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Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic Treasure Hunting and Decorating Guide Total Hits - 1877  |  Hits Today - 1Rating:   Rating Average (28)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Put the living back into living room. Forget your worries when a dish breaks and you are left with seven, not eight, dinner plates. Top designer and creator of the Shabby Chic furniture line Rachel Ashwell, who has scoured flea markets since she was a child and is a set designer in Hollywood, provides countless tips for decorating inexpensively in a timeworn style. Learn the trade secrets so that you, too, can find the treasures to make your home and wardrobe charming and chic.
ISBN: 0060392088   Date Published on 6/1/2006
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Rag RugsTotal Hits - 1039  |  Hits Today - 2Rating:   Rating Average (18)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Packed with practical projects, Rag Rugs includes striking pattern ideas and inspirational examples to get you started in creating your own works of wall and floor art.
ISBN: 078580658X   Date Published on 5/7/2006
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Rag Rugs (The Art of Crafts) Total Hits - 1399  |  Hits Today - 1Rating:   Rating Average (12)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Rag rugs have been a feature of American homes since the middle of the 19th century. Warm and hard-wearing, they can be made from recycled clothing, blankets, or any other scrap textiles. Designs and colors vary from subtle natural patterns to bold, bright compositions, all displaying the unique versatility of the craft. In Rag Rugs, Ann Davies explains the various techniques, including the hand techniques of hooky and proddy and the plethora of gadgets designed to make the job easier. Highly illustrated with 120 color photos as well as diagrams, the book includes advice on dyeing fabrics in the microwave, cutting by hand and other methods, and working with and without a frame; it also looks at various backing materials and methods of finishing edges. Providing an excellent overview of the work of modern rag rug makers, this book will also be of interest to textile artists.
ISBN: 1861262299   Date Published on 5/7/2006
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Rag Rugs of England and America (The Decorative Arts Library)Total Hits - 1045  |  Hits Today - 1Rating:   Rating Average (14)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Rag rugs were made by women, now mostly unknown, from the remnants to hand in their daily lives. The best designs were those inspired by nothing more than the view from the maker's window, and fashioned into a rug with scraps of worn-out children's clothes or husband's breeches or old flannel petticoats.

This book looks at rag rug-making throughout the last two centuries, describing the basic home-made apparatus of hooks and wooden frames, the patient, repetitive techniques employed by the rug-makers and their often astonishing results.

Some designs are crude, others fastidious and fine, some colours are sombre, some bright. Subjects range from abstract geometric patterns to ships at sea to the family cat. In all cases, however, the rugs brought colour into austere and improverished homes and their manufacture occupied long winter evenings of rural isolation.

ISBN: 074451892X   Date Published on 5/7/2006
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Real Simple: The Organized Home Total Hits - 1707  |  Hits Today - 2Rating:   Rating Average (48)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Real Simple: The Organized Home
ISBN: 1933405368   Date Published on 9/2/2006
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Really Jazzy Pots : Glorious Gift Ideas Total Hits - 887  |  Hits Today - 1Rating:   Rating Average (15)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Those oh-so-ordinary red clay pots, available everywhere, can be transformed into some of the most imaginative containers you'd ever want. Buy them on the cheap, all sizes, then decorate them to enhance any space, indoors or out. Containers for plants are just the beginning. Among the 42 projects are garden ornaments and patio accessories, tool caddies, lamp bases, wind chimes, umbrella stands, kitchen canister sets, bath towel holders--even baking pans (complete with recipes). A colorful gallery showcases the work of six talented designers, with patterns and assembly-diagram instructions so you can make them yourself, and add your own distinctive touches. Techniques include painting, decoupage, stamping, and stenciling, as well as more advanced methods such as crackling, antiquing, and distressing.
ISBN: 140272439X   Date Published on 4/28/2006
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Recipes and Ideas: Lighting : Simple Solutions for the Home (Recipes & Ideas) Total Hits - 885  |  Hits Today - 1Rating:   Rating Average (7)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
At last--a comprehensive, practical reference for all your lighting needs. Recipes & Ideas: Lighting shows you how to transform any space using the elusive element of light. Organized room by room, this generously illustrated guide offers creative lighting solutions for a wide range of needs. With essential know-how, inspiration, and a dozen specific projects for solving familiar lighting problems, Recipes and Ideas: Lighting will show you how to make the small changes that can make a big difference in your home.
ISBN: 081182716X   Date Published on 4/25/2006
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Recipes and Ideas: Windows : Simple Solutions for the Home Total Hits - 925  |  Hits Today - 1Rating:   Rating Average (6)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Bargain Books are non-returnable.

Window pose both a challenge and an opportunity—how they are covered can change a room dramatically. Explore the myriad ways of dressing your windows using fabrics, screens, and a variety of contemporary decorating techniques. Adding curtains, drapes, or shutters, decorating the frame, sill, or even the windowpane are just a few of the ways you can alter or enhance the look and mood of any room. With numerous inspirational and practical ideas as well as 20 detailed design projects, Recipes & Ideas: Windows will show you how to do it yourself and achieve beautiful, professional results.

ISBN: 0811827208   Date Published on 5/11/2006
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Recipes for Paint Effects Total Hits - 817  |  Hits Today - 1Rating:   Rating Average (2)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
The inspirational companion for every creative home decorator.
ISBN: 075480609X   Date Published on 5/4/2006
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Recipes for Surfaces Total Hits - 1458  |  Hits Today - 1Rating:   Rating Average (14)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating

Recipes for Surfaces is a one-of-a-kind handbook that enables you to master decorative painting techniques for walls, floors, ceilings, and furniture as simply as you would use a cookbook: Just follow the recipes. This easy guide will show you how to create a variety of exciting surface effects for your entire home using the basic methods so popular today -- sponging, ragging, stippling, color washing, spattering, dragging, stenciling, marbling, and wood graining.

The straightforward format of Recipes for Surfaces gives you the tools to transform any aspect of your home with paint. More affordable than wallpaper, more personalized than solid-colored opaque paint, these painting techniques -- once the closely guarded secrets of painting professionals -- are not limited to walls, ceilings, or floors, but can be used on moldings, doors, and furniture as well -- as accents or to try out effects on smaller subjects. With Recipes for Surfaces as your guide, you can achieve professional and customized effects yourself -- with a lot of fun and no hassle. What makes this book so special and so different from many home decorating books is that -- like making a meal with your favorite recipes -- it allows, and in fact encourages, you to create a completely personal look that suits your own space, style, and budget. And, as your skill and confidence grow, Recipes for Surfaces will show you how to move beyond the basics with exciting and unique variations.

Recipes for Surfaces is organized for practical use, with clear concise explanations and full-color illustrations. Part One gives background and specific information on color, paint, and preparation, including advice on stocking up on the right paints and brushes, how to ready surfaces for painting, and how to store paints once you've finished. Helpful color charts supplement the discussion of how to mix and match colors for your taste and needs.

The second part of the book illustrates many painting techniques. Each of over 40 recipes can be followed independently and is rated accorded to difficulty from easy to more complex. The recipe itself includes a list of paints and other materials needed, tips on surfaces best suited to the technique, and painting advice -- all in a simple-to-read chart right on the page. Detailed step-by-step instructions outline each method and its variations with full-color photographs. As you master a fundamental recipe -- such as sponging on -- you can create many different looks, trying different colors and patterns with the same technique or combining various techniques to suit your needs.

The clearest, most concise guide of its kind, Recipes for Surfaces gives you the confidence and ability to create the painted interior that's right for you.

ISBN: 0671682490   Date Published on 4/27/2006

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