of the ideas in this book - decorating with 'throw away' old stuff - re-decorating our great room took on a whole new meaning. Another idea I got from this book was to use an old picture frame over the fireplace (see page 71)...who would have geussed? Anyway, this is an excellent book which shows you how to use 'old stuff' in new ways. Definately a fresh approach...which is refreshing.
Rated By: b.crawford
From: Maryland
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Comments: waste of money
What a waste of money this was. I compared it to the new HGTV Before and After Decorating book I bought at the same time, and I'm sorry I bought this. The photos in this book are what you would expect from Pottery Barn. They are stylish but nothing very new or different and there isn't much information to help me with my own living room. In contrast, the HGTV book has one interesting before and after makeover after another supplemented with lots of information tohelp me redo my own rooms. If you like the pottery barn look, I think you can just get their catalogs and get the same feeling for free instead of buying the pottery barn book.
Rated By: tommie van deusen
From: San Francisco Bay area
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Comments: Boring and dated
Like the Pottery Barn catalogs, this book is boring and dated. The interiors have a depressing overall "brown" look to them also. The timing of the book is also odd because people are into their own style versus catalog style. Overlaying the Pottery Barn look (and it is ONE look) on an entire decorating book wasn't a good idea because there is a sameness of style or approach throughout the book. Get the free catalog instead of wasting your money on this. Companies that sell furniture should probably stay away from trying to create decorating books.
Rated By: Mary Beth Pasteur
From: Vermont
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Comments: Yuk
This has to be one of the most dull, drab decorating books ever. I bought several decorating books recently and shouldn't have gotten this one. It looks like they had a depressed decorator create all their rooms. It also looks too much like their catalogs. I should've known better.
Rated By: A reader
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Comments: many great ideas
A mom on the go with 2 rug rats cruising the house, I don't have much time for anything except keeping my life afloat. SO, its so nice to have an expert like Pottery Barn show you how to make your home look great and to keep things simple! I don't have a great talent for decorating, but I know what I like when I see it. LIVING ROOMS definately connected for me. The book is great; whether it's something simple like arranging pillows on a sofa, creating a nice ambiance through lighting, paint color ideas, or ideas for organizing, this book was very very helpful.
Rated By: A reader
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Comments: Beautiful!
What a fabulous book. Not only is it gorgeous to look at, but it has so many easy, practical ideas. I have always loved the PB style and I now look forward to achieving it in my own home without spending a lot of money. Well worth the purchase!
Rated By: Heather Merton
From: Seattle
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Comments: boring and a ripoff
Maybe I'm being cynical but I just got out college in May and I feel that world is just a big commercial come-on. I looked at this book and wondered why Pottery Barn, which is a company trying to sell me things, thinks it has the knowledge or authority to write a decorating book and ask me to pay for it. The book is majorly boring. I agree with the reviewer who said it was depressing. There are ideas in the book but they almost don't matter because they are presented in context of the narrow prescribed Pottery Barn "look." My friends and I make fun of the "Pottery Barn look" because it's a kind of suburban decorating uniform. If you want interesting new decorating looks, don't buy this.
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Comments: Pottery Barn Living Rooms
Recently purchased this book, and then purchased the other two books, Bathrooms and Bedrooms. These are wonderful books, full of great new ideas. Pottery Barn has always been inspirational, but they take it to a whole new level with these books. I found them really helpful - they took me throught the key concepts in decorating and styling, and I've learned a lot from each of these high-quality books.
Rated By: A reader
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Comments: Old Stuff mixed with new stuff...
I think if you read other reviews of this book, you will find that people either love or hate the pottery barn style. Didn't Friends make fun of this style in one of their episodes? Well, I happen to be one of those people who really likes the pottery barn style. To me, it mixes a lot of old and unique with new, fresh pieces. It also reminds me a lot of IKEA and other ideas found in their catalogues. I did read some of the other comments in the previous reviews and was surprised that some people commented that you could not learn anything from this and just buy the PB catalogues. Hmmm... was I missing something here or did we just not pick up the same book? I felt the PB book was extremely helpful by explaining color palettes (completementary color schemes), lighting schemes, achieving winter, summer, and spring looks all within the same room, and bringing old stuff that you have in your attic or garage into your living areas.
The minute I opened the book, I dogeared at least seven different ideas to use for later - you see, we just bought a brand new house and I have this big, open white box that I have no idea where to start decorating. This book, which IS my style, helped me to focus my ideas and gave me a huge jump-off point for my projects. For instance, just look at the cover of this book and the arrangment of several pictures in black frames on a uniform shelf. I copied that idea for the mantle over my fireplace with five different sized framed pictures I already had, but I had always hung on the walls in a very boring way. It seemed "fresh" to me...

Now, if you like modern, art-deco, and extremely unique living spaces - well, perhaps this book and other PB installments aren't for you. To me, PB reminds me of cozy, chic cottage style that is popular among Young Urbans. I'm in my late twenties, a mom of two young children with a large suburban house to decorate - it's my style.

