'A brooding, evocative study of Irish childhood, of the strong bonds of love and jealousy that sisters especially feel, the guilt-ridden pressures of religion, the magical countryside, the eccentric villagers. A hauntingly lovely work ... beautifully written with poetic intensity which seems to encapsulate the Irish character with all its wit and bitterness and gift for words' HOMES AND GARDENS
Cat owners know the struggles of creating living spaces that are both functional and stylish for owner and cat. Don’t just go to your local pet shop and adorn your home with unattractive cat towers and kitty beds. In Catification, Jackson Galaxy, the star of Animal Planet’s My Cat from Hell, and Kate Benjamin, of the popular cat design website Hauspanther.com, walk readers through a step-by-step process of designing an attractive home that is also an optimal environment for cats.
This gorgeously designed, full-color book includes more than twenty fun DIY projects, from kitty beds and litter boxes to catios (cat patios) that will be sure to make readers—and their cats—purr in approval.
-perform a room-by-room audit of their space to see if it's functioning at its best
-make the most of existing storage space and find clever ways to add more
-find creative ways to arrange furnishings and accessories that maximize space and bring harmony and style to the home
Whether empty nesters who are downsizing, newlyweds who are setting up their first nest, or anyone who needs creative new ideas, readers will love these strategies, tips, and solutions to maximize their space and enhance their quality of life.
150 Best New Kitchen Ideas offers an in-depth look at exemplary new kitchen designs from today’s most renowned architects and designers. Packed with 500 pages of gorgeous full-color photographs, it features the most attractive, functional, and cost-effective kitchen designs from around the world. Here are hundreds of ideas for lighting, floor, wall, and window treatments to create kitchens that are attractive, inviting, and highly functional, as well as a wealth of notions for cabinetry, countertops, sinks, and more.
Covering a diversity of current trends, 150 Best New Kitchen Ideas is an indispensable design and decorating resource filled with inspirational ideas for the homeowner, designer, interior decorator, and architect.
Showcasing an extensive collection of designs and style, captured in stunning full-color photos, 150 Best New Bathroom Ideas provides an in-depth review of outstanding bathroom designs from internationally renowned architects and designers.
Here are the most attractive, functional, and cost-effective bathroom concepts from around the world. Practical yet beautiful and stylish, 150 Best New Bathroom Ideas includes innovative ideas for lighting, floor, wall, and window treatments, and for showers, toilets, sinks, and bathtubs.
An essential design and decorating reference, 150 Best New Bathroom Ideas covers the diversity of current trends and is an inspirational source for homeowners, designers, interior decorators, and architects.
This deluxe edition of Home is printed on extremely high quality paper, printed on a sheet-fed press, and bound in a real cloth covered case with a tipped in photo of Ellen DeGeneres' living room featuring her Picasso. In Home, DeGeneres will, for the first time, share her passion for home design and style. She believes, "You don't have to have money to have good taste," and she is eager to share what she has learned over the years. DeGeneres offers a personal look at every room in each of her homes. Included are seven of her homes past and present, from the famous "Brody House" up to her current homes, and she offers tips and advice on what each house taught her. An added bonus is a look at the homes of her friends and collaborators-some of the finest designers in the country. They share their advice on home design, furnishings, as well as a glimpse at their awe-inspiring rooms.
Full of beautiful photographs, this book is a treasure trove of amazing California architecture, unique home furnishings, breathtaking art, and hundreds of ideas on putting together the home you've always dreamed of.
It’s easy to find your own style confidence once you know this secret: While decorating can take months and tons of money, styling often takes just minutes. Even a few little tweaks can transform the way your room feels.
At the heart of Styled are Emily Henderson’s ten easy steps to styling any space. From editing out what you don’t love to repurposing what you can’t live without to arranging the most eye-catching vignettes on any surface, you’ll learn how to make your own style magic. With Emily’s insider tips and more than 1,000 unique ideas from 75 envy-inducing rooms, you’ll soon be styling like you were born to do it.
