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Ceramic Tile: How to Install Ceramic Tile for Your Floors, Walls, Backsplashes & Countertops
Ceramic Tile
How to Install Ceramic Tile for Your Floors, Walls, Backsplashes & Countertops
Paperback      ISBN: 1591865808
As part of our comprehensive HomeSkills DIY series, HomeSkills: Ceramic Tile turns each of your bland surfaces into a blank canvas. To many homeowners, laying tile sounds like a recipe for stress, physical injury, artistic embarrassment, or all of the above. But we'll let you in on a secret: with some basic knowledge and a little persistence, anyone can do it--and you'll feel especially proud when you tally up the money you just saved by doing it yourself. With HomeSkills: Ceramic Tile, you'll receive expert instruction in the fundamentals of tiling your living space. Through user-friendly project descriptions and vivid how-to photography, you'll learn all the necessary tiling skills in a concise, accessible way: designing your layout and selecting the perfect tiles, handling and cutting them properly, working with grouts and adhesives, and putting the finishing touches on a confident installation. You'll be able to tackle any surface, from floors and walls to countertops and backsplashes, and at any pace you prefer--take it easy and get it just right over time or blast away and transform an entire room in an afternoon. So set your hesitations aside. HomeSkills: Ceramic Tile is your one-stop DIY guide to the custom tile job you never thought you could pull off. Check out our five other HomeSkills guides on carpentry, deck building, landscaping, plumbing, and wiring.
The Real Wood Bible: The Complete Illustrated Guide to Choosing and Using 100 Decorative Woods
The Real Wood Bible
The Complete Illustrated Guide to Choosing and Using 100 Decorative Woods
Paperback      ISBN: 1770850139

A practical and inspiring A-Z guide to the world's most popular woods.

Many of the world's most beautiful and useful woods are in serious decline due to over-harvesting and environmental degradation. This updated edition of The Real Wood Bible gives the current sustainability status of these rare and important woods.

Wood is a favored building material because of availability, ease to cut and join, decorative properties, functionality, flexibility, and a favorable strength-to-weight ratio.

The Real Wood Bible is a comprehensive handbook for anyone who works with wood...or is planning to. Woodworkers, crafters, carpenters, and interior designers will find extensive information about the woods they regularly use as well as discover some new ones.

This colorful, easy-to-use book features:

  • How trees are converted into boards and veneers
  • How to convert your own trees into boards
  • Woods that incorporate beautiful natural effects
  • A list of woods available from sustainable sources
  • Useful advice on buying and storing lumber.

An extensive and illustrated A-Z guide to the world's most popular woods is the heart of this book. Each wood is shown with a color illustration demonstrating the true look and beauty of the finished and unfinished grain.

A special section on sustainability is included, with an introduction to key conservation issues.

The Real Wood Bible is the essential reference for the appreciation of the practical beauty of the world's most popular building material.

Color Concrete Garden Projects: Make Your Own Planters, Furniture, and Fire Pits Using Creative Techniques and Vibrant Finishes
Color Concrete Garden Projects
Make Your Own Planters, Furniture, and Fire Pits Using Creative Techniques and Vibrant Finishes
Paperback      ISBN: 1604695390
A Library Journal Best Crafts & DIY Book of 2015

Incorporating concrete design into a home garden can now be easily achieved by any do-it-yourself enthusiast Concrete furniture and containers add style and personality to outdoor spaces, and the addition of color makes these objects even more eye-catching. These trendy pieces can cost thousands of dollars at garden centers and furniture stores, but they can also be made affordably at home. In this hands-on guide, concrete artisans Nathan Smith and Michael Snyder offer basic information on how to mix concrete and add color using dyes, paints, and inlaid materials. The twenty step-by-step projects include small items, like a candle holder with an old-world feel and a simple stacked-ring planter, and larger pieces, like an elegant bike rack and a beautiful fire pit that is the perfect gathering place for friends and family.
Cultivating Garden Style: Inspired Ideas and Practical Advice to Unleash Your Garden Personality
Cultivating Garden Style
Inspired Ideas and Practical Advice to Unleash Your Garden Personality
Hardcover      ISBN: 1604694777

"Get ready, the garden you've always longed for is at your fingertips. Cultivating Garden Style releases your inner designer and helps you create a landscape that is yours and yours alone " --Ivette Soler, author of The Edible Front Yard

In this stylish guide, designer Rochelle Greayer shares creative ways to create outdoor areas that are charming, comfortable, and appealing. Cultivating Garden Style features twenty-three unique garden styles accompanied by advice on how to recreate the look. Simple step-by-step projects, like how to make a macram plant hanger, help you personalize your space. And helpful tips and tricks offer essential lessons in gardening and design. This design-forward book is packed with more than 1,500 dazzling color photographs that inspire and instruct.

Annie Sloan's Room Recipes for Style and Color
Annie Sloan's Room Recipes for Style and Color
Hardcover      ISBN: 1782491546

Find the right interiors recipe for your ideal home with Annie Sloan.

