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 Naturally Modern: Creating Interiors with Wood, Leather, Stone, and Natural Fabrics A style book, a wish book, and a practical how-to guide to creating handsome and functional interiors, Naturally Modern offers a fresh approach to decorating with natural materials, including wood, leather, stone, and textiles like cotton, linen, and wool.

In a world dominated by technology, nature's raw materials are back in fashion0and with them a taste for interiors that minimize clutter and accentuate sensual appeal. Design writer Ros Byam Shaw offers a wealth of useful and inspirational decorating ideas to help the reader bring the colors and textures of nature into the home. As illustrated in some 250 photographs of contemporary American, European, and Asian rooms, natural materials bring a warmth and intimacy to both country and city dwellings-and a look that will wear beyond the vagaries of fashion.

With its emphasis on simplicity, durability, and comfort, this is an interior design manual perfectly suited to today's lifestyles.

ROS BYAM SHAW is a former features editor of World of Interiors. She is now a freelance journalist and writes on design and interiors for Country Life, House & Garden, and various other publications. She lives in London.

ANDREW WOOD specializes in interior and fashion photography.

  Date Published 11/1/2000

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A fantastic book. Provides lots of information of the various materials and textures and information on how the materials are processed and how to maintain them. Features unique products and accessories like calfskin chessboard and leather tiles.

Rated By: "secrethalo"
From: Springfield, VA
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Comments: Brings out the nature lover in all of us
This books explores ways in which we can substitute man-made materials for those that are found in nature, offering the reasons why nature is almost alwasy best. The book is aimed towards a contemporary design oriented audience, but the ideas can be adjusted to fit most decors. Beautifully photographed and well written, this book is a great addition to any design library.
Rated By: Midwest Book Review
From: Oregon, WI
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Comments: Highly recommended reading for the novice homeowner
Naturally Modern: Creating Interiors With Wood, Leather, Stone, And Natural Fabrics is a practical how-to guide for creating handsome, functional home interiors using natural materials including wood, leather, stone, as well as textiles such as cotton, linen, and wool. Design writer Ros Shaw's "reader friendly", informative, and occasionally inspiring text is enhanced with 250 photographs of contemporary American, European, and Asian rooms that offer concepts and appearances that are beyond the vagaries of short-term fads and transient fashions. Highly recommended reading for the novice homeowner as well as the experienced interior designer, Naturally Modern is a welcome and invaluable contribution to any personal, professional, and community library interior design reference book collection.
Rated By: Andie Lynn "modern style girl"
From: Chicago,IL
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Comments: Good book for information on natural materials
This book is helpful if you want to know how to use and care for natural materials in and oustside the home. There were some good photos featuring modern interiors but not very many photos relating to modern retro, as I had hoped for. I would recomend this book to anyone wanting ideas on using different types of natural materials for their home.