They've got their man caves, and it's time for you to have a space of your own. She Sheds shows you how to create cozy getaways with inspiration from across the country. You will start by defining the goal and purpose of your space. Will you use it for entertaining?Crafting? Alone time?
Then, use the gallery of over 100 photos as inspiration for your decor, paint colors, and landscaping. Construction ideas, as well as ideas for upcycling, and other green resources are at your disposal throughout so you may truly personalize your she shed. Get inspired, and get started on your very own tricked-out retreat!
Kitchens and bathrooms are the most commonly renovated rooms--and also the best investment with the highest payback value upon resale. This book is chock full of tips, inspiration, and ideas from popular TV star Candice Olson, whose designs have wowed fans around the world. Brimming with hundreds of full-color, before-and-after photos of Candice's stunning room makeovers, the book gives advice for choosing colors, materials, and furnishings to make any space shine.
Daphne Oz made a splash by sharing her secrets for avoiding the dreaded Freshman Fifteen in the perennial bestseller The Dorm Room Diet. Now, this lifestyle guru shares essential advice on how to relish your food, your home, and your life in order to maximize health and happiness.
Illustrated in full color with beautiful food and recipe photos, images of real-world and aspirational decor examples, and lots of creative lifestyle ideas, Relish: An Adventure in Food, Style, and Everyday Fun will help you envision a life that’s highly desirable and eminently achievable.
Bursting with ideas for designing, building, and decorating, this outstanding compendium features an extensive collection of cottages and cabins from around the world. Adapted to the specific needs and particular tastes of individual clients, these idyllic getaway homes and country hideaways incorporate practical, innovative, and stunning solutions for a variety of design needs.
150 Best Cottage and Cabin Ideas embodies the diversity of current trends in house design and provides an inspirational source of ideas—whether you’re looking to design and build a new home or renovate and redecorate an existing structure.
In The New Bohemians, LA-based designer Justina Blakeney defines the New Bohemians as creative individuals who are boutique owners and bloggers, entrepreneurs and ex-pats, artists and urban farmers. They embrace free-spirited, no-rules lifestyles and apply that attitude to all areas of their existence, including their homes. With little distinction between work and play, the new boho home often includes an office, art gallery, showroom, photography studio, restaurant, or even a pop-up shop. The New Bohemians explores 20 homes located primarily on the East and West coasts. Exclusive interviews with the owners, 12 DIY projects created by Blakeney and inspired by objects found in the homes, and a "Plant-O-Pedia" offer insight into achieving this aesthetic. In addition, each home is accompanied by an Adopt-an-Idea section that offers general decor, styling, and shopping tips for easy duplication in your own home.
In this gorgeous, richly illustrated book, Paula Deen shares a full year of Southern living. Whether it’s time to put out your best china and make a real fuss, or you’re just gathering for some sweet tea on the porch at dusk, Savannah style is about making folks feel welcome in your home. With the help of decorator and stylist Brandon Branch, you’ll learn how to bring a bit of Southern charm into homes from Minnesota to Mississippi. For each season, there are tips on decorating and entertaining. In the spring, you’ll learn how to make the most of your outdoor spaces, spruce up your porch, and make your garden inviting. In the summer, things get more casual with a dock party. Sleeping spaces, including, of course, the sleeping porch, are the focal point of this chapter. In the fall, cooler weather brings a return to more formal entertaining in the dining room, and in the winter, attention returns to the hearth, as Paula and her neighbors put out their best silver and show you how they celebrate the holidays.
Paula loves getting a peek at her neighbors’ parlors, so she’s included photographs of some of Savannah’s grandest homes. From the vast grounds of Lebanon Plantation to the whimsically restored cottages on Tybee Island, you’ll see the unique blend of old-world elegance and laid-back hospitality that charmed Paula the moment she arrived from Albany, Georgia, with nothing but two hundred dollars and a pair of mouths to feed. And she isn’t shy about giving you a window into her own world, either. From her farmhouse kitchen to her luxurious powder room, you’ll see how Paula lives when she’s not in front of the camera.