So good luck and I hope I offered you a direction to go in..

Rated By: A reader
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Comments: A disappointment
If you like the pottery barn style, you don't need a book like this to get it. Unfortunately, I was given this book for my birthday, and I agree with the readers who said it's drab and dull. They could have put all the style ideas in this book into a pamphlet. If you want cookie-cutter style just like your neighbors, buy this. If not, keep looking for a decorating book that offers more originality and spark. This one's a dud.
Rated By: A.K. Brezinsky
From: Long Island, NY
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Comments: Drab and colorless
What's up with the lack of color in this book? It looks so drab and colorless. Brown, white, black, brown, white black. You'd think they could have been more creative in their photography. I was expecting so much more in terms of ideas and color and freshness, so I was disappointed big-time when I opened up this book.
Rated By: Mervyn Passanante
From: USA
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Comments: A decorating book in black and white?
At first I thought I'd bought a decorating book printed in black and white, but then I discovered that Pottery Barn had simply designed all the rooms without color. What were they thinking? This was a big disappointment.
Rated By: Jennifer Denon
From: Louisville, KY
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Comments: Downright dreary
I fell for it and I'm sorry. I like looking at Pottery Barn catalogs so I thought this book would be interesting. It's not. "Pottery Barn" and "style" don't go together because Pottery Barn sells a canned look whereas style is all about doing your own thing today and not buying into a canned look. Pottery Barn should keep selling furniture and stay out of trying to do decorating books. This one falls flat. It's downright dreary.
Rated By: A reader
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Comments: Lovely
I love this book. This is a all-in-one book and features almost everything I need to make my home beautiful. From colors, to lighting, windows and window treatments, decorating and ideas even for setting ambiance for parties. This book is utilitarian, yet still helps you dream about all the possibilities. My life is very busy, yet this book helps me to make my home relaxing, elegant, and comfortable.
Rated By: jay dow
From: Beverly, MA
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Comments: Great decorating ideas!
I received a copy of the Living Rooms book for Christmas and found it not just great to look at, but full of really useful ideas. I love to change around the furniture in my home, and give the rooms a new look, and this book is full of terrific decorating tips. Unlike lots of other interior design books, which can be a lot of fluff, the text is worth reading and the photos really show you how to make beautiful rooms (without assuming you've got endless time and money.)
I hadn't really considered myself a Pottery Barn fan before, but I certainly am now. I ended up buying the Bathrooms book, too, and it's just as good. I definitely recommend this book!
Rated By: Anna Kasabian
From: Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA
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Comments: Achieving Calm
I think Pottery Barn livingrooms gives clear, memorable design ideas that all point to achieving a sense of calm in your nest. Beyond that they show you how to mix textures, periods and shapes to make your space interesting. And maybe best of all they give us rooms that are nicely edited so that every special detail, or object's qualities can be appreciated. It's a very good guide to good taste.
Rated By: Carvet "carvet"
From: Houston, TX
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Comments: Middle of the road
I have read/used three of the Pottery Barn books listed in order of my opinion of them: Baths, Living Rooms, and Bedrooms. Baths was very good, with beautiful photographs, interesting and innovative ideas, and some useful design advice. Most of the book provided a several page showcase for an individual bath with discussion of what made it special.

Living rooms was OK. It's content was more canned, but it still had some inspiration and enough ideas that were useful that although I would not put it amongst the best such books, it was worth an hour or two to browse.

Bedrooms hit the bottom of the list for me. The content seemed especially canned. The ideas were not fully developed and most of them appeared to me more appropriate to someone's first apartment than an established home (so it just needs the right audience?). Lot's of the pictures involved just using eclectic pieces and did not involve actually developing a decorative theme.
Rated By: Jennifer D. Fletcher "Jen Davie"
From: Washington, DC
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Comments: Pottery Barn Living Rooms (Pottery Barn Design Library)
GREAT book and great series (all the Pottery Barn Design Library books)! I have an interior design background, and this series is the best I've ever read --- great design and storage ideas that are easy to do and the ideas are multi-faceted, so you could use in another room, etc.
Rated By: Mom to Three
From: Richland, WA
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Comments: A Good book for living room design Ideas
I really have enjoyed this book. Though I have not found every page useful, there are enough ideas to make it worth the purchase. The chapters cover many important design aspects in a living room: your style, space, color, texture, furnishings, lighting, windows, storage, accessories and display. Be aware that it is naturally focused to the Pottery Barn style of decorating - which can be somewhat generic. But there are enough inspirational ideas that you can interpret and make them work for you whether you shop at Pottery Barn or not.
Rated By: secan3 "Susan"
From: Iowa
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Comments: Beautiful, Interesting and Helpful
I am rather insecure when it comes to interior design, yet I have the desire to have a beautiful home on a budget. This book helped me not only identify a color palate for my living room, but gave me ideas to easily change the look for the change of seasons. It helped my husband and I create our own casual, yet polished look that we are proud to call home!