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The colors, textures, and versatility of polymer clay make it a perfect medium for creating faux surfaces--and these 30 recipes for special finishing, shaping, baking, and molding techniques will transform polymer's appearance. Craft gorgeous faux gemstones; fool the eye with imitation metals, including Balinese silver and verdigris copper; and copy must-have naturals, from bone to leather. Or make simulated agate, slate, and marble
. You'll find information on all the types of polymer clay, from translucent ones to some with mica powder, and see how to enhance their surface with paints
, inks, wax compounds, and confetti. The unusual include a handsome makeup set, lapis lazuli drawer pulls, and Opal Earrings.
ISBN: 1579907512 Date Published on 8/1/2005
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|In this copiously illustrated title, Atkins, a writer and consultant for a variety of high-profile shelter publications, offers a guide to creating stylish, functional interiors that make the most of small spaces while leaving uncluttered "breathing room." Addressed to design novices, the introductory sections take readers through the stages of renovation planning, with sections about assessing the space and basic design principles of color and light. A summary of several common styles, with lists of corresponding materials, furniture, and accessories, closes the section. Subsequent chapters are organized according to living areas, including children's rooms. Sidebars with space-saving solutions and suggestions for building materials that work best for various areas of the house appear throughout, while a representative successful room closes each of the final sections. The text occasionally veers into trite common sense; to reduce kitchen clutter, for example, "do not let dishes accumulate." But the wealth of sharp color photos and practical hints makes this an attractive, useful resource for anyone facing an interior-design project. Gillian Engberg|
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ISBN: 0600614174 Date Published on 7/28/2005
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Now it's easy to create a perfect, stylish space for entertaining and relaxing. Playing House is the bible for the girl who knows she has an aspiring domestic goddess inside her but doesn't know how to make those impulses meet reality. Page after page of advice on cooking, decorating, cleaning, and entertaining will provide you with everything you need to turn your bachelorette pad into a welcoming, cozy haven, including a stress-free formula for making any room look elegant and inviting for little money and minimal effort; tips on transforming an apartment filled with mismatching furniture into a well-choreographed pad; time-saving strategies for dinner parties that can be prepared 80 percent in advance and on a tight budget; advice on making a bedroom that looks like a sanctuary rather than a dorm room; and more!
Featuring the budget-friendly tips and advice of top interior designers, chefs, and event planners, Playing House will help you achieve blissful domesticity with minimum fuss and maximum fun.
ISBN: 0060741635 Date Published on 7/26/2005
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|Ready, set, glue! One of the hottest trends in home decorating today is the creative use of a glue gun to transform objects, accessories, furniture, and even architectural details into elegant, one-of-a-kind creations. In Glue Gun Decor, design diva Marian McEvoy provides all the guidance beginners and experienced designers will need to master this amazingly affordable decorating method. |
A comprehensive how-to guide, the book features easy-to-follow instructions for using a glue gun to embellish walls, ceilings, furniture, frames, lampshades, pillows, upholstery, flowerpots, and more with materials ranging from fabric and appliqués to shells and leaves. Fifty unique projects are included, many of them explained in step-by-step photographs. With Glue Gun Decor, do-it-yourself decorators will be gluing their way to a more beautiful home in no time. AUTHOR BIO: Marian McEvoy is former editor in chief of both Elle Decor and House Beautiful. She has written for such publications as the International Herald Tribune, Vogue, and Harper's Bazaar, and has made numerous television appearances. Glue Gun Decor is her first book. Prior to becoming a specialist in architecture and design photography, Chris Kendall was involved in building restoration and furniture design. He lives in Rhinebeck, New York.
ISBN: 158479416X Date Published on 5/1/2005
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|David Tutera is a highly regarded event designer whose clients have included Elton John, Barbara Walters, Star Jones, and Susan Lucci. He is also the host of a new one-hour, twice-daily program on the Discovery Channel, Party Planner with David Tutera, that debuts in January 2005. On the show, Tutera lends his expertise to people looking to throw an unforgettable party on an everyday budget. Tutera brings a fresh, original twist to holiday parties while retaining time-honored traditions. He demonstrates novel and affordable—yet utterly sophisticated—approaches to special occasions, holiday and cocktail parties, and dinner parties. In this heavily illustrated book of the same name, each chapter covers a different party that will also be aired on the show. Tutera emphasizes addressing all five senses—the taste, the look, the sound, the scent, and the touch—of every event. Also included are “Tutera Tips” for invitations, entertainment, decor, menu ideas, table settings, and floral arrangements. David Tutera is already a noted name, but THE PARTY PLANNER will bring his reputation and signature approach in entertaining to a broad new audience.|
ISBN: 0821261657 Date Published on 4/27/2005
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|Most of us spend more time in our homes than any other place. For better or worse, this highly personal space has a powerful influence over the way we feel about our lives. Based on the program used by the authors in their successful home consulting practice, this book teaches readers to use psychological and design principles to transform their houses into nurturing and supportive living.
