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.
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. "
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.
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.
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 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
"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.