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|Modern Country blends the quiet, simple elegance of classic country with a clean, modernist edge to create an entirely new interior genre. When classic country is infused with modern design, it becomes bolder. It offers a contemporary attitude, a confident feel that mixes periods, patterns, and pedigrees but embraces the element of restraint. As noted photo stylist and author Nancy Ingram says, "Mix it up and pare it down!" |
ISBN: 1586857827 Date Published on 3/21/2006
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With just a little inspiration from Country Living’s successful series, anyone can turn a small and awkward space into an appealing, cozy corner.
Every home has its tiny room, oddly shaped hallway, empty landing, or other difficult-to-decorate area—but these innovative and quick approaches are the first step in turning neglected spaces into models of decorative style. The topics covered range from Themes and Collections to Perfecting Your Palette; some of the ideas are as simple as varying the sizes of objects in a display to create visual interest. Other concepts—such as creatively mixing formal and informal elements—will free home decorators from tired and dull design tenets and bring “fresh air” into any décor. Smart tips and easy, enjoyable projects help jump-start the transformation, while detailed captions for the photos and many sidebars reveal exactly how the job was accomplished.
A Selection of the Homestyle Book Club.
ISBN: 1588165744 Date Published on 2/28/2006
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|From the New England saltbox to the Pennsylvania Dutch, from the southern colonial to the western ranch, the American farmhouse is an icon of our history and our traditions of hearth and home, an architectural entity in and of itself, as well as a highly coveted retreat for country dwellers. Conveyed throughout Farmhouse: Country Retreats in both images and words are the many qualities that make farmhouses special and the importance and pleasures of preserving and restoring these homes.Evocative images and lively descriptive commentary combine to create a fascinating inside look at what it is like to live in farmhouses across America-for those who are ready to inhabit these one-of-a-kind treasures with their singular histories or for those who are dreaming about it. Interspersed are detailed black and white drawings that reveal how these unique architectural styles originated and developed. In addition, a practical guide to choosing and living in a farmhouse is provided. Featured is a wealth of information about evaluating building elements, including roofs, windows, chimneys, and cellars; upgrading fireplaces and stoves for heat and utilizing porches and verandas for cooling; decorating with complementary and appropriate furnishings and wall coverings; and keeping the integrity and history of the buildings intact. More than two hundred photographs and drawings capture the essence of the American farmhouse in all of its charming, rustic glory. |
ISBN: 0789313510 Date Published on 11/29/2005
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Through beautiful and inspirational photographs, Country Living
's team of experts shows how to create a comfortable environment, take advantage of natural views, and incorporate color in the living room--and, as always in the Easy Transformations
series, arrows and sidebars make the images interactive and easy to use. Home decorators looking to revive their living rooms
will find a special focus on white-on-white rooms, colorful moods, displays, slipcovers, simple storage, and focal points. Want to encourage interaction among family and guests? Move the furniture
away from the walls
and toward the center of the room. Need to add warmth to the space? Try patterned kilim pillows and a richly-hued paisley throw. From modern living to cottage appeal, the look you want is here.
"Will inspire amateur decorators. Practical projects, such as pillow-making, are included. If patrons are looking for more ideas...[this] book will serve them well."--Library Journal
ISBN: 1588165035 Date Published on 9/1/2005
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|This book is gorgeous!! I would definately buy other titles by this interior designer. This book isn't for anyone who likes traditional, pristine rooms full of pricey new furnishings. If your decorating style is best expressed through an eclectic, artsy mix of vintage, shabby chic, old world/mediterranean, and rustic country furnishings, then you will LOVE this book! It isn't your typical decorating book full of repetitive photographs taken from popular magazines either. Both fresh and stylish, the lovely interior and exterior photographs will inspire the reader in creating their own unique and comfortable home. Two books that are similiar to this one are "Junk Style" by Melanie Molesworth, and "The Comforts of Home" by Atlanta Bartlett. I recommend all three titles. |
ISBN: 1841722022 Date Published on 1/1/2002
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Visit the acclaimed 19th-century Maryland farmstead that serves as home and studio to James Cramer and Dean Johnson—two greatly admired artists and craftsmen with a love for old-fashioned gardens, natural handcrafts, and homespun holiday celebrations. Season by season, through lush watercolors and photos, you’ll see how the grounds and the projects evolve. Live the country life, by making a myrtle topiary, wrapping autumn gift preserves, stitching Christmas angel-shoe decorations, and learning how to
collect country classic pieces.
ISBN: 0688144667 Date Published on 12/31/2001
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The sixth title in the best selling Smart Approach series, The Smart Approach to Country Decorating
addresses America's most popular decorating style. All loyal fans
and converts to the cozy country look will love this book. It is both a useful reference and an inspirational "dream" book. It explores the roots of country and lays the groundwork for creating the look in any home. Through words and pictures, readers will see the details, both interior and exterior, that add up to this well-loved style. The book also surveys a wide menu of timeless fabrics
, finishes, and furniture
. To sum up the country spirit, there is an ample sampling of country accessories and evocative collections from rustic to refined. Readers familiar with the Smart Approach series will recognize the friendly "Smart Steps" to a professional result, as well as the handy "Smart Tips" scattered throughout the book. Many big, beautiful color photographs invite readers into some of the prettiest country-decorated homes across the continent.
ISBN: 1580110819 Date Published on 10/28/2001