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Here's How Painting: 29 Projects With Paint
Here's How Painting
29 Projects With Paint
Paperback      ISBN: 1589236297

Full color how to photography demonstrates some of the most popular interior painting designs today. From start to finish, this book gives the reader information on everything from choosing paint and tools to cleaning up when the project is done. In between, there are 18 different techniques for painting interior rooms and furniture, including sponge painting, mosaics and faux designs.

Oriental Rugs Today: A Guide to the Best New Carpets from the East
Oriental Rugs Today
A Guide to the Best New Carpets from the East
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1893163466
Embroidery Pour La Maison: 100 French Designs for the Home
Embroidery Pour La Maison
100 French Designs for the Home
Paperback      ISBN: 0062222619

In Embroidery pour la Maison, a delightful little craft book from French artist Sylvie Blondeau, you'll find more than 100 adorable ways to personalize and decorate everyday items in your home.

Part of a new series of embroidery books and featuring more 100 projects and twenty-one different needlepoint methods, Embroidery pour la Maison includes easy-to-follow directions and plenty of inspiration to personalize aprons, bags, and more. A fun, easy way for do-it-yourselfers to add a touch of charm to every room of the house--kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, living room, laundry room, and office.

Embroidery pour la Maison is a valuable resource for crafters at all skill levels, complete with step-by-step instructions and illustrations.

Cool Colors for Modern Living
Cool Colors for Modern Living
Paperback      ISBN: 1844005232

Tricia Guild is the queen of color. Her new palette of calmer, cooler colors is in perfect harmony with a contemporary lifestyle. Divided into chapters based on color groups, White Hot demonstrates the application of this new range of subtle hues in a selection of homes in urban and rural settings, deconstructing each room to explain the choices made. White Hot aims to show how to develop a personalised color palette to use at home, to bring more passion, beauty and individuality into your life.

French Style and Decoration: A Sourcebook of Original Designs
French Style and Decoration
A Sourcebook of Original Designs
Hardcover      ISBN: 0500514003

Drawing upon an impressive array of original sources, this illustrated book offers a panoply of sketches, engravings and printed patterns, representing French interior design and decoration from the Baroque, Racoco, Louis Seize and Empire periods through the 19th century to art nouveau, art deco and modernism.

Crafting a Colorful Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to Personalizing Your Space With Color
Crafting a Colorful Home
A Room-by-Room Guide to Personalizing Your Space With Color
Hardcover      ISBN: 161180129x
Knit, stitch, and paint your way to a more colorful and happy home with color expert and crafter Kristin Nicholas.

Learn how to make your home sing through handmade crafts and a bold use of color. Kristin Nicholas, color expert and all-around master crafter, shares her secrets to selecting colors and patterns and explores the variety of crafts and decorating touches that have made her home so unique. Going room by room, Kristin uses her own 1751 farmhouse as a leaping-off point for craft projects perfect for every space. You'll find a range of step-by-step projects to make your home cozy and bright, including knit pillows, embroidered curtains, crocheted blankets, and painted lampshades. Along the way, Kristin also shares DIY techniques on refinishing furniture, faux finishing walls, mural painting, and recycling wool clothes. Full of inspiration, and with vibrant photographs throughout, this is a complete guide to creating a home that reflects your own handmade style.
Bringing Tuscany Home: Sensuous Style from the Heart of Italy
Bringing Tuscany Home
Sensuous Style from the Heart of Italy
Hardcover      ISBN: 0767917464
I always imagine each of the signoras who lived in this house--where she shelled peas, rocked the grandchild, placed a vase of the pink roses. Now I would like to take one of these women back to my house in California to show her how Bramasole traveled to America and took root, how the doors there are open to the breeze from San Pablo bay and to the distant view of Mount Tamalpais, how the table has expanded and the garden has burgeoned...

The "bard of Tuscany" (New York Times) now offers a lavishly illustrated book for everyone who dreams of integrating the Tuscan lifestyle--from home decoration and cooking, to eating and drinking, to gardening, socializing, and celebrating--into their own lives.

