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|Like M. F. K. Fisher achieves for food writing, so does Gilliatt turn many elegant phrases in^B interior home design. Adding to her already long list of books is this room-by-room decorator, which intersperses a history of style with some definitive guidelines--as only a confident and world-known designer can. She emphasizes, for the timid, the emulation of one of three easy-to-follow philosophies: one, suit decorating to a particular style or building or climate; two, try cutting-edge contemporary; or three, go thoroughly eclectic. From there, accompanied by compelling color photographs, each chapter is devoted to one room in a home, covering a brief room ethos (e.g., Shakespeare's "My library was Dukedom enough") and available decorative options in walls, lighting, flooring, windows, furnishings, and accessories. Her opinion filters through every nook and cranny. Treat windows like eyes, she advises. Or remember that less is more in halls, staircases, and landings. Visual sidebars add to the already overstuffed portfolio of information. One book truly fits all. Barbara Jacobs|
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ISBN: 0823029700 Date Published on 7/1/2003
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|Includes all-new rooms from Trading Spaces never before seen in a book.
Dozens of ideas for facelifts to living rooms, family rooms, bonus rooms, kitchens, and multipurpose bedrooms.
Photo tours of 15 rooms show how to use fabrics, flooring, furnishings, and color effectively.
Decorating strategies feature ready-made items and inexpensive ideas for quick, low-cost success.
Special Style Primers introduce the furnishings, colors, and surfaces that characterize five popular decorating styles: classic, chic, casual, romantic, and funky.
Unique Lessons for Living sections offer planning ideas and creative solutions for common decorating challenges.
ISBN: 0696221314 Date Published on 8/10/2004