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Japanese Cabinetry Total Hits - 1977  |  Hits Today - 1Rating:   Rating Average (20)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
This volume reveals how the making of tansu cabinetry combined the traditions of the joiner, blacksmith, and finisher in the days before the industrialization of the process. The color illustrations of the merchant, household, and personal cabinetry and the beautiful reproductions of Meiji era hand-colored photos and Edo period prints reveal the essential details of the simple but beautiful pieces. The text by tansu collector Jackson provides historical context and includes an interior design chapter that documents the use of such cabinetry in Western homes. Oversize: 11x12.25". Annotation c. Book News, Inc.,Portland, OR
ISBN: 1586851136   Date Published on 9/15/2006
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Jazz Up Your Junk With Linda Barker: Fabulous Furniture Makeovers from the Star of Bbc-Tv's ChangingTotal Hits - 1270  |  Hits Today - 1Rating:   Rating Average (1)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Transform garage sale finds, family cast-offs, and other junk into uniquely personal decorative pieces. Let a notable interior design star teach you everything you need to turn trash into treasure. Full-color photographs detail every step of twenty fabulous projects that range in style from traditional country floral to contemporary chic. A battered floor lamp gets a new lease on life with fake silver gilding; a plain single bed becomes a young gifts fantasy mini four-poster; a dull, double-fronted wardrobe gets a face-lift to become a French-style armoire. Other projects include chairs, cupboards, tables, a writing desk, screen, footstool, washstand, and more. Many popular decorative techniques are used, such as gilding, mosaic, paint effects, stenciling, applique, and etching to create stunning effects on wood, glass, metal, and fabric. Home decorators will enjoy learning new craft skills, gaining creative inspiration, and ending up with fantastic furnishings for next to nothing! A Selection of BOMC's Country Book Club.
Junk abounds--some of us have basements and attics full of it, while others seek it out at flea markets and yard sales. The secret is determining which pieces have the potential to take on a new life, becoming decorative and useful items that lend character to a room. Linda Barker has a sure eye for recognizing the ugly duckling and bringing out its inner swan, with the help of paint, fabric, basic craft supplies, and occasionally some simple carpentry. In her book, Jazz up Your Junk, chairs, tables, armoires, and more are stenciled, decoupaged, glass-etched, and sometimes given minor surgery (nailing two side supports to the top of a sturdy coffee table, for instance, cleverly turns it into a vanity-table bench). Not every project is a stunning success (the floor lamp still looks dated despite its silver leaf; the punched tin seems out of place on the massive doors of the tallboy unit) but most are attractive. Best of all, Barker shows us the "before" pictures as well as the in-progress and "after" shots, and explains what attracted her to each piece, thus instructing readers on how to recognize a good piece of junk when you find it and how to approach its transformation. --Amy Handy

Everyone, including the redoubtable Martha Stewart, is into junk. Whether it is stripping or touching up old varnish, decorators in the U.S. and Britain advise crafters to haunt all types of shops and garage sales for sturdy, nonvaluable merchandise to transform. And, of all the counselors, BBC-TV's Barker provides the best kind of do-it-yourself advice, beginning with lines and styles to look for and concluding with 20 start-to-finish projects. For each, she includes lists of materials and equipment, before and after illustrations, and step-by-step color photographs of various techniques, such as mosaics, tinwork, faux etching, applique, and decorative painting. A tired hassock becomes a saucy harlequin pouffe for feet, while a nondescript armoire is elevated to a gingham-colored kid's storage unit. Proof that "junque" is the same in any language, but design talent is not. Barbara Jacobs

This book contains projects for transforming cast-off, damaged furniture into beautiful, decorative pieces using wood cutwork, d?coupage, or detailed painting. Each project shows a before and an after photograph of the piece and contains clear, well-illustrated instructions. Although similar to the projects found in Sheila McGraw's Painting & Decorating Furniture (LJ 1/98), Barker's projects are a bit simpler, which will make this book particularly appealing to beginners. A good purchase for public libraries.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Linda Barker is a wealth of knowledge and know-how. She's got endless ideas that an average gal like myself can do without a second thought. This book allows that dusty junk in the basement to become a great new piece in your home. She's got so many creative and cheap ideas in this book. The amount of creativity is never-ending. Her work is so easy and natural. Great for Everyone!