Packed with advice and nostalgia, Paula Deen’s Savannah Style makes it easy to bring gracious Southern living to homes north and south of the Mason-Dixon Line.
This illustrated guide to the ancient Chinese art strips feng shui down to the basics, focusing solely on those aspects that deal with the interior and exterior of one's home. Stephanie Roberts shows readers how to evaluate and change aspects of their space to maximize the flow of positive energy, and how to arrange each room to achieve better balance in their lives and increase their prospects for health, wealth and good relationships.
The essential do-it-yourself guide from one of the top designers in the country that uncovers the secret home design rules used by the pros
Many design books are filled with lavish photography of perfect rooms that most of us can only dream of re-creating. Without any practical advice, the look is unattainable. That's where Design Rules comes in. Here, Elaine Griffin, one of the country's 100 top designers (House Beautiful), explains all the practical decorating standards that professionals use behind the scenes to create flowing, balanced, gorgeous design. Packed with helpful illustrations and hundreds of step-by-step tips, Design Rules includes essential advice such as:
?Pick a pleasing color palette (that really works)
?Correctly size their bedsize tables (so they don't tower over their beds)
?Enhance the visual appeal of windowless rooms (so they're not dungeons)
?Design furniture arrangements that function and flow
?Style up even the most forlorn kitchens, baths and yes, basements and laundry rooms (honey, no space is too dreadful to be made ultra fab)
?Brighten up their kitchens with a can of paint and a burst of strategically- placed color (location, location, location!)
?Figure out which styles of furniture go together (there is a rule and it's easy!)
?Make their own personalities shine throughout their homes (because they should)
?And oodles more!
Design Rules is for the growing number of savvy, novice home designers who are well-versed in what good design looks like, but need advice on how to translate it into their own home. It is the home design bible people have been waiting for.
Indoor plants play a large role in the design and feel of a space. Focusing on indoor gardening--from small containers and vertical installations with air plants to unique tabletop creations--Rooted in Design provides readers with the means to create beautiful and long-lasting indoor landscapes. Tara Heibel and Tassy De Give, owners of the successful Sprout Home gardening stores, offer expert advice for choosing plant varieties and pairing them with unique design ideas. Sharing practical tips honed through hundreds of plant design classes, Heibel and DeGive tell readers everything they need to know to care for their one-of-a-kind green creations.
From the Hardcover edition.
Maybe you have tried for years but you are just not an organized person and you don't think that you can be the type of person to figure out your own organizational needs. Don't worry, with "Let's Get Organized!" you will get all the help you need.
... Learn Ways to Organize Your Home In Just 2 Days ...
Just imagine being able to reducing the clutter in your home in 2 days (or less) without becoming stressed or disappointed. Yes you could have a neat and organized home. It truly is possible, but you just need to know how.
Here's what you'll discover in "Let's Get Organized!":
- How to prepare your home for "de-clutterization"...
- 3 little known, yet simple ways to prepare yourself mentally and emotionally to be separated from your "stuff"...
- Secret of expert organization specialists that few people ever know about...
- 3 proven steps to organizing and de-clutter your home room by room...
- 2 simple keys (that are right in front of your eyes) to cleaning out your closets...
- WARNING: 3 things you should never do when it comes to trying to reduce the clutter in your home...
- 6 time tested and proven strategies for putting your organization plans into effect...
- When to look to professional help and where to find it...
- 7 everyday but often overlooked tips and tricks for de-cluttering your life...
- The benefits of an organized home...
- And much more...
