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|In this incredible collection of inspirational photos and ideas, floral designer Preston Bailey shares his invaluable experience of more than 20 years in creating the decor for celebrity and high-profile events and tells how to create an unforgettable wedding for brides and grooms-to-be.
With engaging text, Bailey guides the reader through the process of planning engagement parties and receptions, and explains how to bring diverse yet elegant elements together to compose the stunning environment of ones dreams. Beginning with large decisions, such as choosing a theme and transforming a wide array of spaces to fit the vision, he moves on to the details--centerpieces, arches, place mats, lighting, table settings, and more.
Throughout the book are luxe full-color photographs of nine weddings, with chapters that include a Glorious Glasshouse Fantasy, a Tropical Latin Fantasy, a Modern Metropolitan Fantasy, and a New England Waterfront Fantasy. Also included are nine design motifs from the Signatures by Preston Bailey line. Above all, Bailey encourages anyone planning a wedding, whether large or small, to allow creativity to blossom and have fun while designing their dream event.
ISBN: 0821228692 Date Published on 11/9/2004
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|From unique baby gifts to garden decorations, even the simplest craft can become a beautiful vintage treasure with Melissa Frances’ clever techniques. Frances, owner of the Heart & Home Company, which makes exquisite labels, boxes, and jars, has some great ideas for personalizing décor and creating an individual style. All it takes are some easy-to-find supplies and the more than 80 breathtaking artwork labels that are reproduced right here for the reader to copy. Use them to add charm to the nursery (a Vintage Baby Block or Display Case), to create a cozy antique kitchen (Hanging Utensil Holder, Window Frame Shadow Box), to make Christmas especially merry (Holiday Ribbon Box), and to add pretty feminine touches everywhere. A Selection of the Homestyle Book Club and the F&W Book Clubs.|
ISBN: 1402715536 Date Published on 11/1/2004
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Simple, sophisticated, yet invitingly luxurious interiors are the hallmark of Kelly Hoppen's unique, award-winning style. In this beautiful decorating handbook, Hoppen imparts the golden rules she has gathered from twenty-five years of innovative designs, giving readers the confidence to bring the same serene elegance into their homes. Each chapter focuses on a different fundamental of good design. For example, the first-Function and Space-is about evaluating the potential of a room before making any decisions. It teaches you to look carefully at the room's aspect, light, size, function, and architecture as a professional interior designer would, and offers inspired solutions for creating the best design for your needs. Using examples of bathrooms
, living rooms
, and bedrooms
drawn from her fabulous portfolio of projects, Kelly takes us through each room in the home and shares the secrets of her design approach.
Each subsequent chapter focuses on building up the layers of decoration: Texture and Color; Lighting Effects; Joinery; Upholstery; Soft Furnishings, and Accessories and Display. With clear-cut suggestions for each layer of decorative detail, Kelly explains how to infuse neutral palettes with richness and warmth using textural contrast and accent colors. She offers advice on selecting and displaying pictures and favorite objects, and emphasizes the importance of including candles, fragrance, and fresh flowers in contemporary vases as part of the Kelly Hoppen style. A comprehensive list of suppliers, from soft-furnishing sources to picture framers and lighting specialists, is provided. Kelly Hoppen Style taps into the creativity and experience of one of the world's foremost designers and will inspire you to transform your home with harmony, beauty, and a touch of drama.
ISBN: 0821228994 Date Published on 11/1/2004
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|The timeless and collectible classic on entertaining-at last back in print!|
Dorothy Draper (1889-1969), like her contemporaries Diana Vreeland and Elsie de Wolfe, became an icon of stylish living through her interior decorating and many books.
Originally published in 1941, Entertaining Is Fun! is one of Draper's most delightful creations, hailed in the original flap copy of the book as "neither a cookbook nor a book of etiquette, but a vivacious and inspiring book on home entertaining." With its charming retro package, this book teaches you how to host the most fabulous dinner parties, holiday meals, and weddings, and also makes a great gift!
ISBN: 0847826198 Date Published on 10/29/2004
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|The rich and varied architectural history of the northern California wine country and the fertile soils that produce abundant vineyards has attracted those who are conscious of preserving the qualities inherent to the area. Wine Country Style takes an intimate look at the lifestyle of nineteen homeowners of the Napa and Sonoma valleys, an area of the country that shuns fast-food restaurants, billboards, and commercial motels. These residents understand that the fine attributes of well-designed architecture are the integration of personal taste with the microclimate and history of their surroundings. People in the wine country today are passionate about the excellent wines produced in the agricultural region in which they choose to live. These inhabitants have personalized the architectural forms that express who they are and how they live, while maintaining the heritage of the area through a variety of styles: Tuscan, French Country, Franciscan Mission, Mediterranean, Modern, Rustic, American Colonial, Victorian, Palladian, Italianate, Asian, with farmhouses, barns, and cottages completing the eclectic blend that comprises the architectural styles of the bucolic wine-making Napa and Sonoma valleys. Yearning for a rural lifestyle in climatic conditions and verdant landscapes much like that in Europe's wine country? Then this is a must-have publication, full of lush photography and descriptive prose, a perfect addition to a home reference library or coffee table. Eminent designer Mary Whitesides has designed everything from interiors and home furnishings to pottery and coffee mugs. Her Peruvian-inspired furniture collections are widely distributed and featured in museums, including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. In addition, she was one of the four founding members of the Sundance Catalog and a partner in developing the Sundance look, as well as the author of Desert Style, Mountain Style, and Wicker Design for Gibbs Smith, Publisher. She lives in Park City, Utah.|
ISBN: 158685464X Date Published on 10/29/2004
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|Demonstrates the four-step approach to accessorizing developed by Christi Carter Urschel: Wall decor, signature accessories, flowers and foliage, and ambience.
