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Simple Solutions: Kitchens (Simple Solutions) Total Hits - 476  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (1)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
No wonder the kitchen is usually the most-remodeled room in the house--it's the home's "nerve center," a warm and cozy place for family to gather, for hosting small, informal parties, and for cooking up a storm. How will you make it work for you? Hundreds of solutions to your most common kitchen problems appear here with imaginative, inspiring ideas ranging from total makeovers to simple touches that turn it into the highlight of your home. Pick and choose from design schemes for new cabinets, appliances, counters and other preparation surfaces, clean-up accessories, direct and indirect lighting, seating, and so much more. Both showcase and workplace, at last your kitchen can express your lifestyle and taste.
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ISBN: 1402708688   Date Published on 8/23/2006
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Simple Trompe L'Oeil: 20 Stylish Projects Using Stencils and Faux Finishes Total Hits - 483  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (1)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating

Trompe l'oeil paint effects are among the most stunning and effective decorative treatments for walls, furniture and objects. The daunting idea of creating such breathtaking effects however, can be easy with the wealth of simple techniques and ideas provided here.

Decorative artist Mary MacCarthy explains the necessary stenciling techniques:

  • tracing and cutting stencils
  • using templates
  • mixing paints and making glazes and varnishes
  • painting with stencils
  • using different brushstrokes to create shading and perspective
  • creating the basic shapes of vases, plates and panels.

Through a series of 20 projects, she shows how easy it is to create extraordinary visual effects by using templates and repeating patterns and motifs, rather than trying to paint freehand. Faux finishes are equally simple to create and the combinations of stonework or woodgrain with stenciled motifs are stunning. Using ragging, dragging, stippling, and more, Mary MacCarthy progresses from simple mural painting to wood marquetry.

There are step-by-step instructions and photographs for a Delft tile backsplash, an Etruscan firescreen, a bamboo-effect sidetable; a marbled fireplace, chinoiserie plates, an alphabet block headboard, a scagliola work inlaid tabletop, Dado panels, and a picket-fence frieze that would be perfect for a hall or sunroom.

Template designs are provided and all the projects are accompanied by illustrative photography, comprehensive step-by-step instructions, hints and style idea sidebars and material lists. Simple Trompe L'Oeil is as easy to use as it is beautiful and inspiring.

ISBN: 1552096343   Date Published on 5/3/2006
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Simple Upholstery and Slipcovers: Great Looks for Every RoomTotal Hits - 260  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Using basic tools and techniques, you can make any of more than 50 fabulous projects, covering major types of upholstery and re-upholstery, covering and re-covering. Some projects can even be completed in a few hours! Footstools, dining room and easy chairs, love seats—give almost any item in your home a quick and easy face-lift! "'ll find this book helpful regardless of your sewing

Beginning with coverage of the basics--fabric types and characteristics, welting and trims, tools, cutting and sewing directions--this book offers solid information on using upholstery to transform the look of a room. From the simplest additions (pillows and loose coverings) to the more complex pieces (tailored slipcovers and reupholstery), the projects are well explained and appealing, and include interesting variations such as incorporating decorative buttons and ties or upholstering a table. In addition to detail photos of work in progress, several full-room photos offer ideas for coordinating the total look of a room.

Instead of dashing out to buy new furniture, it is once again in vogue to change the look of sofas and chairs with slipcovers. This manual explains basic terminology, measuring techniques, and how certain fabrics are easier to handle when sewing cushions or stitching cover-ups. Beginners will certainly be challenged by a variety of difficult projects, but Parks also shows charming, simple ways to transform chairs, stools, and ottomans with appealing loose-fitting covers. Advanced methods, such as reupholstering a classic wing chair, are shown in photographs that clearly illustrate the necessary stages in the process, from stripping old covers to padding, cutting, fitting, and stapling on new material. Alice Joyce

Some people get books like this because they want to see how things are done but rarely do they actually do a project. I on the otherhand am a doer and not just a looker. This book makes doing it easier.

Just over 140 pages long this is a book that really gave me the step by step info on how to both make slipcovers which are a European maindstay as well as how to redo upholdtery of chairs and sofas.

The authors covers everything from what type of fabric to use to preparing it ahead of time re: washing and sizing. On pages 56-66 she gives a step by step with photos instructions on how to do a slipcover for a couch that is of sound construction.

Pages 67 thru 71 a club chair is redone. But it is the tailored slipcovers starting on page 73 which I can do and do well. The Quick Tied cover for a chair on 87 is just perfect for those of us who live the casual California lifestyle or for someone in a small cottage on Marthas Vineyard.