When Frances Mayes fell in love with Tuscany and Bramasole, millions of readers basked in the experience through her three bestselling memoirs. Now Frances and her husband, In Tuscany coauthor Edward, share the essence of Tuscan life as they have lived it, with specific ideas and inspiration for readers stateside to bring the beauty and spirit of Tuscany into their own home decor, meals, gardens, entertaining and, most important, outlook on life. In her inimitable warm and evocative tone, Frances helps readers develop an eye for authentic Tuscan style, with advice on how to:

- Choose a Tuscan color palette for the home, from earthy apricot tones to invigorating shades of antique blue.

- Personalize a room with fanciful door frames, unique painted furniture, and fresco murals.

- Cultivate a Tuscan garden, adding fountains, vine-covered pergolas, and terra-cotta urns among the herbs and flowers

- Select the best Italian vino. (Frances describes lunches at regional vineyards and imparts tips for pairing food and wine.)

- Create an atmosphere of irresistible, anytime hospitality--a casa aperta (open home).

- Make primo finds at local antiques markets. (And to help truly bring Tuscany home, shipping advice and market days for several Tuscan towns are included.)

- Set an imaginative Tuscan table using majolica and vintage linens.

- Enjoy the abundant flavors and easy simplicity of the Tuscan kitchen, with details on everything from olive oil and vino santo to pici and gnocchi, plus special homegrown menus and recipes.

- Make the most of a trip to Tuscany, visiting Frances's favorite hill towns, restaurants, small museums, and other soothing places.

With more than 100 photos by acclaimed photographer Steven Rothfeld (including several of the Mayes's California home and its Tuscan accents), twenty-five all-new recipes, and lists of resources for travelers and shoppers, Bringing Tuscany Home is a treasure trove of practical advice and memorable images.
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.
Scandinavian Design
Scandinavian Design
Paperback      ISBN: 1847325890

Since the beginning of the 1990s a new generation of Scandinavian designers has appeared to international acclaim, and once again pushed the boundaries of modern design and innovation. Classic pieces such as Arne Jacobsen's Ant Chair have been reinterpreted, while architects such as Sn hetta and 3 x Nielsen have made bold statements in their structures. With over 300 images, this stylish design bible offers a stunning and comprehensive overview of this perennially popular and environmentally friendly genre, from architecture and furniture to fashion and graphics.

The Not So Big House: A Blueprint for the Way We Really Live
The Not So Big House
A Blueprint for the Way We Really Live
Hardcover      ISBN: 1561581305

Ten years ago, Sarah Susanka started a revolution in home design with a deceptively simple message: quality should always come before quantity. Now, the book that celebrated that bold declaration is back in this special 10th anniversary edition featuring a new introduction and 16 additional pages that explore three new homes.

Nearly a quarter-million people bought this ground-breaking book when it was published in Fall 1998. Since then, the book's simple message -- that quality should come before quantity -- has started a movement in home design. Homeowners now know to expect more. And the people responsible for building our homes have also gotten the message. Architects and builders around the country report clients showing up with dog-eared copies of The Not So Big House, pages marked to a favorite section.

Why are we drawn more to smaller, more personal spaces than to larger, more expansive ones? Why do we spend more time in the kitchen than we do in the formal dining room? The Not So Big House proposes clear, workable guidelines for creating homes that serve both our spiritual needs and our material requirements, whether for a couple with no children, a family, empty nesters, or one person alone.

In 1999, Sarah Susanka was then architect and principal with Mulfinger, Susanka, Mahady & Partners, the firm selected to design the 1999 Life Dream House brought Frank Lloyd Wright's same common-sense, human-scale design principles to our generation. Consider which rooms in your house you use and enjoy most, and you have a sense of the essential principles of The Not So Big House. Whether you seek comfort and calm or activity and energy at home, The Not So Big House offers a place for every mood.