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|Interior designer Paula Jhung has helped hundreds of clients suffering from what she describes as "stress-mess"--a state of chronic disarray felt by those who want their homes to be havens but feel clobbered by clutter and sapped by the time and energy they spend doing housework. In this book, readers will learn how to prevent stress-mess and enjoy the serenity and power that come from an orderly home. Using her simple LIFE formula (Lighten up; Invest in comfort; Forget perfection; Enhance flow), she promises readers will: cut clutter by 80%; minimize cleaning; and increase comfort Her tips cost little or nothing to implement and range from the practical to the inspirational (readers will learn how to lighten their laundry load; what colors and patterns actually keep a home cleaner; and how to set up an inexpensive home retreat). While some design books take themselves too seriously or are overly complicated, this book contains light-hearted chapters such as TMS--Too Much Stuff Syndrome, The 7 Secrets of Highly Effective Closets, The Procrastinator's Guide to Purging, Your Astrological Cleaning Style, Sex Invest in comfort; Forget perfection; Enhance flow), offers readers a guaranteed way to cut clutter, minimize cleaning and increase comfort. The book explains the "stress-mess" connection and empowers readers to give their home a stress-mess makeover with easy, affordable fixes. Paula Jhung's two previous books on similar topics sold over 78,000 copies. She is a regular columnist for Family Circle's "Total Know-How" column, (circulation 19 million); an article or series of articles on Cleaning . . . is guaranteed to appear in the magazine.|
ISBN: 0757302408 Date Published on 10/17/2006
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|Describes how people have handled household tasks such as dusting, sweeping, and trash disposal since the Stone Age and discusses the invention of such cleaning items as the vacuum cleaner and dishwasher, the discovery of soap, and more. |
ISBN: 0531154114 Date Published on 10/17/2006
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|A complete step-by-step guide to building a commercial cleaning business from scratch.|
ISBN: 1558702067 Date Published on 10/17/2006
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|Who says cleaning has to be a chore? Thanks to Cindy Harris, cleaning can now be a pleasure. "Cleaning" is full of hints and tips to help you tackle every aspect of your home from bathtubs and basins to carpets and clogged drains. Follow Cindy's advice and transform your home into a sparkling sanctuary. Your friends and neighbours will be convinced you've hired outside help!|
ISBN: 1841728497 Date Published on 10/17/2006
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As imaginative as it is practical, Closets shows you in step-by-step detail how to create maximal useful and organized closets and storage spaces. Extensively illustrated with specific plans from top interior designers, this complete guide is the only book you will ever need to create superb closets from scratch or to renovate existing space, whether it is a kitchen cubbyhole, a child's closet, or a tailor-made bedroom walk-in. Closets outlines the contemporary approach to customizing existing closets or developing new ones with a range of innovative ideas including:
- Seven steps to defining your ideal closet
- Standard measurements for clothing and household items
- Professional's secrets on how to hang and fold clothing
- A complete rundown on easily available accessories-from shelves and racks to baskets, hooks, and hangers
Supplemented by a complete sources section of suppliers and services, providing readily available telephone numbers and addresses, Closets is the essential step-by-step guide to planning, customizing, and completing the perfect closet.
ISBN: 0802132286 Date Published on 9/7/2006
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|"Human beings feel a universal attraction to light. It is the source of life-giving energy . . . and where there is light there is color."|
"Color is light made visible," says Donald Kaufman," and the atmosphere of the air we breathe and the quality of the light passing through it affect how we see color." A wall painted terra cotta in Santa Fe will look very different than a wall painted terra cotta in New York. By understanding the nature of the light and atmosphere in the place where you live, paint palettes for rooms can be selected that will enhance the light and create luminous effects.