The book covers Materials; Tools and Equipment; Cushions and Pillows; Simple Coverups; Making a Tailored Slipcover; Tailored Slipcover Projects; Quick Upholstery; Reuposletring a Chair; Upoholstery Projects. The issues of padding and stuffing, webbing, tying spring cord, threads, zippers, tacks, welt, sewing and sizing are all covered.

See if your library has the book. Then take your time, and plan well and measure twice and cut once and pin and baste and you will discover that you not only can redo your own furniture but have fun and probably save money as well.

ISBN: 080698158X   Date Published on 6/15/2006
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Simple-to-Sew Slipcovers & Cover-UpsTotal Hits - 232  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
“Refurbish a sofa for the new season, transform folding chairs into superb party seating...and brighten any room with a splash of color...just a few of the bright ideas in this beautifully photographed collection.”—Vogue Patterns. “This practical project book features simple covers for fashioning a different mood or concealing storage space.”—SewNews

"...this practical project book features simple covers for fashioning a different mood or concealing storage space. With step-by-step instructions, large line drawings and color photos, the author illustrates how to sew an appealing assortment of table, bed and pillow covers. Another chapter details slipcovers, skirts and cushions for dressing up side chairs and stools."—Sew News.

Whether you're trying to show off a piece of furniture or to generate some secret storage space, slipcovers do the trick...beautifully! Try this imaginative collection of sewing projects for new looks, facelifts, clever concealers, and special holiday decorations. Projects feature a variety of tablecloths, skirts that decorate and hide, seat cushions, chairback covers, bar stools covers, duvets, as well as embellishments such as pleats, ruffles, shaped hems, ties, and shades, made by stamping, stenciling, embroidery, ribbon trims, and laminating.
ISBN: 0806901934   Date Published on 6/15/2006
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Simplicity's Quick and Easy Sewing for the Home Windows Total Hits - 281  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Simplicity brings you a collection of 30 easy-to-make window treatments for every room in your home. From formal "puddled" draperies to a no-sew butterfly swag, you'll find a window treatment that fits your decor. You'll learn how to make a variety of shades, swags, cafe curtains, draperies, tiebacks, and valances - all from Simplicity's best-selling patterns.
ISBN: 0875969666   Date Published on 5/12/2006
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Simplified Design of Building Lighting (Parker/Ambrose Series of Simplified Design Guides) Total Hits - 243  |  Hits Today - 1Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Uses a simple and practical approach to cover typical components and design of ordinary, uncomplicated systems for building lighting basics. Both natural lighting and electrical lighting are included and both the Commission Internationale d'Eclairage and IESNA methods are introduced for daylighting calculations. An expanded version of the point method is shown that covers all orientations instead of only orthogonal relationships. Along with terms and fixtures commonly used in the profession, each chapter includes numerous examples, ending with exercises and study questions that enable readers to better understand the material.
ISBN: 0471532134   Date Published on 4/25/2006
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Simply Curtains: 50 Creative Ideas for Drapes, Blinds and Pelmets Total Hits - 255  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Simply Curtains: 50 Creative Ideas for Drapes, Blinds and Pelmets
ISBN: 1854702432   Date Published on 10/2/2006
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Simply Paint It! With Delta: Techniques to Personalize Your Home Total Hits - 276  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (1)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Delta Paint's finest designers lead readers step-by-step through 75 beautiful, home-enhancing projects. Add magnificent detail to everyday items, including dishware, home decor, patio and garden items, gifts, and projects for holidays and special occasions. It's easy to add creative accents to home decor with easy-to-follow directions and photos. Not only do these projects add lovely, personal detail, but painters will be amazed at what they can accomplish on a budget. Each section begins with a technique taught by an experienced designer. Then, that technique is incorporated throughout the section. With Delta's quality products and expertise, readers will walk away with a wide array of beautiful, hand-made projects, plus skills they can use again and again.
ISBN: 0873417887   Date Published on 5/8/2006
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Simply Slipcovers Total Hits - 730  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Give your furniture a fresh new face with simply slipcovers.whether you love the cozy, rumpled look or a more tailored approach, this book offers a wealth of exciting design ideas. Twenty step-by-step projects for sofas, chairs, futons, and ottomans are fully illustrated to help you sew and modify slipcovers to fit your furniture and your style. Detailed instructions cover everything from estimating yardage and selecting fabric to cutting, sewing and fitting techniques. For the beginner, simply slipcovers offers no--sew options, while more advanced seamstresses will find new and creative design options in Designer details. Refurbish your furniture wardrobe with confidence using simply slipcovers!

