Living in Style Without Losing Your Mind

Living in Style Without Losing Your Mind

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Janel Laban
Jul 7, 2008

Based purely on the title, we kinda love this book and feel the a strong desire to read it....now we are just hoping that the rest of the words are as good as the seven on the cover. Judging from the few photos on the Amazon listing and from what we know about its author, we'd say the chances are excellent...

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...that it'll be the case. Passanella is the head of a design firm in NY, teaches design at Parsons and seems firmly rooted in the practical. A few images from the book and ideas from the review/description that convinced us that it is a book we'd enjoy:


Pasanella eschews gimmicky style tips and doesn't believe everyone should adhere to one mode of decorating. "Style is important. A style is not."


Pasanella attempts the nearly impossible: to define style in order to help homeowners understand the difference between the stylish and the merely trendy.

Pasanella shows us, you don't have to have a "look"; rather, great design can be found in many styles and in any house. For your place to look great, he says, you don't need a platinum card or a flair for fabrics. You don't need a degree and you don't need to know how to draw. You only need to know how to see.

We've just ordered our (used - it's out of print) copy and have our fingers crossed that it is as good as it sounds. Anyone out there have this book? Please give us your review - thumbs up or down?


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