In these inspiring pages filled with breathtaking rooms, Kaufman and Dahl have visited homes in different regions of the country and explored the particularities of the light and air in each to show how colors were chosen to enhance the available light. Whether it be the veiled light of the South and Northwest, the dry air and harsh light of the desert, the misted light of northern cities, the incandescent light over water, the clear light of the mountains, or the glaring light reflected from snow, each has its own way of interacting with color indoors. The reader also learns that, just as colors change with the region, they vary with the seasons and times of day. Molecules of air, water vapor, ice crystals, nearby buildings, or the tree branches and leaves we see outside our rooms all interact with painted interiors. We come to understand that the colors on our walls need not be fixed but can reflect the subtle changes that happen outdoors.
In Kaufman and Dahl's Color: Natural Palettes for Painted Rooms, the authors transformed forever the way we see colors in nature and in the paint on our walls. In Color and Light, they take us one step further to help us understand the role of the kinds of light we live with and how we can bring the sun's warmth and luminosity inside.
ISBN: 0517704013 Date Published on 4/26/2006
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|"What color should I use?" is a question decorative painters ask themselves every day. With this guide they'll have the right answer, every time. Color for the Decorative Painter makes using color simple. Starting with the basic color wheel that shows how colors relate and react to one another, readers will learn how to achieve the effects they want, from the quiet serenity of a landscape, to the vibrant beauty of freshly cut flowers.
Best of all, this book is as fun as it is instructional, featuring ten step-by-step projects that illustrate color principles in action. As readers paint their favorite flowers, fruit or birds, they'll learn how to make color work the way they want it to. No second-guessing, just great-looking paintings and a whole lot of pleasure.
* The only full-size book on color theory for decorative painters
* 10 beautiful projects include clear, step-by-step photos and instruction
* Perfect for all beginner and intermediate decorative painters
ISBN: 1581800487 Date Published on 5/3/2006
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As part of Rockport’s best-selling Color Harmony ™ series, this book will enable both the professional interior designer as well and the average home decorator to transform and update nondescript rooms and furniture in a flash. By providing the reader with twelve decorating styles from which to choose, the process of combining just the right color, texture, and pattern for curtains, pillows, and upholstery, is made easy. Packed with expert design advice from the pros and over 400 fabric and pattern combinations to choose from, this book is the ultimate resource for creating style and atmosphere in your home. Each chapter includes the trademarked Color Harmony palettes, as well as the lifestyle associations of certain fabrics, the artistic, historic, and design origins of fabric combinations, and the specific moods that particular fabrics can evoke.
Whether it's viscose or velvet, broadcloth or brocade, choosing the right fabrics for a home can be overwhelming. From hemp to silk to manufactured fibers, the quality, texture, and patterns available today are astounding. Fabric Harmony is intended as a road map to guide you through the countless options; help you identify fabrics and their appropriate uses; and inspire you in utilizing fabrics throughout your home to create a mood that is right for you.
Each fabric has its own look and feel, a certain weight in the hand. Fabrics can stand alone or in combination to add a unique life, texture, motion, and emotion to a room. They can transform a monochromatic look from flat to flirtatious, make a modern, bold statement, or create a restful retreat from the outside world.
Home decorating with fabric is easy and rewarding. Simple accents such as pillow coverings, draperies, slipcovers, and tablecloths provide quick ways to add color to or change the mood of a room. More dramatic presentations such as floor-to-ceiling chintz, a treasured tapestry wall hanging, or an exotic canopied bed can create other worlds within a room. Fabrics can be modern, exotic, and on the cutting edge of design trends, or classic, refined, and enduring. They can be feminine or masculine or a combination of the two. Color palettes can range from cool, with overall neutrals, crisp whites, and watery pastels, to hot, featuring spicy flavors, robust earth hues, or rich jewel tones. In other words, designing with fabric is only as limited as your own imagination.
Fabric Harmony provides all the essential information of fabric types and content; demonstrates new ideas for designing with fabric—choosing colors, combining patterns, and introducing texture—for the look you want; and inspires the designer within to transform every room of the home with fabric. It is a compass that points the way to discovering styles to suit any space, any personality, and any lifestyle and guides you in creating the mood that you envision. Get inspired, get creative, and get started.
ISBN: 1564968561 Date Published on 6/15/2006