"Slipcovers are to furniture what clothing is to the body," declares this creative, common-sense guide. "They camouflage, dress up or down, give character, and convey style." They can transform an ordinary item into something exciting that helps make a room work. Less pricey than new furniture or reupholstery, they can nevertheless be somewhat costly when custom-made--unless you learn to make them yourself. Simply Slipcovers is an excellent choice for this purpose. In keeping with Sunset's winning how-to series format (see also Simply Window Treatments and Simply Upholstery), the book offers a common-sense approach to choosing style, fabric, and trim, supplementing its extensive step-by-step instructions with good, clear photos and diagrams. In addition to actual construction information, the 20 projects explain measuring and cutting (with measuring diagrams and cutting layouts) and include loads of great tips on achieving a professional appearance. Besides cover-ups for futon, daybed, and ottoman, and both simple tailored and elaborately swagged sofa designs, projects feature various chair styles, from easy folding- and dining-chair disguises to skirted armchair and welted wing chair covers. Several projects also feature "designer details," ideas for finishing touches like contrasting borders, decorative bows and binding, or pleated swags. The "basics" section explains yardage calculations for many types of soft furnishings, cutting and fitting directions, general construction techniques, and an overview of essential equipment. Although some pieces require advanced sewing skills, many can be handled by the novice. --Amy Handy
I know the very basics of sewing--how to thread the sewing machine and where to put your foot to make the needle go up and down. I bought 2 books on slipcovers and this one is my favorite. It covers all of the basics for beginners like me, yet it includes beautiful, detailed covers for the advanced. I hope I'll be making slipcovers with the best of you in the near future. I'm really happy that I bought Simply Slipcovers.
This book is full of ideas,encouragement,and inspiration. It's directions are clear and easy to understand. While promoting creativity and personalization of your project, it gives you the basics needed for selecting fabric and style, measuring, cutting and sewing. I am not terribly skilled at my sewing machine, but with the help of this book, slipcovers are now in my repertoire.
I know the very basics of sewing--how to thread the sewing machine and where to put your foot to make the needle go up and down. I bought 2 books on slipcovers and this one is my favorite. It covers all of the basics for beginners like me, yet it includes beautiful, detailed covers for the advanced. I hope I'll be making slipcovers with the best of you in the near future. I'm really happy that I bought Simply Slipcovers.
ISBN: 0376015144   Date Published on 6/13/2006
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Simply Upholstery Total Hits - 249  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Add comfort and sophisticated style to virtually any room in your house with Simply Pillows. From whimsical treatments for a child's bed to today's hottest decorating trends, Simply Pillows takes you through the basics of selecting materials and sewing techniques all the way to intricate designer finishing details. Instructions, illustrations, and photographs for 30 projects will inspire you to create an infinite variety of pillows, bolsters, and cushions to suit your own decor needs.

More involved than constructing a slipcover, upholstering furniture means giving an item a new identity that it will wear like skin. Understanding the layers of fabric, trimming, padding, and webbing that give a chair or a sofa its curves and contours can seem like learning a new language. How do you handle the practicalities of repairing the old innards, calculating new yardage, cutting pieces to fit properly, and achieving smooth coverage, let alone the aesthetic considerations of determining the appropriate fabric and trim choices? Simply Upholstery takes the guesswork out of all these problems and more, in straightforward, thorough, step-by-step instructions, supplemented by excellent color diagrams. Since individual furniture pieces vary so widely in design and dimension, the general directions are geared toward solid basic technique that can be applied to many styles of sofas and chairs. To show the entire process in action, the final section offers detailed color photos tracking all 50 steps of reupholstering a traditional wing chair. Like other volumes in Sunset's winning how-to series format (see also Simply Window Treatments and Simply Slipcovers), this pragmatic, careful approach brings a somewhat complicated subject down to a level that even newcomers can understand. --Amy Handy
This book won't leave you wondering if you have all of the information. This book is an excellent book for beginners. It explains everything from what tools you will need to tips from the pros. You dont need another book when you buy this one. Great Find for my first upholstery book.

This book is not, and does not claim to be, the last word on all aspects of upholstery. But it is loaded with most of the basic information and step-by-step instructions that a home do-it-yourselfer would need. It is lavishly illustrated with numerous clear full-color illustrations and photos. I found it extremely helpful; excellent for the do-it-yourselfer as well as for the more serious student of upholstery who's looking for a place to start. (Its only shortcoming was not listing any sources for buying supplies.)
Written in easy to understand terms with lots of illustrations. This is a great book that explains how to reupholster several types of furniture pieces while teaching you the pro's tricks, so you get up to speed quickly!
ISBN: 0376011858   Date Published on 6/13/2006

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