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Posted September 6, 2001
As a historical resource on nearly every physical detail of Victorian interior decoration, this book is wonderful. As a resource for restoring Victorian homes, it is a little ponderous. The authors go into GREAT detail reporting on what period critics had to say about interior decoration. It's entertaining, as most of the critics seemed to be very literate (and opinionated - necessarily, I suppose), and made no secret of their disdain for 'inferior' styles. Some of the details on how styles of carpet were made and how much they cost were mildly interesting, but too much for this reader. The book documents very well how styles changed over the years, but would have benefited from a short summary of each period - what was in, what was out, etc. Also, more examples and even hand-drawn or -colored illustrations would have been very helpful, as it is hard for some of us to picture how a list of colors (of which there were many laid down by the style police of the day) would look together. Very informative as a historical background book, and a must-have for interior Victorian decoration research.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.