 

ISBN: 0715308327   Date Published on 6/15/2006
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Jazzy Jars: Glorious Gift Ideas Total Hits - 1163  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (3)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
A jar can be two gifts in one, if it's filled with candy, cookies, tea, coffee, herbs, bath salts or other culinary treats or fragrant offerings--and decorated on the outside to display what's on the inside. Jar crafts are great for holidays or any special occasion. Featured are dozens of different jar projects, all with simple illustrated instructions, include a variety of styles including paint, stencilling, fabric, faux glass stain, lighting, etching, decoupage, transfers.
ISBN: 0806968737   Date Published on 5/2/2006
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Jed Johnson : Opulent Restraint Total Hits - 1481  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (8)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Jed Johnson: Opulent Restraint is the first book to chronicle the fascinating career, work and times of an interior design superstar whose life was cut short in 1996 by the disastrous explosion of TWA Flight 800. From humble beginnings in Minnesota, Johnson rose to prominence in nineteen-seventies New York, via the Warhol Factory, to the highest echelons of the rarified world of design and decoration. His impressive celebrity client list included Pierre Bergé, Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, Richard Gere, and Barbara Streisand. Yet, with success and acclaim, he never lost his shy humility, generous spirit and quiet grace. Through a series of essays, project photographs and personal pictures we trace the influences on his nascent career, his special relationship with Andy Warhol and his magical affect on others. Many never-before-seen photographs are included by important photographers, among them: Cecil Beaton, Francesco Scavullo, Billy Name, Jack Mitchell, John Hall, Elizabeth Heyert and Warhol himself. Opulent Restraint is a must have book for every interior design office and for those interested in the fascinating Warhol years in New York. Interior Design magazine called Johnson “a great talent” whose “spirit lives on in a stunning legacy of interior design.”
ISBN: 0847827143   Date Published on 5/31/2006
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Jeffrey Bilhuber's Design Basics : Expert Solutions for Designing the House of Your Dreams Total Hits - 942  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
From one of the most respected and recognized names in the field of interior design comes an empowering book which demonstrates that great design is accessible to everyone.

A beautiful house is something we all deserve, but it often seems beyond our ability to achieve. With the appealing, accessible message that great interior design is as simple as knowing your own taste, Jeffrey Bilhuber's Design Basics demystifies the decorating process. He covers:

- Space: how to construct an inviting furniture plan
- Scale: how to establish a relationship between your belongings
- Color: how to approach painting with liberation-not trepidation
- Materials and details: how to bring personality to your rooms with unexpected fabrics and finishes
- Living: how to use your house to invite joy into your life

With a list of tried-and-true designer-tested paint colors, and over 100 color photographs, Jeffrey Bilhuber's Design Basics is a sublime and inspiring sourcebook, perfect for the first-time decorator and anyone who has dreamed of hiring her own interior designer.
ISBN: 0847825647   Date Published on 7/7/2006
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Jewish Carpets : A History and GuideTotal Hits - 1240  |  Hits Today - 2Rating:   Rating Average (2)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
This is the first book ever written about Jewish carpets. The history of these rugs goes back nearly 4,000 years and offers a unique and novel insight into Jewish culture through the centuries as well as into cross-cultural history. Background documentation ranges widely through descriptions taken from the Bible, Roman and Talmudic writings, the riches of the Genizah, the reports of medieval travellers, as well as archaeology and folklore. One hundred individual carpets woven in Israel, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Greece, Bulgaria and the Ukraine are illustrated in colour and accompanied by individual commentaries and statistical information. These carpets range in date from the fourteenth century to the present day. The book describes the many varied purposes for which the carpets were woven. It surveys the religious carpets hanging as protection for the Ark in the synagogue and as pointers to Jerusalem in the home. It examines the early Zionist carpets which forged a new post-Ghetto Jewish identity, directing people towards the Bible lands at the same time as creating skills and work there. It covers the fascinating carpets from ORT (the Organization for Rehabilitation through Training) in which we find socialist symbols surprisingly interwoven with Jewish symbols. It also reviews some remarkably fine Islamic carpets signed by Jews.
ISBN: 1851492593   Date Published on 5/5/2006
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Joan Kohn's It's Your Kitchen: Over 100 Inspirational Kitchens Total Hits - 4132  |  Hits Today - 2 Rating:   Rating Average (3)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Joan Kohn, the host, writer, and associate producer of HGTV's hit show, Kitchen Design, uncovers the details and decisions that go into planning a dream kitchen, and presents many ideas with her elegant yet accessible approach to interior design. Hardwood floors or linoleum? Marble countertops or formica?When designing or renovating a kitchen, there are a million choices, and each one must reflect personal taste, lifestyle, and budget. Now, Joan Kohn offers advice to help readers get the kitchen they've always dreamed of. Richly illustrated with 230 full-color photographs of beautiful kitchens by top designers and architects, JOANKOHN'S IT'S YOUR KITCHEN will inspire readers to make the best possible decisions with the myriad of design choices that are available today. Organized by concept, this book teaches readers to think like a designer. Broken into two parts, 'Design Essentials,' addresses such considerations as budget, style, assessing the existing kitchen, working with a design team and sustaining one's personal vision. 'The Five Building Blocks of Kitchen Design,' covers function, space, floor plans, and personal touch. Readers will learn how to confront the critical design choices that will turn their kitchen dream into a reality.
ISBN: 0821228005   Date Published on 9/4/2006
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Joy to the World: Painting Holiday Heirlooms Total Hits - 822  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (7)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
With these nine step-by-step projects from renowned decorative painter John Gutcher, readers will learn how to paint their favorite Christmas themes, including Santas, angels, elves and more, on everything from glittering ornaments to festive albums.