Step-by-step lessons show how to create simple to complex arrangements throughout the house to suit any budget.
Offers dozens of ideas for using what you have to create eye-catching arrangements that express your personality.
Includes inspiring quotations from Mary Crowley, Christi's grandmother and founder of Home Interiors and Gifts.
ISBN: 0696222159 Date Published on 10/12/2004
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|Decorate your home so that it expresses your personality, suits your lifestyle, and nourishes your spirit.|
Too many people design the interiors of their homes based on what they see in magazines, what they think will impress others, or what an interior decorator recommends. As a result, Denny Daikeler explains, they wind up with living quarters that don't suit them - in which they can never truly be happy. In this unique book, this gifted designer shows you how to design a living space that is created especially for you - a home that will become your sanctuary in the world.
Using a remarkable series of exercises she has developed working with numerous clients and her design students, Daikeler helps you to:
- Discover how your choice of a favorite household object is profoundly connected to your inner being
- Understand how a carefully thought out living space can heal you emotionally and physically
·- Learn about the support that environment can give to relationships, work, and play
- Discover your own inner blueprint and develop your personal style
An invigorating mix of feng shui and The Artist's Way, What Color Is Your Slipcover? Introduces a soulful approach to interior design that will enable you to create a home that is at once a refuge from stress, a place to fulfill your creative and spiritual needs, and a deeply satisfying source of beauty and comfort.
ISBN: 1579549497 Date Published on 10/6/2004
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|Throwing a fabulous fete doesn't have to mean breaking the bank. The editors of Budget Living magazine, the leading experts on living large and spending small, show everyone how to be both festive and frugal, with all the tools needed to become a host with the most of everything (except money). |
From New Year's Eve to the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving to Valentine's Day, this innovative guide will inspire readers to celebrate every major holiday, as well as a few minor ones-Oscar night, say, or the Kentucky Derby-with warmth, wit, and personality. Packed with inspiring ideas, easy-to-follow recipes, detailed hopping lists, music suggestions, and step-by-step directions, Party Central delivers a good time at a great price. Learn:
- How to find the perfect party theme for any occasion-from January through December
- Where to buy (and how to make) decorations guaranteed to turn guests' heads
- Strategies for stocking a bar without going broke
- Recipes for cooking up easy, inexpensive, yet elegant fare-from home-made sugared pecans to decadent DIY fortune cookies
- Games and tunes to keep the guests movin', groovin', and having a fabulous time
ISBN: 0399530223 Date Published on 10/5/2004
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In one imaginative and beautifully presented volume, the genius of House Beautiful unfolds—in a “class” that teaches the eye to see and understand décor in an inspiring new way.
Take a class with House Beautiful’s teachers! All the design know-how anyone needs to decorate a new home or redo an old house is right in this one-stop, all-encompassing, lushly photographed, and brilliantly conceived volume. Everything from wonderful home basics and working with space to the art of color and perfect patterns to the absolute essentials for floors, windows
, and lighting
is here. In addition to presenting fundamental decorating principles, this unequalled reference looks at different styles, such as Country, Modern, and Seaside; suggests ways of adding drama to a space or period grandeur; and leads you on an inspirational idea-filled walk through the house, analyzing options for every room. Eye-opening pictures of beautiful interiors reveal how to fill even the smallest bedroom
with simple comfort, showcase architectural features, make the best use of soft furnishings, and much, much more. Each page brims with bright ideas for every nook and cranny. A Main Selection of the Homestyle Book Club.
ISBN: 1588163601 Date Published on 10/1/2004
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Easy-to-follow, foolproof, and fully illustrated.
As inspiring as it is instructive, The Complete Mosaic Handbook is a detailed sourcebook for amateurs and professionals alike. This book combines an extensive gallery of outstanding mosaic examples with practical step-by-step instructions for every kind of mosaic techniques.
Projects range from simple to sophisticated:
- Place mats and coasters
- Beaded picture frame
- Outdoor planter
- Garden path
- Fruit platter
- Jewelry box
- Glass vase
- House numbers
A variety of materials from glass and stone to found objects is fully described and explained. Basic mosaic techniques are covered in detail before introducing more challenging methods. The text is concise and jargon-free with full color photographs explaining each step. Every project is rated with a quick reference chart for its level of cost, time, and difficulty with all the required materials and equipment clearly listed. An authoritative design section covers color composition, contact, texture, and inspiration.
A gallery of mosaic art features a collection of international styles throughout history: from Ancient Greece, through Byzantium to the Renaissance, then on to Arts and Crafts and contemporary styles.
ISBN: 1552977749 Date Published on 10/1/2004