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Sensible ChicTotal Hits - 870  |  Hits Today - 1Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Respected interior designers showcased on the popular HGTV program offer tried-and-true decorating advice for all budgets and personal styles.

Includes rooms with designer looks and their low-cost alternatives.

Offers "make-a-statement" decorating ideas for remarkable living and family rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms.

More than a dozen easy-to-make projects with step-by-step instructions, estimated completion times, and materials costs—to help readers stretch their decorating dollars.

Helps home decorators make rooms look professionally designed through creativity, planning, and smart shopping.

An informative quiz helps readers identify their personal style.

Bonus shopping guide assists with choosing furnishings and accessories that suit budgets and tastes.

ISBN: 0696221322   Date Published on 7/7/2006
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Sew a Beautiful Window: Innovative Window Treatments for Every Room in the House Total Hits - 526  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Learn how to dress up any window with creative, unique and attractive window treatments.

In this new book, author Sally Cowan presents comprehensive information about window shapes; valances and cornices; cascades and swags; lined and unlined drapes; tiebacks; trims and braids; necessary hardware; as well as a guide to shades, blinds and verticals.

This is a book that walks the reader – novice to expert – through “pane-less” window treatments. Cowan guides the reader in planning the style of the window treatment and the importance of color and fabrics, and then leads into 40 quick, easy and inspiring projects.

-Explores new, never before seen window treatments -Covers all window types, even odd-shaped windows -Easy to follow step-by-step instructions with helpful photos and illustrations

ISBN: 0873492552   Date Published on 5/11/2006
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Sewing for Outdoor Spaces: Easy Fabric Projects for Porch, Patio, Deck, and GardenTotal Hits - 893  |  Hits Today - 1Rating:   Rating Average (8)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Easy, step-by-step fabric projects to decorate outdoor living spaces. 15 sewing projects for outdoor fabric dcor. Projects use the new performance fabrics that withstand outdoor conditions but look elegant and stylish. Patios, porches, decks, and gardens have become outdoor living spaces decorated for comfort and style. Behind this trend is the introduction of performance fabrics that hold up in outdoor conditions but look like elegant decorator fabrics. Sewing for Outdoor Spaces tells how to turn these popular fabrics into custom outdoor dcor. The step-by-step instructions include thick cushions and furniture pads, linens for dining al fresco, even a fun cabana. There are how-to photos throughout and tips on choosing, sewing, and cleaning performance fabrics. Sewing for Outdoor Spaces makes it easy and fun to decorate for outdoor living.
ISBN: 1589232291   Date Published on 11/3/2006
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Sewing for the Home Total Hits - 528  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Whether you're looking to sew a few new pillows for your sofa or to decorate a bare room, Sewing for the Home is exactly what you need. Packed with instructions for more than 50 classic home decor items, this book is one that will be used for years to come. The book begins with the basics of sewing for your home, including information on fabric, fiber and color selections, sewing machine equipment and notions, timesaving tips and advice.

The rest of the book is divided into four sections.

1. Windows-Offers a wide range of treatments, including tab top curtains, rod-pocket curtains, pinch-pleated drapes, and Roman shades.

2. Pillows-Covers forms and fillings, closures and cushions, and how-to's for many different pillow designs.

3. Tables-Includes instructions for a variety of tablecloths, placemats and cloth napkins.

4. Bed & Bath-Covers information on creating a new comforter, shams, dust ruffles and even shower curtains.

I bought my first house six months ago. My house needs curtains, seat cushions, wall hangings. And I'm new to all of this; while I'm just-past-novice at sewing and quilting, I've never even paid attention to how one constructs a pillow.

As a result, I've looked at several books about home decor, and I've bought a few. So far, this book has helped more than the rest of 'em put together.

First, it doesn't try to make you a specialist. I don't need to make curtains in dozens of styles; I just want to make a few ordinary ones that look nice. By separating the book into sections, I get the most common designs without the advanced stuff I don't expect to need, and I don't have to buy four books. (Well, I probably wouldn't have bought one for tables, anyway.)

Another advantage to its lack of specialization is that it includes a few items you wouldn't find elsewhere, such as instructions for making a shower curtain. As it happens, I'd already finished that project before I got this book, but these would have helped me just as well. (As an aside: after making a shower curtain from scratch, I'd never buy another one. It's so easy, and it looks wonderful.)

Also, this book gives very clear instructions, with photos that really DO show the process. It also doesn't make assumptions about your sewing skill, or your comfort with the equipment. For me, the "Aha!" moment came when it explained that it may be helpful to use a walking foot (more commonly used in quilting) to deal with heavy or bulky fabrics. I'd already ripped out the seams on a seat cushion *twice* by the time I read that, and had become disheartened with the project. Armed with that single bit of knowledge, the project was finished in a weekend.

I've another cushion project to start -- my husband is building a window seat -- and then it's time to begin on the curtains and window shades. I did buy a few curtain-specific books, but I suspect I'll turn to this one first.

This book is fantastic! It covers how-tos on all the basics! My experience with these kinds of books is that they'll show you how to make ruffled valances and rosette pillows, but never cover the basics, like how to make a cloth shade or a simple removable pillow case (ie. sans buttons and zippers which can intimidate the beginner). This book has it all, and also great hints for making the kinds of minor modifications that make a pillow/curtain truly "special." The best home deco sewing book I've seen.

