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|“If you can put together an outfit, you’re already overqualified to decorate a room,” believes Emmy Award–winning Christopher Lowell. Now he’s back with his proven Seven Layers of Design system to bring readers a lively blend of design theory and hands-on advice for fearless, fabulous decorating. |
Christopher Lowell’s Seven Layers of Design solves decorating dilemmas by encouraging readers to look at a room piece by piece, layer by layer, from the floor up. With his humor, wit, and charm, Lowell breaks down the Seven Layers of Design to lay the groundwork for simple, yet stunning, home design.
Each chapter of Christopher Lowell’s Seven Layers of Design walks you through room makeovers with easy step-by-step projects; dramatic before, during, and after photographs; and useful sidebars that make decorating simple, fun, and rewarding.
•Learn why you should never paint a ceiling white.
•Create fabulous fakes using paint and plywood.
•Increase the value of your home with architectural detail.
ISBN: 1400082706 Date Published on 5/30/2006
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|If your closets are bulging and your drawers are about to explode, you’re not alone. The fact is, seven out of ten Americans live in cluttered homes. Our nesting instinct has allowed the stuff to take over. Emmy Award–winning host and design guru Christopher Lowell provides the perfect solution in Seven Layers of Organization. While other books simply show containers and gizmos to get organized, Christopher gets to the bottom of why we just can’t seem to let go—and shows us how we can. |
As in his smash hit book Christopher Lowell’s Seven Layers of Design, Lowell takes you through the organizing process step by step, breaking down each layer into simple tasks that anyone can make time to do. He shows how to plan ahead for better, faster, longer-lasting results; how to decide what to keep and what to toss; and how to store or show off your possessions. You’ll also see how each layer works in twelve fabulous room makeovers, from a ship-to-shore nautical bedroom to a Hollywood glam hallway to an inviting his-and-hers office space.It is possible to reach organizational nirvana and to stay there! In just seven easy steps, this colorful, no-nonsense guide will teach you how to purge your home mentally, physically, and spiritually so you’ll be clutter-free for life!
1. Assess & Schedule
2. Detach & Purge
3. Reclaim & Update
4. Sort & Contain
5. Design & Build
6. Arrange & Display
7. Cease & Maintain
ISBN: 1400082404 Date Published on 9/2/2006
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|Christopher Lowell has done it again! In response to thousands of letters requesting a book on small-room decorating, the Emmy Award-winning star of the Discovery Channel's most popular decorating show applies his innovative thinking to the challenge of turning cramped quarters into a comfortable, stylish home. He takes the Seven Layers of Design system introduced in his first book one step further by applying it to small spaces and inspiring readers to create extraordinary rooms out of the ordinary.|
With his trademark energy and innovation, Lowell guides us through two modular homes, one designed in a traditional style, the other in a more modern decor, but both intended to offer the reader a myriad of design options and ideas. The traditional home features a Nantucket-style master bath, a sunroom with faux stone walls, a French-influenced guest bedroom, and a separate dining room. The modern home contains a kitchen finished in sophisticated stainless-steel paint, a living room-guest bedroom partitioned with sliding bookcases, and a Zen master bedroom with a space-saving platform bed.
Room by room, Lowell tackles such problems as how to make the most of tiny master bedrooms, how to create several rooms from one, what to do with narrow hallways, how to conserve space by creating multipurpose rooms, and how to renovate a guest bathroom for under $100. Before and after pictures show how anyone can perform miracles just by "thinking outside the box." Once again, Christopher Lowell inspires readers to dream big, no matter how small their space.
ISBN: 1400047277 Date Published on 7/7/2006
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This beautifully illustrated guide from top interior designer Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill reveals the best of architectural and furnishing detail from England and America's most enduring decorating styles of the last 400 years.
A companion volume to her 2001 Classic Design Styles, this book focuses on architectural details from seven distinct historical eras and identifies the vital details of each period. Carved stone fireplaces, marble columns, tapestry wall hangings, eighteenth-century windows, and plain and painted plaster wall finishes, as well as cushions, tassels, and curtains are all detailed with an eye to applying them to our homes today.
With in-depth historical surveys of each period, illustrated feature by feature, the book is filled with beautiful photographs and hundreds of creative ideas accompanied by insider tips, practical advice, and inspiration from one of the world's top interior designers.
ISBN: 0847825582 Date Published on 7/7/2006
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|The step-by-step instructions, cutlists, and illustrations in this book make each project easy and fun. It features detailed instructions for 18 simple, attractive, useful kitchen projects that can be created by any woodworker, regardless of skill level. Included are: a French rolling pin, a cutting board and knife rack, a wine rack, a spice and tea shelf, a paper towel holder and pinching towel rack, a serving tray and lazy Susan, a hanging pot rack, a folding step stool, a farm table, and a sturdy stool. 128 color photos and 68 B&W illustrations are included. "Formal serving trays such as the one presented here carry an old-time air of luxury, service and a refined sense of convenience about them. These days most of us do our own serving, but the ritual remains the same and survives somewhat. Tasks such as carrying a pot of tea and cups to the living room or even clearing plates are made a lot easier." - from the book |
ISBN: 1561583863 Date Published on 8/23/2006
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|Recipes and tips for creating cheap, safe, and effective household cleaners. After introducing the reader to the nasty effects of chemicals commonly used in commercial cleaning products, Karen Logan offers instructions for making everything from glass cleaner (try plain club soda, or white vinegar and water) to household insecticides (peppermint oil and water will banish ants). Logan is concerned about the environment but also about safety—the story of a woman who swallowed lye-containing drain cleaner as a child will have you tossing out every bottle out under your sink.|
ISBN: 0671535951 Date Published on 10/17/2006
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|A guide for non-toxic and safe housecleaning using from-the-cupboard ingredients: baking soda, salt, white vinegar, cornstarach, vegetable oil, and lemon juice. Using these safer ingredients can help you avoid: respiratory distress, allergies, rashes, headaches, and fatigue that can come from using dangerous chemicals.|
ISBN: 1882330242 Date Published on 10/18/2006