The exercises in the book encourage readers to list the activities they engage in, room by room, in their homes. Readers learn how to analyze each room's size, layout, and decor and how to read their psychological and physiological reactions to the various spaces. Then the book offers readers a step-by-step process they can use to figure out what they and their living companions-family members, roommates, and even pets-want out of each room. Based on these discoveries, the book proposes cleaning, organizing, and decorating ideas guaranteed to make each room function better.
"This book unlocks the door on home design, giving you keys to creating a home that lifts your spirits and agrees with your lifestyle." -Candice Olson,one of North America's top designers and host of Divine Design on HGTV
ISBN: 1572244089 Date Published on 4/15/2005
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Love the look of mid-century, modern, retro design, but don't feel like dropping two weeks' pay on an Eames chair? In Handmade Modern, Todd Oldham shares his passion for mid-century modern homes with over 52 do-it-yourself projects for anyone who loves crafts and longs to add character to every corner of his or her home.
Todd Oldham has received accolades during an impressive career bringing couture fashion and elegant design to a more inclusive and broader audience, first in MTV's "House of Style", and today though his line of housewares and school supplies for Target, and his line of home furnishings for La-Z-Boy. In Handmade Modern he offers cutting-edge makeover plans for the office, kitchen, living room, bedroom, and closet, all designed to be both fresh and enormously practical. In this beautifully designed full-color book, Todd tackles each room in the house, starting with a beauty shot of each room, and then breaking the room down into its components, each one a do-it-yourself project. In the living room, for example, he takes you through projects with a difficulty range of 1 through 5:
- a space-saving freestanding bookshelf (5)
- matching end tables (4)
- reupholstered pillows (2)
- Lucite picture frames (2)
Each project is charted through step-by-step photos and instructions until the fabulously mod end.
Handmade Modern promises to revolutionize the way the reader looks at his or her own home and capacity to beautify a space. Chic, accessible, and fun, this is the achievable new look of modern home design.
ISBN: 0060591250 Date Published on 4/12/2005
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|A stylish, informative interior design guide that combines practical and aesthetic solutions for people who want to create an exceptional home for themselves and their pets-now in paperback. Animal House Style is the first decorating book to offer practical advice for pet owners on how to select high-performance furnishings for maximum human, canine, feline, and other animal comfort. Most important, it features what steps can be taken to keep your pet-friendly interiors looking their best, and other vital information rarely found in design magazines, such as which tools to use for cleaning, what kinds of paint to apply, what fabrics are best for upholstery, as well as a section on pet safety. |
ISBN: 0821257110 Date Published on 4/5/2005
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In a rapidly changing world and with increasingly difficult and stressful lives, what we all need is a sanctuary where we can feel comforted, tranquil and content. In Home Is Where the Heart Is, celebrated designer Ilse Crawford looks beyond pure aesthetics to pursue a philosophy of reclaiming and reintegrating the human element into our homes.
With the premise that "the more virtual our world becomes, the more we need the physical," Crawford investigates our basic human drives for survival, safety, love, respect and self-fulfillment and then expands this into how we live, our homes and our daily activities.
As she writes in her introductory essay, "What drives us as human beings? What are those basic building blocks of human behavior that make us alike, the things that make us human? We need the functionality of the technological age but we want a sense of humanity, of home, a space that speaks to us both rationally and emotionally. We want to be modern but we want to be human too."
A unique mix of provocative text and evocative photography, this volume combines thoughtful essays on our individual needs and our daily activities with practical information on architecture, design, and furnishings. The end result is a lavish and inspirational edition that will challenge our perception of what a home can be.
ISBN: 0847826856 Date Published on 4/5/2005
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|Since 1950, most American homes have been built with plain clamshell molding, narrow colonial molding, or no molding at all, leaving the interior architecture naked and uncelebrated. Trim Idea Book shows how to change all that and highlights a wide range of styles, from 21st-century designs, including craftsman, natural, and minimalist, to period and period-inspired motifs. The book showcases hundreds of ways homeowners can use trim to spotlight and define the interior architecture of their homes — and even to compensate for its shortcomings. Trim can help define spaces that in themselves feel too large and can add volume and dimension to rooms that are otherwise too small. Trim can frame doors and windows, enhancing their presence on walls that have daunting expanses, or hiding construction flaws. Molding and trim — of wood as well as man-made materials — are readily available at home centers as well as traditional lumberyards. Style options are endless. Ideas for walls, ceilings, doors, windows, stairways, and built-ins such as bookshelves, headboards, and fireplace surrounds are all shown.|
ISBN: 1561587109 Date Published on 4/1/2005