ISBN: 1589230760   Date Published on 6/13/2006
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Sewing Stylish Home Projects : Over 30 Accessories for Your HomeTotal Hits - 255  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating

Accessories lend an existing room personality, character, and polish. In this book, interior designer Linda Lee shows readers how to add a special touch with pieces they make themselves at a fraction of what they would pay in the store. She provides instructions for pillows, napkins, curtains, lampshades, tablecloths, throws, runners, slipcovers, and more for four different rooms in four different styles: a modern country bedroom, Victorian parlor, Asian dining room, and Americana family room. With over 30 projects, Lee offers something to suit every budget, taste, and skill level. She walks readers through each one with clear patterns, step-by-step directions, and full-color photos of finished pieces.

 

ISBN: 1561583375   Date Published on 6/13/2006
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Sewing With Vintage Linens Total Hits - 214  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Creating home decor with vintage textiles is the latest hot sewing trend, fueled by the resurgence of interest in simpler times and lifestyles. A source of inspiration, ideas and projects, this exciting new book shows how to locate, purchase, prepare, and assemble vintage textiles to create home decor that reflects these comforting times in a fresh, new way.

More than 25 projects range in complexity from simple to advanced, including handkerchief pillows, memory quilts, slipcovers, and an upholstered ottoman. Includes all patterns as well as a fantastic photo gallery of inspirational projects.

This book had some really nce ideas for old and vintage items--I have a lot of craft books, this is one of my favorites!

After seeing Samantha McNesby's designs in numerous crafting magazines over the years, I knew that I would enjoy her new book. It's very well written and has easy to follow directions. I highly recommend it to those who love to sew.

ISBN: 0873495322   Date Published on 6/13/2006
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Shabby Chic Total Hits - 1007  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (37)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Valuable flea market finds...
A peeling, antique vanity in muted sea green...
An elegant, cracked chandelier...
An enormous, slipcovered sofa with deep, cushions...

Comfort, the beauty of imperfections, the allure of time-worn objects, and the appeal of simple practical living: these are the cornerstones of what has come to be known as the Shabby Chic style. Like the cosy familiarity of a well-worn pair of faded jeans, the dilapidated elegance of an Italian villa, or the worn grandeur of faded velvets and mismatched floral china handed down from your grandmother's attic, the Shabby Chic style is a revived appreciation for what is used, well-loved, and worn. It is a respect for natural evolution and a regard for what is easy and sensible.

The hundreds of lavish photographs in this book invite you inside the unique world of Shabby Chic. Rachel Ashwell, founder of the Shabby Chic home decor stores, for the first time provides her invaluable and much-sought-after advice on how to re-create Shabby Chic style in your own home. With engaging text and easy-to- follow instructions, Rachel details the Shabby Chic basics in a way that will put even the most apprehensive or novice decorators at ease. From flowers to fabrics to lighting, Rachel illuminates all of the elements essential to this unpretentious yet truly exquisite style.

A behind-the-scenes look at a flea market lets readers in on Rachel's personal secrets of how to cull hidden treasures from flea market trash--an old trunk, its paint peeling around the edges, can be given new life as a coffee table, while a chipped white iron salvage piece becomes the perfect frame for a vintage mirror. This book tells you not only how to restore these pieces but how to find the perfect place for them in your home. Gorgeous colour photographs and accompanying text reveal how this relaxed look works with a variety of different styles, from Victorian to Mediterranean to contemporary.

ISBN: 0060982047   Date Published on 5/26/2006
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Sheds and GaragesTotal Hits - 803  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (2)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
This is a completely new edition of Sunset’s perennial best-seller for backyard buildings. Centered around 15 detailed step-by-step projects for backyard builders, Sheds & Garages gives readers all they need to know to enhance the functionality as well as the beauty of their property. Structures from simple to advanced are covered along with detailed building illustrations and materials lists.
ISBN: 0376013761   Date Published on 9/6/2006
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Sheer Style Total Hits - 268  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Natural light lends a wonderful feeling of space to any home. Make the most of the available light in your house with Sheer Style. Illustrated throughout with full-color photos, easy-to-follow instructions, and design professionals' tips and tricks, Sheer Style is packed with ways to use romantic sheer fabrics and the very latest translucent materials. Create clever window treatments, imaginative room dividers and screens, and use them together with sheer accessories like bed canopies, shower curtains, and table linens to create a light-filled home.
ISBN: 1571456538   Date Published on 5/12/2006
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Shell Chic : The Ultimate Guide to Decorating Your Home With Seashells Total Hits - 3057  |  Hits Today - 0 Rating:   Rating Average (5)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Seashells -- exquisite bits of nature dressed in inspired form -- have long been a passion for people around the world. Colorful and curvaceous, shells have a complex natural geometry that is irresistible. Their warm palette of colors -- delicious pinks, deep lavenders, luminescent whites, and shades of silver and sand -- brings the soothing calm of the seashore into your home. Designing with shells hearkens back to the days of ancient grottoes, with their intricate and sophisticated designs, outrageous applications, and exotic allure. Yet shell design is a thoroughly contemporary art form, a creative way to awaken a deeper sensibility for these natural works of art. Shell Chic presents an overview of the work of many shell artists and their varied approaches to applying and designing with shells. The 35 projects featured in this lavishly photographed book enable readers to create richly marvelous objects, such as a child's claw-foot bathtub, a folding screen, an octopus chandelier, a shell-encrusted birdbath, paper mache masks, shell flower arrangements, and numerous projects to share with kids. This book will be savored for its sumptuous decorative flair, fabulous sense of fun, and practical advice on crafting with shells. The pages are filled with inspiration of all kinds, and shells have center stage.
ISBN: 158017440X   Date Published on 5/31/2006

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