Elements of Style is a uniquely personal and practical decorating guide that shows how designing a home can be an outlet of personal expression and an exercise in self-discovery. Drawing on her ten years of experience in the interior design industry, Erin combines honest design advice and gorgeous professional photographs and illustrations with personal essays about the lessons she has learned while designing her own home and her own life—the first being: none of our homes or lives is perfect. Like a funny best friend, she reveals the disasters she confronted in her own kitchen renovation, her struggles with anorexia, her epic fight with her husband over a Lucite table, and her secrets for starting a successful blog.
Organized by rooms in the house, Elements of Style invites readers into Erin’s own home as well as homes she has designed for clients. Fresh, modern, and colorful, it is brimming glamour and style as well as advice on practical matters from choosing kitchen counter materials to dressing a bed with pillows, picking a sofa, and decorating a nursery without cartoon characters. You’ll also find a charming foreword by Erin’s husband, Andrew, and an extensive Resource and Shopping Guide that provides an indispensable a roadmap for anyone embarking on their first serious home decorating adventure. With Erin’s help, you can finally make your house your home.
When The Kinfolk Table was published in 2013, it transformed the way readers across the globe thought about small gatherings. In this much-anticipated follow-up, Kinfolk founder Nathan Williams showcases how embracing that same ethos—of slowing down, simplifying your life, and cultivating community—allows you to create a more considered, beautiful, and intimate living space.
The Kinfolk Home takes readers inside 35 homes around the world, from the United States, Scandinavia, Japan, and beyond. Some have constructed modern urban homes from blueprints, while others nurture their home’s long history. What all of these spaces have in common is that they’ve been put together carefully, slowly, and with great intention. Featuring inviting photographs and insightful profiles, interviews, and essays, each home tour is guaranteed to inspire.
In their first book, the Junk Gypsies—sisters and stars of the popular Texas-born brand and HGTV show—combine big dreams, stories of roadside treasures found, and down-home design projects inspired by epic makeovers for friends like Miranda Lambert, Billie Joe Armstrong, and Sadie Robertson.
Amie and Jolie Sikes, the Thelma and Louise of the design world, are the Junk Gypsies: a family with an addiction to flea markets, wanderlust, and Americana inspired design. In their world, cowgirls are heroes, road trips last forever, and junk is treasured.
Beginning with a little bit of faith and a whole lot of heart and soul, the sisters travelled the back roads of America like gypsies, collecting roadside trinkets and tattered treasures while meeting kindred spirits and lively characters along the way. With a mix of hippie, rock n’ roll, southern charm, and big dreams, these small-town Texas girls became restless wanderers and owners and operators of their dream business and bohemian brand, Junk Gypsy.
Filled with stories from their unique journey as well as DIY projects and bohemian inspired designs, Junk Gypsy is a tribute to all the rowdy gypsies, crafty junkers, free-spirited romantics, and true-blue rebels who have ever dared to dream big.
If you can answer yes to the following questions, then the redesign or home staging business may be just right for you. Do you love decorating your home? Are you addicted to home decorating shows and magazines? Do you know exactly what someone should do to sell their home fast? Are you constantly moving your furniture around? Do you find yourself decorating for your friends and family for free? Do you have a flair for decorating?
Keep in mind, however, that Redesign and Real Estate Staging are more than just having the talent and skills to do the job. The business of the business is the part that can be tricky.
Readers of this book will fall into one of the following categories: Those with a Second Career: You already have a successful career and are looking for something new. In fact, the design field may be totally unrelated to anything you have ever done before. Those wishing To Be Their Own Boss: You want to have more control over your day and how it goes. Being your own boss allows you to be flexible.
Those That Are Business Beginners: You have started your own business, and are finding that the small business tools that are available just do not apply to the design industry.
Those That Want To Grow Their Design Business: You already are fully engaged in your own design business and need sound marketing principles to grow your business further.
Those That Are Curious: You just want to know what the design industry is all about and find out if you can develop your passion into a thriving business.
