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The Smart Approach to Baby Rooms (Smart Approach) Total Hits - 1028  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (4)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Create a pleasant, safe, and useful haven for baby with The Smart Approach to® Baby Rooms. The latest title in our best-selling The Smart Approach to® series explains all of the aspects of design as they relate to newborns, infants, and toddlers, including how to analyze space, use color, and select furnishings. Other topics that are covered in the book include: sleeping options, an overview of infant-related products from changing tables to baby monitors, storage, safety, and special needs. A series of Smart Steps and Smart Tips throughout the book provide guidance for accomplishing design goals and achieving professional-like results.
ISBN: 1580111130   Date Published on 10/1/2004
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Nina Campbell's Decorating Notebook : Insider Secrets and Decorating Ideas for Your Home Total Hits - 782  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating

Nina Campbell, one of Britain’s foremost interior designers, has garnered international acclaim for her signature designs—classic and comfortable interiors executed with elegant understatement. In Nina Campbell’s Decorating Notebook, she reveals the trademark touches, the secret sources and techniques, and the methods she uses to create her timeless, sophisticated interiors.

Starting from the belief that homes should always reflect the preferences and idiosyncrasies of the families who live in them, Nina Campbell leads home decorators from bare walls to finished room, offering insights into each step of her design process and showing how to apply her design principles in any home.

Nina Campbell includes beautiful photographs of homes she has decorated in the United States and Europe, including a luxurious New York City penthouse as well as her own new apartment in London, and provides explanations of the key decorating decisions behind each design. As she guides the home decorator on a tour of these locales, she recounts the challenges inherent within each project and the little tricks that produced sweeping effects, and she demonstrates how to enliven decorative schemes with the smallest of details. To further aid the reader in selecting the perfect elements, Nina Campbell offers options for wonderful windows and wall treatments along with directions for properly selecting each piece, tips for designing the most effective lighting scheme based on a room’s structure and style, secrets for choosing the right fabrics and appropriate color schemes, and ideas for positioning furniture in exciting new ways. Nina Campbell also explains how the reader can re-create her signature touch: a stunning focal point in every room.

Using her top ten decorating principles, Nina Campbell shows how to make the most out of a home’s architectural detailing, and she reveals her favorite style touches, including witty ornaments, sensual cushions and throws, and scented flowers for the bedroom. With the aid of invaluable questionnaires, swatches, and floorplans, she offers countless ideas for personalizing and revitalizing the home with creative solutions for every room.

Lavishly illustrated and filled with inspired suggestions, Nina Campbell’s Decorating Notebook is an indispensable guide for anyone seeking tailor-made home design.

In her fourth book, longtime designer Campbell presents a stunningly elegant view into the decision-making process of a prominent interior decorator. Campbell details secrets of solving practical problems and shares cozy personal stories. Each chapter begins with an elegant photo essay of a redecorated space. A "notebook" page follows with wonderful close-ups of the fabrics and textures used in room, as well as interesting ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos and informative notes explaining what the decorator had in mind. When necessary, floor plans have been included to demonstrate where architectural changes have been made. The direct and helpful writing style gives readers many tips: "White china with a coat of arms is both grand and simple." Yet, just when it seems this volume is aimed exclusively towards the upper echelon of decorators ("A room of this size demands several seating areas…"), the author suddenly tosses out universally useful information: "A good tip for buying a rug, incidentally, is to look out for one that doesn’t have a central motif, as it will be less restrictive when you are arranging furniture." Though at times the cost-saving tips liberally sprinkled throughout the text seem incongruous with the magnificent and stately homes pictured, Campbell wisely notes that "few people want to start completely from scratch and there are often real budgetary constraints, even in very grand homes." For readers tasked with redecorating their penthouse apartments or country homes, this is a ‘must have’ volume. Decorating enthusiasts will enjoy reading the text as well as studying the luxurious pictures, and anyone with a flair for decorating will find this volume fascinating midnight reading.
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Well-known British designer and author Campbell teams up with her photographer daughter in this personal view of her recent projects. Beginning with her own apartment, outfitted to accommodate a mother and adult child, Campbell features upscale interiors for a variety of residents: a refined bachelor, a retired couple, a single woman scaling down from a grand manor, the members of a private residential club. Throughout, Campbell describes her design choices in rooms that, in a few cases, were updates of her previous work. Campbell's personal voice and focus on detail work especially well on the scrapbook pages, which feature swatches of fabric and paint and include more specific hints for pulling design elements together. Campbell's aesthetic, at once cozy and grandly opulent, may not appeal to fans of sleek, contemporary, minimal design. But all readers will benefit from advice such as the "Top 10 Decorating Principles" and Campbell's practical suggestions to reuse pieces whenever possible. A rich, useful resource. Gillian Engberg
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ISBN: 140005172X   Date Published on 9/28/2004
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Nell Hill's Decorating Secrets: Easy and Inspiring Ways to Bring Style into Your Home Total Hits - 1676  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (2)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Nell Hill's, Mary Carol Garrity's home furnishings and accessories store in Atchison, Kansas, has become something of a legend to thousands of loyal shoppers. Here, and at her two other stores, G. Diebolt's and Garrity's, Mary Carol combines furniture and fabrics, pillows and plates, lamps and mirrors with a flair and imagination that are the essence of the "Nell Hill's look," one that is stylish, innovative, and, best of all, easy to achieve.

