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 The Floor Book: A Comprehensive Guide to Practical and Decorative Floor Techniques

Home design writer Couglin gives a thorough review of the numerous materials that can be used for floors, from wood to carpets to such novelties as leather and glass. She discusses historical background, safety, durability, practicality, and design concerns for each flooring option. Unfortunately, some of the projects shown here, such as refinishing wood floors, come with scant instructions. In contrast, Mair's inspiring work offers step-by-step instructions for preparing, painting, and finishing a floorcloth. Color photographs of professionals' cloths in a variety of styles will inspire amateur and experienced painters alike. Purchase Mair's title for public libraries and Coughlin's for interior design collections.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

A wide–ranging, handsomely illustrated guide to floor treatments and techniques, with an abundance of ideas and practical advice as well as ten step–by–step projects.

Flooring is a vital element of interior design—it unifies and defines the home, allowing us to link rooms or set them apart in both mood and function. In terms of its impact on a room, it is impossible for flooring to be overlooked, yet all too often it is neglected. The Floor Book asks us to reappraise our decorating priorities and view the floor as a “blank canvas” on which to imprint the finest in creative decorating and design. It covers all facets of floor covering and design, and never have there been so many possibilities. Dominique Coughlin explores the diverse array of current techniques and materials, from traditional floors in parquet, wood, stone, and tile to innovative new coverings like glass and leather. She recognizes that floors also need to be hardwearing, and materials are further examined for durability. As well as offering comprehensive advice on a wide variety of flooring options, The Floor Book presents ten step–by–step projects using various techniques, such as stenciling on wood. Laden with color photos and written in a clear and helpful style, this is an outstanding guide to practical and decorative floor treatments.
A wide–ranging, handsomely illustrated guide to floor treatments and techniques, with an abundance of ideas and practical advice as well as ten step–by–step projects.
Publishers Weekly
Home design writer Couglin gives a thorough review of the numerous materials that can be used for floors, from wood to carpets to such novelties as leather and glass. She discusses historical background, safety, durability, practicality, and design concerns for each flooring option. Unfortunately, some of the projects shown here, such as refinishing wood floors, come with scant instructions. In contrast, Mair's inspiring work offers step-by-step instructions for preparing, painting, and finishing a floorcloth. Color photographs of professionals' cloths in a variety of styles will inspire amateur and experienced painters alike. Purchase Mair's title for public libraries and Coughlin's for interior design collections. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Home design writer Couglin gives a thorough review of the numerous materials that can be used for floors, from wood to carpets to such novelties as leather and glass. She discusses historical background, safety, durability, practicality, and design concerns for each flooring option. Unfortunately, some of the projects shown here, such as refinishing wood floors, come with scant instructions. In contrast, Mair's inspiring work offers step-by-step instructions for preparing, painting, and finishing a floorcloth. Color photographs of professionals' cloths in a variety of styles will inspire amateur and experienced painters alike. Purchase Mair's title for public libraries and Coughlin's for interior design collections. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
  Date Published 1/1/2002

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