No matter which description fits you, this book will be instrumental in your success of the business side of redesigning and home staging. The companion CD-ROM is included with the print version of this book; however is not available for download with the electronic version. It may be obtained separately by contacting Atlantic Publishing Group at firstname.lastname@example.org
Atlantic Publishing is a small, independent publishing company based in Ocala, Florida. Founded over twenty years ago in the company president's garage, Atlantic Publishing has grown to become a renowned resource for non-fiction books. Today, over 450 titles are in print covering subjects such as small business, healthy living, management, finance, careers, and real estate. Atlantic Publishing prides itself on producing award winning, high-quality manuals that give readers up-to-date, pertinent information, real-world examples, and case studies with expert advice. Every book has resources, contact information, and web sites of the products or companies discussed.
Real Life Organizing offers clutter free storage solutions and advice that can help you create a Pinterest worthy home on a small budget: Learn how to organize your home, simplify life and have more time for the things you love. Organizational expert Cassandra ‘Cas’ Aarssen, the guru from YouTube’s ClutterBug channel, reveals her tips, tricks and secrets to a clean and clutter free home in just 15 minutes a day. Aarssen, spends her time organizing other people’s homes, teaching college workshops on organization, and creating weekly videos and blog posts. Cas offers diy Pinterest type tips to people like you who are interested in how to get rid of clutter and how to organize your home.
Organized person on the outside: The secret to her success? She’s a giant mess on the inside, but an organized person who can teach you how to get rid of clutter and organize your home once and for all.
Simplify your life: In her debut book, Real Life Organizing, Cas walks you through the steps you can take to create a beautiful, organized, clutter free, and almost self-cleaning home ─ a DIY Pinterest home. Simplify your life. You do not have to get rid of all of your things, you do not have to be a yoga loving minimalist, and you do not have to radically change your lifestyle or personality in order to simplify your life and have an organized home. The truth is that you do not need to actually be an organized person to live like an organized person.
Organize home: Through her years of experience as an industry expert, Cas has uncovered easy and inexpensive tips, tricks and solutions that allow her to maintain a clean, organized and functional home with minimal effort. After you’ve read Real Life Organizing, you too will be able to live a more organized life without having to give up your sanity.
In Real Life Organizing: Get a Clean and Clutter-Free Home in Just 15 Minutes, you will learn how to:
• Create a Household Management Binder
• Make a “Kids Cupboard” in your kitchen
• Create an IN/OUT system
• Organize paperwork based on your unique style
• Create a Kitchen Command Center
• Organize your holidays with a gift closet
• Build the best toy organizing system
• And, enjoy a DIY Pinterest home
Hiring a professional to stage your home will cost you easily several hundreds or even thousands of dollars. The reality is, home staging is simpler and easier than most people think. A common misconception is that you need to have interior design background to do home staging. This is just not true. Another common mistake people make is to confuse home staging with home decorating. In fact, staging your home to sell is something you can do yourself and get similar results as the professionals.
Yes you could have a better way to sell any home. It truly is possible, but you just need to know how. Just imagine being able to set up your home for a quick sale in just 7 days (or less) without becoming frustrated or wasting your time. This is what "Home Staging Like A Pro" was written for.
Here's some of the things you will learn in "Home Staging Like A Pro":
- How to get a great first impression to your home...
- 3 little known, yet simple ways to creating focal points within your home...
- Understanding the layout of any home and how to make it work for you...
- 2 simple keys (that are right in front of your eyes) to targeting potential buyers with home staging...
- Home staging tips to sell your home for top dollar
- How to arrange a room for the appearance of space...
- WARNING: things you should never do when it comes to staging your home for sale...
- You'll discover in just a few short minutes how to differentiate between home staging and home decorating...
- Time tested and proven strategies to linking colors and emotions...
- 9-point checklist to stage your home perfectly...
- And much more...
Featured homes are from Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, Idaho, and Utah.
Tim Tanner is a graphic designer, artist, and freelance illustrator. He currently teaches art and design at Brigham Young University, Idaho. He’s been involved in home restoration and reproduction using reclaimed materials for more than thirty years. He lives in Teton Valley, Idaho.
