"This book covers growing, harvesting, and curing as well as crafting and finishing....The projects, are artistic and imaginative and cover all techniques of dealing with gourds."--Library Journal. "Lots of inspiring gourd crafting techniques and ideas--I highly recommend The Complete Book of Gourd Craft...its 300 color photos... depict many...amazing things you can create...plenty of detailed information."--Organic Gardening.
A fireplace on wheels? A chandelier lit by Xerox? A shrink-wrapped designer closet? These are just a few of the more than 100 stylish and innovative projects in Janet Lee's Living in a Nutshell a one-of-a-kind DIY decorating guide with fresh ideas to fool the eye into seeing--and believing--that even the most cramped little lair can hold more space and glamor than just the sum its of four walls.
The design maven behind livinginanutshell.com and Oprah Winfrey's interior style producer for a decade, Janet Lee has personally handpicked a battery of clever projects for enhancing every area of a tiny living space--all are simple to do, require no craft skills, are emphatically affordable, readily portable, and big on style, so you can make these design dreams become your reality.
Tracy Hutson is an acclaimed interior designer. She's also the loving mother of two little boys. When designing their bedroom, she knew precisely what she wanted: a nursery that would be mentally stimulating yet emotionally comforting. A place that would maximize safety, shielding adventurous toddlers from harm. And a room that would be built and decorated with a healthy dose of environmental responsibility. In Feathering the Nest, Hutson shares her passion for creating children's spaces--putting her guiding principles into practice for four different styles of nursery design: vintage, contemporary, traditional, and international. Featuring stories and photos of actual children's rooms from around the country, the book focuses on the essential components of nursery design, including the special touches that make a room your child's very own. The warmth and creativity of Hutson's approach will inspire every parent to create the ideal nest for their child.
It's the natural inconsistencies--the accidental differences between one finished piece and another--that make hand-printed fabrics, papers, furniture, and works of art so interesting. The quirks are what show the maker's intimate involvement in the process, and it's that unique quality that first attracted textile designer and illustrator Lena Corwin to hand-printing.Even though decorative prints are more in vogue than ever, there was until now no up-to-date hand-printing guide--no single source explaining the tools and materials that are used today, or reflecting a contemporary aesthetic. Corwin has given us that guide. Using step-by-step instructions and up-close photos, Corwin teaches crafters everything they need to know to master stamping, stenciling, and screen printing, from making their own printing devices to trouble-shooting when plans go awry. Her inimitable collection of projects ranges from stamped stationery and simple-to-sew pouches, to stenciled tote bags and furniture, to screen-printed bed linens and upholstery fabric. There's even a silk-screened dog bed. The author has created original artwork for each project (full-size patterns are included in an envelope at the back of the book), so that every crafter can achieve the same beautiful results. Or maybe not quite the same. Remember: It's the subtle differences that make hand-printing so special and alluring.
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.
"This book is indeed complete with every aspect of design material selection, installation and care considered... Appropriate as a coffee table book and an instructive text; beginner and pro alike will not be disappointed." -- B and B, Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association
Maggy Howarth is one of the world's foremost pebble mosaic experts, known for the innovative traditional and contemporary designs she has used to create outdoor mosaics around the world.
This new edition is updated, revised and expanded by 32 pages to incorporate many new inspirational designs from the author's studio, Cobblestone Designs, including an experiment in 3-D, spirals and roundels, and large mosaic designs for community spaces. There is also a special section that explores pebble mosaics as a decorative art throughout history.
The book provides practical step-by-step instructions for creating mosaics using traditional and modern materials, tools and techniques. The 400 beautiful color photographs and illustrations offer inspiration and make this a stunning how-to book and wish-book.
The sections and their chapters are:
- Core Techniques
- The basic principles of mosaic
- In-situ techniques
- Precast technique
- Using the computer to make patterns
- New developments in pebble mosaic
- Around the World
- Pebble mosaic traditions from around the world
- Contemporary pebble mosaicists
- Gazetteer of Design Ideas and Templates by Maggy Howarth
- Allover patterns; Chinese allover patterns; interlacing patterns; allover centrical designs; borders; stars; sun and moon; spiral, cross and maze; human figures; mythological figures and anthropomorphic creatures; stick figures; animals; reptiles and fish; birds; insects; flowers; trees; other suitable subjects.
Design enthusiasts are bombarded with beautiful inspiration at every turn, but many lack the foundation necessary to re-create their dream projects. Materially Crafted is a must-have guide for design mavens seeking to develop their DIY chops, even if they're embracing their crafty side for the first time. Victoria Hudgins, creator of the popular design blog A Subtle Revelry, uncovers the best and least intimidating ways to work with the most popular crafting materials--from spray paint and concrete to thread, wax, and paper--and presents more than 30 easy projects to get everyone started.
Peppered with Hudgins's tips for "merrymaking the everyday" (using simple DIY ideas to live life more joyfully) plus inspirational photos of projects created by other prominent bloggers, Materially Crafted is an indispensable guide for a new generation of design enthusiasts looking to DIY their own distinctive style.
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100,000 sold in hardcover
It's hard to imagine a more comprehensive look at color scheme possibilities.
--Los Angeles Times
What a cool idea for the color challenged among us... 200 combinations fit for a king and queen and their royal family.
When it comes to decorating, the endless color choices available are enough to overwhelm the most determined home decorator. The Color Scheme Bible solves that problem, and with hardcover sales of 100,000 its value is well proven. This lay-flat paperback edition is sure to be an equally popular choice.
With 200 color scheme ideas to choose from, The Color Scheme Bible is an easy-to-use and inspiring reference to using color in the home. It describes how colors interact and the effects they have on a room. It explains how to choose colors that complement each other for a subdued effect, and which colors and combinations energize a room. The book also includes 50 recommended palettes that can be used with different materials for refreshingly original color schemes.
- How color creates ambiance and atmosphere
- How to use color to give a small room the illusion of space and depth
- 200 distinctive color schemes inspired by nature, art, travel, and even a favorite possession
- 50 recommended palettes
- A "How to Use This Book" gatefold.
The Color Scheme Bible changed the way we approach choosing colors for the walls, floors and furniture in our homes. It is an essential handbook for decorators and interior designers.
"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.