Best-selling author of The Not So Big House Sarah Susanka teams up with architectural design writer Marc Vassallo to expand upon the message that has resonated with over a million homeowners and builders across the country: opting for personalized, well-crafted, thoughtfully designed spaces over superfluous square footage results in a home that comforts and nourishes those who live there. Susanka and Vassallo focus their lens on the tangible and sometimes intangible details that bring an otherwise ordinary home to life. Incorporating such details as dropped ceilings, built-in shelves, pocket doors, window seats, and well-placed alcoves infuses a home with the character of its owners and conveys a uniqueness that's mising in many homes built or remodeled today. From Rhode Island to San Diego, the 23 homes featured here illustrate exceptional attention to detail. Each offers inspiration for those building or remodeling to transform their home into an expression of all that is important to them.
This is the ultimate guide to creating an outdoor oasis in your very own backyard. Hundreds of images illustrate creative ideas for turning a simple lawn into a fresh-air room. Topics covered include using landscaping to create "walls" and a sense of space. Design possibilities of wood, poured concrete, brick, tile, gravel, natural stone, and concrete pavers are explored. Consider decorating loggias, patios, courtyards, covered porches, decks, lanais, and rooftops, as well as temporary structures. Learn how to furnish an outdoor room. A large section on outdoor kitchens provides ideas for outdoor design's hottest trend. Designers, contractors, architects, and homeowners will love the multitude of ideas for fashioning amazing outdoor spaces.
If you've ever wanted to step inside a house designed by frank Lloyd Wright or if you've ever dreamed of living in one The Wright Style offers the next best thing: an extraordinary look inside dozens of Wright's incomparable houses, all of them filled with countless inspiring ideas from America's favorite architect.
From pure Wright houses to homes where his decorative magic has been mixed with related styles, the book captures the essence of the architect's timeless designs the spaces, the textures, the colors, the light, the furniture, the special features that all say Frank Lloyd Wright. As the magnificent houses here show, each of Wright's buildings was a complex composition of many interrelated elements; he regarded them as symphonies. Wright designed not just the shell, but everything inside as well: furniture, skylights, art glass windows, light fixtures, textiles, carpets, wall murals, decorative accessories, even the landscaping.
Illustrating how Wright affected and inspired other houses, The Wright Style also presents interpretations of Wright's principles by some of his followers and apprentices providing a guided walk through a century of his unsurpassed influence on design. And for those who love Wright but who cannot live in complete, authentic rooms or purchase antique Wright furnishings, the book's catalogue of products makes it possible at least to bring a touch of the Wright style home.
Wright's ideas have so permeated our architectural world that we have lost track of the source, writes author Carla Lind. His open floor plans led to family rooms, kitchens open to living areas, indoor spaces open to outdoor living spaces, garden rooms, decks, and carports. His use of glass opened window walls and brought generous amounts of light and inspiring vistas into rooms. He altered America's collective subconscious. By bringing together many elements and inspirations, most neither new nor original, he was able to synthesize fresh new forms that reflected the character of the nation.
Whether you're trying to protect your garden from wildlife predators or want to keep your livestock from wandering too far, effective fencing can bring welcome peace of mind. Covering the pros and cons of a variety of fencing types, Gail Damerow shows you how to build a fence that works for your needs. With clearly illustrated instructions for building wire fences, rail fences, electric fences, woven fences, and more, you'll soon be creating effective enclosures that are guaranteed to save you time, money, and worry.
An invaluable introduction to the key names and projects in contemporary interior architecture, this book covers the work of 55 international practitioners. It includes both the firmly established and the up and coming; the classic and the more experimental. For each entry, there are 6 pages with a short text consisting of a critical appraisal as well as full biographical details. This is followed by images of the key works by that designer concentrating on the more recent but also the most iconic where relevant. The featured designers are those who control the shape of public spaces, services and identity to reflect the demands of the 21st century. A definition of interior architecture from Jennifer Hudson is: Interior Architecture Today is not about cosmetic surgery but about complete organ transplant. The individuals and companies featured are not only working with surface and appearance but also in the control of shape, space, services and identity. The title was selected to reflect the fact that the book is primarily concerned with the intelligent tectonic programming of interior space as well as the design opportunities this presents. Because of the proliferation today of decorators, stylists and hobbyists calling themselves designers, the word 'design' connotes a surface application primarily preoccupied with decorative elements. The term 'interior architecture' is more inclusive in that it considers the cross-disciplinary nature of design, bringing together the skills required to investigate interior space within the wider context of architecture.
- Step-by-step photographs and illustrations guide homeowners through every step of the process.
- Includes a comprehensive skills and techniques section along with must-have information about the tools and materials used to build fences and gates.
- The one-stop guide for homeowners looking to tackle residential fencing or gate projects from start to finish.
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.