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Romantic Style by Selina Lake + Sara Norrman

November 23, 2010

I’ve been wanting to review this book ever since it released but between traveling, teaching online and off, moving, working on my own book — there hasn’t been a lot of time for me to sit down and read the book and then pull together a proper review! Today I vowed to write one, even though it’s not as thorough as I would have liked — for a simple reason: I adore Selina’s latest book, Romantic Style, and I want to show my support. Selina did a fantastic job on this title and I feel like shouting it from the rooftops, I am proud of her and her accomplishments. I also just-so-happen to love her photographer Debi Treloar because she and I worked together this year to shoot Decorate and Debi is a real gem. Anything Debi does, it comes out so, so nice. And so, this book review is to celebrate Selina’s new book and to give a high five to her great photographer, Debi and fantastic writer, Sara Norrman!

Romantic Style by Selina Lake + Sara Norrman

Romantic Style is a beautiful book published by Ryland Peters & Small with luscious images, lots of them full bleed (which I love), and I really liked how Selina groups Romantic Style into specific categories because I’ve not seen that done really before. Usually people just call Romantic Style, “Frilly, girly, sweet, pink Shabby Chic”, when really there are many different types of ways to bring Romantic Style into the home without buying a big white slipcovered sofa and a worn chippy sofa table! Of course, that is what most people associate with Romantic decor, but Selina was clever enough to show Romantic Style in many different ways through her styling work, Debi captured it perfectly with her camera, and the text which was written by Sara Norrman, supported the visuals so well. With every paragraph I found myself wagging my head in agreement as the imagery around the text fit so expertly. I love how well Sara captured Selina’s vision, it is a joy to read.

Romantic Style by Selina Lake + Sara Norrman

Romantic Style by Selina Lake + Sara Norrman

And so, with that, I encourage you dear readers to take a look at Romantic Style online (a sneak peek can be found here) which is also the decor8 book of the week. If you already have a copy, please tell me what you think (Selina will be reading your comments, too!) because I’d love to know what you thought about the book overall. If you don’t already own it, you can purchase it online at Amazon — if you’d like to order through me (I am an Amazon affiliate) you can click here and if you purchase the book 6% of the total sale goes to me so I can keep buying beautiful books to review on decor8. Fun stuff!

(images: ryland peters and small – photography by debi treloar.)


  • Reply Georgianna Lane November 23, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Wonderful review, Holly! Yes, I purchased my copy of Romantic Style from Amazon in September and I simply adore this book! Every page is a visual feast – Selina has translated her styling vision into a gorgeous book to delight in and refer to again and again. As you mention, the photography is sublime and the writing insightful. I loved seeing all the different ways – many of them simple but very effective – to incorporate this style into any decor. I not only recommend it but think it’s a vital addition to any design library. Thanks again for this review and congratulations to Selina!


  • Reply susan November 23, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Selina’s work is amazing & it makes you smile just looking at all those beautiful pops of colors she uses. Thank you for posting this. This book will be another early Xmas gift for myself:)

  • Reply seeking the muse November 23, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    I really love Debi Treloar’s photos and Selina Lake’s styling. They both have such a great eye for punctuating their interiors with soft or bright color. I’m going to be putting this book on my wish list!

  • Reply Emily November 23, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Oh, I love everything Selina Lake does! I might have to buy two copies of this book – one for the bookshelves and one to keep in my bag when I go shopping. :-) That picture above with the patchwork floral wallpaper is so creative and pretty. If I could put up wallpaper in my apartment I’d try something like that.

  • Reply michelle November 23, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    I normally would never consider purchasing a book titled Romantic Style because of the very prejudices you stated but I really enjoy some of the images you selected to share and appreciate Selina’s modern take on the romantic style.

  • Reply amy November 23, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    oh this looks like a really pretty book – that top right photo speaks to me. have marked it down on my “books to get” list, thanks for posting about it :)

  • Reply ashilna November 23, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    oh wow.. I LOVE the contents of this book. I may love glamour but romance really gets me in the heart….so pretty!

  • Reply leslie November 23, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    This book is absolutely gorgeous. Seriously stunning. I have it sitting on my coffee table…I just LOVE Debi’s work, she is a real inspiration to me. Her photographs are magic. Selina Lake is an endless source of inspiration too….her ability to mix textures and colors in such a fresh way is amazing to me.

  • Reply Katie - Coco Målé November 23, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    I’ve never worked with Debi but Selina did the styling for our catalogue last year and she was truly amazing – very talented and super creative!! I think Bazaar Style is closer to my design tastes but this one is definitely also worth having in one’s collection… As previously said, the photography is INCREDIBLE and so inspiring!!

  • Reply Melissa de la Fuente November 23, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    It is absolutely beautiful…I picked it up in Barnes & Noble the other day and loved it so much. I definitely think a good part of my style is romantic..& Selina’s book is inspiring.

  • Reply Ludmila {} November 23, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    omg want want want this book! it’s just inspiration overdose and I’m SO happy after seeing these images!

  • Reply Iris November 23, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    I like it a lot; the images show romance in a fresh and young way. Very inspiring!

  • Reply Kat November 23, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    I’m so pleased to see your review Holly. Romantic style is my favourite interiors book. Selina’s styling is so very me!
    Good to see two friends have the book too- Meliss and Georgianna.
    I love seeing people I know commenting above me!
    Kat x

  • Reply Alison Gibbs November 24, 2010 at 12:27 am

    This is on my christmas ‘Wish List’
    Love it

  • Reply chrissy November 29, 2010 at 9:43 am

    I love it, soo Cute. I wish I could do something like this, but I rent..!


  • Reply nicky khan April 1, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    oooh…… i love it all
    everything is so perfect
    love it love it love it!
    nicky xx

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