“A complete and happy home is so much more than a series of pretty rooms. Between these two covers, we’ve captured everything we’ve learned at Apartment Therapy about decorating, organizing, cleaning, and repairs, so you can make and maintain your own fabulous home.”
—from the Introduction
Getting a room to feel right is more instinct than science. You know a great space when you see it. Apartment Therapy trains your eye with more than 75 rooms, from bedrooms to kitchens and living rooms to kids’ rooms and workspaces. Explore every detail—lighting, color palettes, flooring, and accessories—that brings a home to life and, most important, makes you happy in it.
Filled with 500 pages of beautiful full-color photographs, 150 Best Mini Interior Ideas profiles dozens of exciting interiors that exemplify the beauty and simplicity of small space design. Francesc Zamora brings together an extensive collection of practical, innovative, and stunning mini interiors by distinguished architects and designers from around the world. Showcasing the diversity of current trends in contemporary residential architecture and design, 150 Best Mini Interior Ideas is an inspirational resource for architects, designers, homeowners, and anyone looking for innovative concepts to plan, furnish, and accessorize small spaces.
Week by week, Apartment Therapy will guide you to treat common problems, eliminate clutter, and revamp even the tiniest space. Here is an eight-step process that includes:
• A therapeutic questionnaire to help you get in touch with your personal taste and diagnose your home’s physical, emotional, and energy flow issues
• A prescription with recommendations for each room based on your needs and lifestyle–including tips on how to use color, lighting, and accessories
• A treatment plan, including regular maintenance schedules to ensure the ongoing health of your space
• Illustrations of floor plans and decorative examples that allow you to visualize concepts before you begin
With surprising ease and without elaborate professional help, Apartment Therapy will help you clear a path through disorder and indecision–to reveal a home you’ll love.
Charles Faudree was named one of America’s top 100 designers. He maintains a retail shop and his Charles Faudree Collection of fabric is marketed through Vervain. He’s the author of four previous books published by Gibbs Smith. He lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.Jenifer Jordan has been a photographer of home interiors and architecture for more than 25 years. She has photographed all of Charles Faudree’s books and also Modern Country. She lives in Tulsa.
The five elements—Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water—are the threads of energy that connect all living beings with nature. Learn how each element is expressed not only in nature, but also through you and your home. Start with a quiz to understand your elemental makeup. Then follow the three-step formula to incorporate feng shui into your life. With a room-to-room guide for using the five elements, instructions for healing spaces both inside and outside, and much more, Decorating With the Five Elements of Feng Shui will help you find harmony in your body, your home, and the world.
Over the past three generations, the rules of homemaking and our very notions of what a homemaker is and does have radically changed. We are still a nation of makers, but we are crafting and creating beyond the home, in both the analog and digital worlds. And in the next ten years, “making” and “homemaking” will evolve further. Tomorrow’s women will find themselves actually manufacturing everything from decor to clothing, from right inside their homes.
In Homemakers, Brit Morin, founder of the wildly popular lifestyle brand and website Brit + Co., reimagines homemaking for the twenty-first century. While today’s generation thrives in the virtual world, they like to work and create in the physical world. Morin inspires you to combine the best of analog and digital, to help you reconnect with your inner creative child-the one who used to love to draw, to build, and to play-to make your home a more creative, functional, and beautiful place.
Full of captivating, colorful spreads, step-by-step DIYs, tips, and unique ideas, Homemakers explores a range of domestic skills room by room in a house, from cooking advice in the kitchen to health and beauty tips in the bathroom. Simple, beautiful, and stylish, it offer ideas for creative living to encourage and enable the digital generation to make.