World renowned paint effects guru and color expert Annie Sloan considers what makes a successful interior. Style and color lie at the heart of the matter, but both can be stumbling blocks for the amateur decorator. Annie explains how to achieve your chosen style by creating moodboards and analyzing key factors, such as scale, focus, display, and layout. She examines nine popular styles: French Elegance, Neoclassical, Traditional Swedish, Vintage Floral, Modern Retro, Boho Chic, Coastal Style, Rustic Country, and Warehouse Style. Discover, too, the key techniques you'll need to recreate these styles in your own home: color theory (Why do some colors work so well together? Why can the same color look dramatically different in different rooms?), using storytelling with pictures and collected treasures, style fusions (combining your favorite styles), and, of course, paint techniques. With stunning photography and packed with practical advice, this will soon become your interior style bible.
The New Bungalow
The New Bungalow
Hardcover      ISBN: 1586850423

The Arts & Crafts bungalow has been reborn, in as rich and full an array of iterations as it was in its heyday -- from tight clusters of similar inexpensive housing opportunities to the grand, and arguably borderline, bungalow scale of the "ultimate bungalows" of the 1910s. The New Bungalow is a celebration of contemporary interpretations of this classic house style -- an art form that symbolizes the best of the good life. It offers an alternative solution to the tract development filled with homes appliqued with various random trim details and contrived architectural components. It is a guide to creating a home that has a true, honest expression of style. Given their simple lines, spacious and open floorplans, natural tones, and colors, it is no mystery why new bungalow developments are gaining popularity.

Design*Sponge at Home
Design*Sponge at Home
Hardcover      ISBN: 1579654312

The long-awaited home d cor bible by the beloved design blogger

"Thank you," wrote a reader to Design*Sponge creator Grace Bonney, "for teaching me that houses don't have to be frumpy and formal. They don't have to be matchy-matchy or rigidly modern." They can just be comfy and unique and reflect who you are, no matter how small your budget or space.

That reader is one of the 75,000 unique daily visitors to Design*Sponge, who make it the most popular design site on the web. The site receives 250,000 pageviews every day and has 150,000 RSS subscribers and 280,000 followers on Twitter. Design*Sponge fans have been yearning for the ultimate design manual from their guru, Grace, and she has finally delivered with this definitive guide, which includes:

- Home tours of 70 real-life interiors featuring artists and designers

- Fifty DIY projects, with detailed instructions for personalizing your space

- Step-by-step tutorials on everything from stripping and painting furniture to hanging wallpaper and doing your own upholstery

- Fifty Before & After makeovers submitted by readers of Design*Sponge--real people with limited time and realistic budgets

- Essential tips on modern flower arranging, with 20 arrangements

With over 700 color photos and illustrations and projects that are customizable, relatable, and affordable, this is the democratizing design book everyone has been waiting for--and all for only $35.00

In the Pink: Dorothy Draper--America's Most Fabulous Decorator
In the Pink
Dorothy Draper--America's Most Fabulous Decorator
Hardcover      ISBN: 0985225602

Has there ever been an American decorator as famous as Dorothy Draper? Like Martha Stewart, Draper was a preacher and teacher whose how-to books and Good Housekeeping columns provided middle-class housewives with affordable ideas for making their homes more functional and comfortable.Thanks to her originality as a stylist and her daring as a businesswoman, she became one of the most respected career women in the United States. She shocked the design world in 1937 when she decorated the thirty-seven-story Hampshire House apartment hotel on Central Park South in New York City, delivering a project that became indicative of her signature touch - 'baroque fantasy'. In the Pink: Dorothy Draper, America's Most Fabulous Decorator, by Carleton Varney, lavishly illustrates for the first time Draper s most important projects. From the Greenbrier resort in West Virginia and Quitandinha in Brazil to her important fabrics for F. Schumacher & Co. and her automobile and airplane interiors of the 1950s, Draper c

Young House Love: 243 Ways to Paint, Craft, Update & Show Your Home Some Love
Young House Love
243 Ways to Paint, Craft, Update & Show Your Home Some Love
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 1579654789
This New York Times bestselling book is filled with hundreds of fun, deceptively simple, budget-friendly ideas for sprucing up your home.

With two home renovations under their (tool) belts and millions of hits per month on their blog YoungHouseLove.com, Sherry and John Petersik are home-improvement enthusiasts primed to pass on a slew of projects, tricks, and techniques to do-it-yourselfers of all levels. Packed with 243 tips and ideas--both classic and unexpected--and more than 400 photographs and illustrations, this is a book that readers will return to again and again for the creative projects and easy-to-follow instructions in the relatable voice the Petersiks are known for. Learn to trick out a thrift-store mirror, spice up plain old roller shades, "hack" your Ikea table to create three distinct looks, and so much more.
Reflections on Swedish Interiors
Reflections on Swedish Interiors
Hardcover      ISBN: 1423625285

A well-designed Swedish room, whether an antique-filled country home or a contemporary industrial loft space, has a calm and feel-good quality that literally permeates the atmosphere. See how some of the most authentic advocates of Swedish design are using these ideas in their own homes, places of pure beauty and simplicity. The fundamental concepts of Swedish design are in full play at each location featured and are important qualities to incorporate into a home-those of functionality, quality of materials, light, preservation, art, eclecticism, color, sense of place and a deep reverence for nature.

Featured in the book are projects by designers Eleish van Breems, 2Michaels, Liza Laserow, and Jonas Wickman with a look into the private homes of Barbara Paca and Philip Logan of Preservation Green, Mick Aarestrup and Paula Batali of Lief, Tara Shaw of Tara Shaw Inc., Jill Dienst of Dienst and Dotter, Ann Ljungberg and Rajesh Kumar of Just Scandinavian, international stylist Ingrid Leess, and designers Patricia Fischer of Patricia Fisher Interiors and Linda Kennedy of Meredith Baxter Home. The elements of Swedish style are broken down for the reader with inspiring photos and directives and a Resource Guide is provided for further exploration.

Forewords by Brad Ford and Keith Granet.

Rhonda Eleish and Edie van Breems are the founders of Eleish van Breems Ltd., a company whose approach to design stems from a modern application and interpretation of historic Scandinavian interiors and form. Their design work has been featured in House Beautiful, Elle Decor, Veranda, Glamour, Country Living, Gods & Goddar, and the New York Times, among others. Both live with their families in southwest Connecticut and travel extensively in Scandinavia, calling Stockholm their home away from home.