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The Grammar of Ornament: Illustrated by Examples from Various Styles of Ornament
The Grammar of Ornament
Illustrated by Examples from Various Styles of Ornament
Paperback      ISBN: 0789476460

An excellent resource for artists, designers, architects, craftspeople, or anyone interested in the decorative arts. First published in 1856, The Grammar of Ornament remains a design classic. Its inspiration came from the pioneering architect and designer Owen Jones. His observations of decorative art on his extensive travels in Europe and the Near East were employed to improve the poor quality of Western design. His goal was to change the Victorian habit of mixing elements from a wide variety of sources and applying this mix indiscriminately to buildings, graphic design, and products. His resulting study is a comprehensive analysis of a remarkable collection of styles of ornamental design -- from Ancient Egypt and Greece to Imperial China and Renaissance Italy. With its sumptuous illustrations, its detailed survey of individual cultures, and its manifesto of "General Principles," it offered guidance to the designers of the future. In this new edition the designs are further illuminated by Iain Zaczek's perceptive commentaries. Hugely influential since its first publication, The Grammar of Ornament inspired great figures such as William Morris and Frank Lloyd Wright. Contemporary designers, entertained by the archaic charm of Jones's descriptions, are struck by the book's enduring relevance and its soundness regarding the essential principles of good design.

Decorating with Pumpkins and Gourds
Decorating with Pumpkins and Gourds
Hardcover      ISBN: 190652520x
Salvage Style: 45 Home and Garden Projects Using Reclaimed Architectural
Salvage Style
45 Home and Garden Projects Using Reclaimed Architectural
Hardcover      ISBN: 1579902057

Discusses items found in architectural salvage yards.... Projects range from simple to complex, and safety tips on working with metal, glass, and wood are provided.... Recommended for public libraries. "Library Journal. " Try any one of these 45 projects and create something new with all the elegance of the original historic remnant. "Better Homes & Gardens Decorating. "
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Feathering the Nest: Tracy Hutson's Earth-Friendly Guide to Decorating Your Baby's Room
Feathering the Nest
Tracy Hutson's Earth-Friendly Guide to Decorating Your Baby's Room
Hardcover      ISBN: 1584797452

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.

Lauren Conrad Celebrate
Lauren Conrad Celebrate
Hardcover      ISBN: 0062438328

From lifestyle and fashion icon Lauren Conrad--#1 New York Times bestselling author of Lauren Conrad Style and Lauren Conrad Beauty--comes her dazzling and essential guide to entertaining, filled with an inspiring array of lifestyle tips and personal stories and lavishly illustrated with dozens of color photographs throughout.

Now that Lauren Conrad has gotten everyone all dressed up and looking their most beautiful, she gives them somewhere to go in this must-have guide to entertaining. Showcasing the same approachable attitude and insight that have made her books smash bestsellers, Lauren Conrad Celebrate shows how easy it is to throw a fantastic party.

Filled with lush and inspiring original four-color photos and budget friendly tips, Lauren Conrad Celebrate offers advice about the basics to make planning any type of event a breeze, including suggestions for the perfect invitations, food, drinks, decorations, and gifts. Lauren shows how to put it all together for a diverse range of events that span the calendar, from a charming Baby shower to a festive holiday party. And she packs the book with creative full-color photos and stories from her own life, including her housewarming party, and her recent bridal shower and wedding.

Just as her trusted advice has inspired women to look and feel their best, now Lauren Conrad brings out the fabulous party-giver in all of us in this elegant, must-have guide.

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.
Plant Craft: 30 Projects That Add Natural Style to Your Home
Plant Craft
30 Projects That Add Natural Style to Your Home
Hardcover      ISBN: 1604696494
Discover the simple beauty of adding natural style to a space

Not everyone has a garden--but with only a handful of materials and a little bit of time, everyone can bring the beauty of nature into their home. Plant Craft features projects inspired by the natural world and made out of live plants, cut flowers, foraged branches, and more. You'll learn how to create a colorful floral mural, an elegant table centerpiece, a serene underwater sculpture, a whimsical mobile, and more. The step-by-step instructions are clear, easy to follow, and fully illustrated with color photographs, and the projects vary in difficulty. Given the right care, they all have the potential to grace a home for a long time.
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.

Singer Upholstery Basics Plus: Complete Step-By-Step Photo Guide
Singer Upholstery Basics Plus
Complete Step-By-Step Photo Guide
Paperback      ISBN: 1589233298

The most comprehensive, user-friendly upholstery book on the market just got better

Over its lifetime, SINGER Upholstery Basics has sold nearly 150,000 copies. Now, with five new projects and an entirely fresh presentation, SINGER Upholstery Basics Plus is truly the best book for beginners and seasoned upholstery buffs alike. All the basic upholstery techniques are taught. Projects include all styles of chairs or couches, stools, different styles of ottomans, a bench, and a headboard. Some projects are built-from-scratch items that require only simple carpentry skills for building the frames. Others show the complete process of stripping, repairing, and reupholstering old furniture pieces to like-new condition. Large color photos of the step-by-step instructions set this book apart from all the others.

  • 300+ photos show the techniques in great detail, plus 5 new projects
  • Projects are practical and most representative of the types of furniture pieces usually reupholstered or constructed from scratch
  • Hidden wire-o binding keeps the book open flat while you work
The Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking: Decorating, Dining, and the Gratifying Pleasures of Self-Sufficiency--On a Budget!
The Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking
Decorating, Dining, and the Gratifying Pleasures of Self-Sufficiency--On a Budget!
Paperback      ISBN: 0062014706

"I am a hugefan Kate Payne has nailed it in this humorous and creative guide for fabulous, chic and easy-on-the-wallet ideas for your home. . . . another must have for mygirlfriends." --Kim Barnouin, co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Skinny Bitch

"Anencouraging, non-perfectionist, step-by-step guide for creating a pleasurablehome without killing yourself (or the planet)." --Sally Schneider, Founder of TheImprovisedLife.com, and author of The Improvisational Cook

Artist, creator, and self described "half-assed domestic goddess" KatePayne delivers a savvy and resourceful guide to creative home living. With aknowledgeable, encouraging, and no-nonsense tone, the Brooklyn-bred, Austin-baseddomestic guru dispenses her need-to-know advice on thrift stores, flea markets, Craigslist, interior design, decorating, cooking, crafting, and the best waysto embrace an artistic lifestyle.