Giving them the flexibility to paint in either acrylics or oils, John provides plenty of practical guidance for choosing supplies, mixing colors, creating values, and mastering the basics of portrait painting. He even makes learning those tricky details simple with special tips for painting fur, richly textured clothing and realistic flesh tones.

* Holiday themes are extremely popular among decorative painters
* Includes 9 fun, fabulous step-by-step projects
* Perfect for holiday gifts!
* Includes detailed instruction in the basics of portraiture

ISBN: 158180105X   Date Published on 5/2/2006
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Judith Miller Guide to Period Style Curtains and Soft Furnishings Total Hits - 1180  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
There is no style so coveted in interior decoration as authentic period style, and there is no name so identified with period style decorating as Judith Miller. This beautifully illustrated book provides detailed instructions on how to create authentic period looks using curtains, draperies, and soft furnishings. Included are photographs of a wide range of period rooms with step-by-step sewing instructions for 14 projects and inspiration for hundreds more.

From tapestry cushions to four-poster bed hangings, from swagged and tailed window coverings to wing chair covers--every aspect of period draperies and soft furnishing is covered, including photographs of swatches of classic fabrics still available today and backed up by a directory of international suppliers of these period-style fabrics. With hundreds of period ideas shown in more than 450 full-color photographs and step-by-step diagrams, Judith Miller's Guide to Period-Style Curtains and Soft Furnishings is the essential guide for home and professional decorators alike.

"[Judith Miller's] latest book is full of elegant and simple period rooms with stunning window treatments and a trove of other decorating ideas."--Better Homes and Garden's Window & Wall Ideas
ISBN: 1585670545   Date Published on 9/15/2006
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Judith Miller's Guide to Period-Style Curtains and Soft Furnishings Total Hits - 1173  |  Hits Today - 1Rating:   Rating Average (2)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
There is no style so coveted in interior decoration as authentic period style, and there is no name so identified with period style decorating as Judith Miller. This beautifully illustrated book provides detailed instructions on how to create authentic period looks using curtains, draperies, and soft furnishings. Included are photographs of a wide range of period rooms with step-by-step sewing instructions for 14 projects and inspiration for hundreds more.

From tapestry cushions to four-poster bed hangings, from swagged and tailed window coverings to wing chair covers--every aspect of period draperies and soft furnishing is covered, including photographs of swatches of classic fabrics still available today and backed up by a directory of international suppliers of these period-style fabrics. With hundreds of period ideas shown in more than 450 full-color photographs and step-by-step diagrams, Judith Miller's Guide to Period-Style Curtains and Soft Furnishings is the essential guide for home and professional decorators alike.

"[Judith Miller's] latest book is full of elegant and simple period rooms with stunning window treatments and a trove of other decorating ideas."--Better Homes and Garden's Window & Wall Ideas --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
ISBN: 0879516887   Date Published on 5/11/2006

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