In Nell Hill's Decorating Secrets, Mary Carol shares the many insights and ideas behind her approach, gathered over years of talking with shoppers and friends. She reveals her tips and secrets on everything from personalizing a collection to creating a striking centerpiece to choosing the right lighting. Also included are the following:

  • Quick ways to make your front door as inviting as the rest of your home.
  • Simple tricks to give new life to a sofa or armchair.
  • Imaginative approaches to "creating" and displaying art.
  • Little touches that dress up a plain room.
  • Steps to make choosing the right fabrics and colors easier.
  • Novel solutions for window treatments.
  • Three ways to dress a bed, use candles, and decorate a mantel.
The real secret behind the Nell Hill's look is that it is both inspiring and accessible. With the aid of Decorating Secrets, you can make over an entire room or add the perfect finishing touches to a table setting.
ISBN: 0821229036   Date Published on 9/1/2004
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New American Interiors: Innovations in Residential Design (New American)Total Hits - 940  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (9)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
New American Interiors continues the highly successful New American Series with an in-depth look at cutting edge interior design in homes and apartments in the United States. Over twenty projects are featured in 200 color photographs, as well as black and white plans, drawings and illustrations by some of the most prominent and creative architects and interior designers in the country. Among them are Hariri & Hariri, Cole Prevost, Tocar, Sam Trimbel Design, Suyama Peterson Deguchi and Jansen Goldstein.

Readers will find diverse design strategies and solutions applied to interiors of all sizes in a wide range of styles and budgets. Selected for excellence in design and creative use of furnishings, colors and materials, each project is treated as a case study that includes a floor plan, and rich professional photography of the interiors. When possible, more than one project by a single design firm is presented so that readers can better understand that firm’s design philosophy.

This is the first time that the New American series has devoted a volume exclusively to interior design. As such, New American Interiors becomes a must buy for all collectors of this outstanding series.

ISBN: 0823031772   Date Published on 9/1/2004
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Color Schemes Made Easy (Better Homes & Gardens)Total Hits - 2636  |  Hits Today - 0 Rating:   Rating Average (4)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Innovative color ideas that incorporate paints, fabrics, and accessories. Color basics and how-to techniques for every room in the house boost decorating confidence. Unique color scheme recipes and color swatches accompany inspirational photos.
ISBN: 0696221268   Date Published on 8/10/2004
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Sensible ChicTotal Hits - 868  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Respected interior designers showcased on the popular HGTV program offer tried-and-true decorating advice for all budgets and personal styles.

Includes rooms with designer looks and their low-cost alternatives.

Offers "make-a-statement" decorating ideas for remarkable living and family rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms.

