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Faux finishes and decorative paint techniques are the hottest trends in home decorating. Smart Guide: Decorative Painting shows you how to give your house and furnishings a fresh new look the quick and easy way. Dozens of ideas and simple instructions show you how to create magic with paint. All it takes is a few simple steps to transform your home using a few inexpensive tools. Featured techniques include: stenciling, sponging, combing, stamping, ragging, faux stone effects, crackling, and distressing. There are also instructions for painting stripes and plaids, as well as tips for handpainting.
ISBN: 1580112137 Date Published on 5/3/2006
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Smart Guide®: Trim shows readers how to select and install the right molding and trim for their homes. The book describes room preparation, tools, planning the layout, cutting molding and trim, installation, finishing techniques, and maintenance. Smart Guide: Trim covers a variety of trim types, including base, crown, and chair rail moldings, as well as window and door casings.
The SMARTGUIDE shows you how to select and install trimwork with the expertise of a professional.
- More than 290 full-color illustrations
- Over 25 color photographs
- Clear, concise step-by-step instruction
- Tips that help you save time, effort, and money
- Essential information to help you add value to your home
ISBN: 1580111408 Date Published on 7/3/2006
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|Smart Kitchen: How to Create a Comfortable, Safe, Energy-Efficient, and Environment-Friendly Workspace|
ISBN: 0960613870 Date Published on 8/21/2006
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Slipcovers and pillows are simple and stylish methods of transforming the look of your furniture without spending a fortune. Known for their practicality and versatility, slipcovers and pillows can also add color and design elements to any home decor. Easy Slipcovers & Pillows shows how to choose and create just the right covers and pillows for your chairs, stools, and sofas. With comprehensive photographic step-by-step instructions, each of the 25 original projects provides a professional-style guide to choosing shapes, colors, and fabrics, while an extensive techniques section details all the stitching skills you will need.
As the other reviewer has said this book has very good illustrations and in many steps. It answered many of the questions I had on mitered corners and other things and so I will be able to use the other book I bought sewing edges and corners. One of the best books I've seen on this topic and sewing. I will certainly buy other books by creative publishing hoping that they will be good as this one. So this book is recommended for beginners with some experience.
ISBN: 1580112250 Date Published on 6/13/2006
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Revive tired, worn, and threadbare furniture with these easy-to-follow lessons in upholstery. So Simple Upholstery offers clear, detailed advice and specially commissioned step-by-step photography that makes this subject accessible for even the newcomer. The book includes an introduction outlining the tools that readers need and explains how to successfully remove old material. From there, projects begin, ranging from a simple music stool to an elegant chaise lounge. Topics cover handling the practicalities of repairing innards, calculating new yardage, cutting pieces to fit properly, and achieving smooth coverage. The emphasis in this book is on practical household furniture - chairs, stools, sofas - as these pieces are used on a day-to-day basis. So Simple Upholstery encourages the reader to use the best materials and the most reliable techniques, so that furniture can enjoy a full and serviceable life!
ISBN: 1580112382 Date Published on 6/13/2006
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|So Simple Window Style is a comprehensive guide to choosing and creating perfect curtains, drapes, and shades for every style and shape of window. With photographic step-by-step instructions for every one of the thirty-five original projects, each design is a real solution to a real window problem, whether it is a set of floor-length eyelet curtains for a garden room or a pair of lavish double curtains for a period home. Interior designers Gail Abbott and Cate Burren provide a professional-style guide to choosing shapes, colors, and fabrics, while an extensive techniques section details all the stitching skills needed. Projects range from simple ideas that can be completed in an afternoon to complete curtain schemes; a throwover lawn curtain trimmed with beads adds charm in a couple of hours, while a set of classic lined Roman blinds with shaped valances provides lasting chic.|
ISBN: 1580112447 Date Published on 5/11/2006
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Making your own soft furnishings is an inexpensive and surprisingly simple way of transforming your home. Soft Furnishings & Designer Trims,
with step-by-step illustrated instructions for a host of attractive projects, shows you just how easy redecorating can be.
Including projects for making fitted sheets and plain pillowcases, Roman shades and pinch pleat curtains, slip covers and basic table linen.
Along with chair covers that can be made in under an hour, a stenciled comforter, a child's beanbag, no-sew lampshades and every conceivable pillow style.
A section on designer trims, devoted to those special finishing touches, completes the home-decorating picture.
ISBN: 1564262502 Date Published on 6/21/2006
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Have you just moved into your first home, or are you ready to give your existing home a new look? This inspirational, yet comprehensive sewing course covers the range of skills necessary to design and make your own soft furnishings for one of the key rooms in the home, the living room. The 25 projects include items simple enough for beginners to make, but the level of designs will also appeal to those with more advanced skills. The book includes: Choice and use of materials and equipment, selecting styles, advice on colour and pattern and customizing; estimating fabric quantities; care of soft furnishings, Ideas for dressing windows, including lined and interlined curtains with machined and handmade headings, Roman blinds and tab-top curtains, Window treatments, including a simple throw-over swag, pelmets (valances) and traditional and plaited tiebacks, All kinds of covers, from basic throws to round tablecloths, stools and chair covers, Cushions -- pads and piping, cords and tassels, buttoned and zipped cushions, bolsters and box cushions Even if it is just one room, most of us enjoy having some space to call our own and the desire to make our surroundings look, and feel, comfortable is a natural instinct within us. Soft furnishings are one of the quickest ways to achieve a new look in an interior and while hiring professionals to do this can be an expensive process, making up your own designs can save a lot of money and is also fun to do.
Soft Furnishings for Living Rooms is designed to take the student through a carefully structured course for one of the key rooms in the home, beginning with the simplest door curtain, throw-over swag and basic cushion with cords and tassels, and leading on to more advanced projects such as a Roman blind, swags and tails, footstools and bolster and box cushions. The book is divided into five chapters: Getting Started, Dressing Windows; Window Accessories; Covers and Cushions. Each chapter starts with an easy project for a beginner to tackle and builds up to intermediate and more advanced designs. The 25 projects themselves have been carefully selected to provide a mix of traditional and contemporary techniques and ideas. All are accompanied by clear, step-by-step instructions and diagrams and over 90 beautifully styled photographs, making them accessible and achievable, whatever your level of skill. Once you have worked your way through this course, which has been designed by Miriam Coe, an ex-tutor of the renowned Liberty Sewing School, you should feel confident enough to make any soft furnishing project for the living room.
ISBN: 0713480416 Date Published on 6/21/2006