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									An Affair with a House review

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                       Product Description-An Affair with a House
      For 28 years the world-renowned interior designer Bunny Williams has been involved in a passionate love affair with
an18th-century New England manor house that she found in sad repair. From the moment she walked up the driveway and her
    palms began to perspire, Williams knew she wanted the affair to last forever. In her sumptuous new book, An Affair with a
House, the venerable decorator describes in detail how she and her husband, antiques dealer John Rosselli, rescued, nurtured,
    renovated, and decorated the well-worn house, giving it new life as they restored each room, resurrected the abandoned
gardens, and filled this weekend home with family and friends. Through photographs, anecdotes, how-tos, and recipes, Williams
    provides a rare inside look at a top decorator's retreat and explains how she approached the joys, pleasures, challenges,
 obstacles, and day-to-day realities of creating a beautiful, comfortable country home. An Affair with a House provides a wealth
 of advice on interior decor and such topics as mixing design styles, but it also addresses such practical matters as stocking the
    pantry and outfitting the linen closet. Beautiful photographs of the house, the gardens, and the property's rustic structures
       provide an intimate glimpse of the couple's lifestyle and illustrate a way of life we can all appreciate and learn from.

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Customer Reviews:
132 of 136 people found the following review helpful A Must Have for Every Coffee Table, October 8, 2005 By Foodie NYC
(New York, New York, USA)
This review is from: An Affair with a House (Hardcover) If you love home decorating and interior design, this is a must read.
Filled with wonderful anecdotes and useful tips on decorating any room in the house (there are even recipes for entertaining out
of town guests), this visually stunning book deserves a place on every coffee table. Ms. Williams shares her decorating
expertise with readers while taking them on a tour of her magnificent country house. Along the way, we learn everything from
setting the perfect table, hanging art on the wall, arranging flowers, the art of placement, and where to find the best antiques
and other furniture finds. This is a book you can read over and over again.

95 of 97 people found the following review helpful

Many Dimensions of Excellence, December 31, 2005 By Andrew Schonbek (New York)
    This review is from: An Affair with a House (Hardcover) "I am not sure if I believe in destiny, but I do know that after years of
looking for a house, my palms began to perspire as I turned onto a tree-lined driveway in a small New England village." This is
the beginning of a beautiful tale that grows in the telling, as Bunny Williams invites the reader into a creative journey that is
uncommonly rich, deep, and satisfying.The author has in fact woven a number of story lines together into a seamless fabric of
exceptional beauty. Each chapter begins with a piece of the actual love story - the room by room accounting of how Williams
transformed a dilapidated 18th century manor house and the property on which it stands into a masterpiece of surpassing
elegance and style. This is followed by a photographic exploration of each area in which every image is a composition that
would stand on its own as fine art. Captions to the illustrations are instructive and helpful without deconstructing the harmony of
the spaces that Williams has...
34 of 34 people found the following review helpful

A sumptuous book, February 6, 2006 By W. Oliver (Alabama)
      This review is from: An Affair with a House (Hardcover) This lavish book is a document of the author's 30-year restoration
of her sprawling 18th century country house in Connecticut, complete with a guest barn, pool house and aviary. While many of
us don't have the access or funds for beautiful antiques or a head gardener, Williams is refreshingly unpretentious. She wisely
took her time, taking each room in her home at a time, lovingly creating rooms with vibrant color and immense charm.
Outstanding photography and design make this a book to savor and return to again and again for inspiration. In addition to the
outstanding photographs, there are recipes, advice on living with dogs, and integrating exotic plants into the garden.

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