More than a dozen easy-to-make projects with step-by-step instructions, estimated completion times, and materials costs—to help readers stretch their decorating dollars.

Helps home decorators make rooms look professionally designed through creativity, planning, and smart shopping.

An informative quiz helps readers identify their personal style.

Bonus shopping guide assists with choosing furnishings and accessories that suit budgets and tastes.

ISBN: 0696221322   Date Published on 8/10/2004
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Tips For Vintage Style Total Hits - 2413  |  Hits Today - 0 Rating:   Rating Average (1)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
From "the other domestic goddess," (Times) the ultimate book of hints for the home — kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, living room and home office. Practical and inspirational advice to show how the smallest steps can make the biggest difference.
ISBN: 0091900387   Date Published on 7/13/2004
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The Pocket Decorator Total Hits - 466  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
This portable, fully illustrated encyclopedia of decorating is destined to become an instant classic.

Decorating a house or apartment should be a fun and creative project, but almost everyone finds the number of decisions to make overwhelming. Cut pile or loop pile carpet? Trace lighting or wall sconces? Chintz, velvet, or linen for the upholstery? There are so many choices to consider and questions that are difficult to answer.

The Pocket Decorator is the solution: a unique visual primer of interior design that is small enough to slip into your pocket. Uniquely complete and portable, this accessible volume includes everything from big-picture topics like architectural styles throughout the ages to nitty-gritty details such as curtain treatments. With chapters on Architectural Elements, Decorative Motifs, Fabrics, Floor Treatments, Furniture, Hardware, Lighting, Trimmings, Upholstery, Walls, and Windows, the book also features sidebars on such topics as standard bed sizes, how to buy a lampshade, how to decorate in the country style, and more. It's like having your own personal decorator in your pocket wherever you go.

Endlessly useful, practical in its organization, and portable in size, with elegant illustrations throughout, The Pocket Decorator will find a place in every home decorator's library.
ISBN: 0789310570   Date Published on 6/26/2004
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The House in Good Taste Total Hits - 574  |  Hits Today - 2Rating:   Rating Average (2)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
After ninety years, The House in Good Taste by America's "first lady of interior decoration," Elsie de Wolfe, still offers timeless design advice.

Compiled from her articles in newspapers and magazines and first published in 1914, The House in Good Taste is a seminal book on interior design with ideas that have lasted a century because they influenced not only the wealthy clients of Park Avenue and Palm Beach, but popular taste as well.

De Wolfe advised Americans to shun ostentation and clutter in favor of simplicity, to dismantle the draperies in order to let in the light, and to replace garish colors with beige and ivory. "I believe in plenty of optimism and white paint," she declared, "comfortable chairs with lights beside them, open fires on the hearth and flowers wherever they 'belong,' mirrors and sunshine in all rooms." The rooms that Americans inhabited in the middle of the twentieth century still today owe much to de Wolfe's tastes.
ISBN: 0847826317   Date Published on 6/12/2004
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Interior Design Portable Handbook : First-Step Rules of Thumb for Interior ArchitecutreTotal Hits - 294  |  Hits Today - 1Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Handy on-the-job answers Architect Pat Guthrie's convenient pocket reference helps interior designers, decorators, and architects create workable, on-the-spot design solutions by putting the latest codes and standards, costs, materials, and specification information at their fingertips. Completely updated for the latest code changes, this new Interior Design Portable Handbook features: * Comprehensive reference information in a pocket-sized guide * Materials and specifications checklists that make interior design decisions lightning-fast and easy * Coverage of the entire process, from initial planning and estimating through design and construction/installation * Quick reference to applicable codes and the latest standards, including the IBC and NFPA * CSI MasterFormat ; organization that follows the job step by step * Updated unit costs for furnishings, fixtures, finishes, and other interior components and systems * Many examples and design details illustrating key techniques and procedures The Interior Design Portable Handbook provides just the right level of detail to help you with everyday design challenges. Perfect for in-the-field estimating as well as licensing exam prep, it is an indispensable, time-saving tool.
ISBN: 0071439269   Date Published on 5/21/2004

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