Thursday, July 20, 2006

An Affair With A House by Bunny Williams

I admit, I only skimmed this book. It's full of sumptuous pictures of this glorious house (with lots of outbuildings) in New England. I was trying to read it in bed, but it's a really large, heavy coffee-table book, so that didn't work out so well. The style of decoration was also not really for me -- it was very ornate, the rooms were filled with lots of stuff, and most of it didn't look like anyone actually sat on it or used it. I must admit that I did spend some time peering at the pictures in which the author's bookshelves were shown. I love seeing what's on other people's bookshelves. I'm not the only one, apparently... there is an entire Bookshelf Project on Flickr!

Who lives like this? I wondered to myself, as I paged through the author's discussion of her decorating scheme for the house, guest house, barn, pool house, formal garden, kitchen garden, etc. When I finished the book, I felt a bit guilty, like I'd just been caught looking at decorating porn. Then I read an article in a news magazine about the ongoing conflict in the Middle East. Talk about the dichotomy between haves and have-nots!

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