Monday, March 9, 2015

Ganz Schoen Pastell

A book review.

Ganz Schoen Pastell is a German title of a book on interior decoration which originally was published under the name Pretty Pastel Style in 2013. I bought it last year in Aachen. The authors are Selina Lake and Joanna Simmons, the photographs were made by Catherine Gratwicke.

As its name says, the book deals with decorating your house in pastel colours, and it is divided into three parts. Part 1 gives examples of how pastels can fit with different styles, such as modern, vintage, minimalistic and so on.

Example of Pastel Vintage:

Part 2 discusses such things as the choice of furniture and accessories, the fabrics, the lighting and how you can combine all these details into one whole.

In Part 3 the reader is taken through different parts of the house, with suggestions for every room: kitchen, living room, bedroom, home office, bathroom, children´s room and finally the garden:

Some of the pictures were taken in private people´s houses while others were staged specially for the purposes of giving an example of a certain style. The book provides links to the blogs and websites of the individuals and businesses featured in it (though some of them disappeared or were deleted). Most were/are Scandinavians which is not surprising when we consider how popular Scandinavian style in interior decoration is nowadays.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and it gave me some nice ideas on changing things in my own house. The photographs are great and the text is down to the point. The only two drawbacks were the book´s price (it was quite expensive) and the fact that I had to deal with the German edition of it and my German is not so good, though I could read it.

I could recommend this book to everyone interested in modern trends in interior decorating.

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