Remodelista.com is the go-to, undisputed authority for home design enthusiasts, remodelers, architects, and designers. Unlike sites that cater to all tastes, Remodelista has a singular and clearly defined aesthetic: classic pieces trump designs that are trendy and transient, and well-edited spaces take precedence over cluttered environments. High and low mix seamlessly here, and getting the look need not be expensive (think Design Within Reach meets Ikea). Remodelista decodes the secrets to achieving this aesthetic, with in-depth tours and lessons from 12 enviable homes; a recipe-like breakdown of the hardest-working kitchens and baths; dozens of do-it-yourself projects; “The Remodelista 100,” a guide to the best everyday household objects; and an in-depth look at the ins and outs of the remodeling process. In a world of design confusion, Remodelista takes the guesswork out of the process.
A comprehensive collection of single-family houses created by some of the most distinguished international architects and designers, 150 Best of the Best House Ideas showcase the latest trends and various influences on home design.
Incorporating the most up-to-date technological advances in construction and material use, these beautiful dwellings, from cottage-style designs to minimalist geometric constructions, are visually appealing, energy-efficient, and have a low environmental impact.
This beautiful compilation expresses the diversity of current building trends and provides an inspirational source of ideas for artists, designers, architects, home buyers and owners, and anyone interested in keeping-up-to-date with contemporary residential architecture.
In Home from the Hardware Store, artist and designer Stephen Antonson and his wife, Kathleen Hackett ply the aisles of the home improvement center and emerge with a host of ideas for clever, original decorative objects any interior designer would love. Antonson and Hackett cast their eyes on pedestrian materials—drain covers, cork matting, plumbing parts, light sockets, brass nails—and see lamps, wallpaper, table runners, side tables, even cuff links. Organized by decorating challenge, chapters include ideas for lighting, windows and walls, furniture, tabletop, and storage.
Beautiful full-color photos, including how-to pictures along with clear, concise, yet friendly instructions, accompany every project. Sidebars and quick tips are scattered throughout, providing DIYers with gentle reminders and instructions for basic tool and equipment use. Design lovers, crafters, and penny pinchers alike will find much to inspire in Home from the Hardware Store.
A peeling, antioue vanity in muted sea green...
An elegant, cracked chandelier...
An enormous, slipcovered sofa with deep, cushions...
Comfort, the beauty of imperfections, the allure of time-worn objects, and the appeal of simple practical living: these are the cornerstones of what has come to be known as the Shabby Chic style. Like the cozy familiarity of a well-worn pair of faded jeans, the dilapidated elegance of an Italian viIla, or the worn grandeur of faded velvets and mismatched floral china handed down from your grandmother's attic, the Shabby Chic style is a revived appreciation for what is used, well-loved, and worn. It is a respect for natural evolution and a regard for what is easy and sensible.
The hundreds of lavish photographs in this book invite you inside the unique world of Shabby Chic. Rachel Ashwell, founder of theShabby Chic home decor stores, for the first time provides her invaluable and much-sought-after advice on how to re-create Shabby Chic style in your own home. With engaging text and easy-to- follow instructions, Rachel details the Shabby Chic basics in a way that will put even the most apprehensive or novice decorators at ease. From flowers to fabrics to lighting, Rachel illuminates all of the elements essential to this unpretentious yet truly exquisite style.
A behind-the-scenes look at a flea market lets readers in on Rachel's personal secrets of how to cull hidden treasures from flea market trash--an old trunk, its paint peeling around the edges, can be given new life as a coffee table, while a chipped white iron salvage piece becomes the perfect frame for a vintage mirror. This book tells you not only how to restore these pieces but how to find the perfect place for them in your home. Gorgeous color photographs and accompanying text reveal how this relaxed look works with a variety of different styles, from Victorian to Mediterranean to contemporary.
In their first breakthrough style manual, fashion designer Cynthia Rowley and former New York Times Sunday Styles editor Ilene Rosenzweig showed girls-on-the-go how to navigate the world with a little swagger and a lot of grace. Now they're taking the Swell aesthetic home with this inspiring guide to creating the ultimate dream pad. With more of the friendly tone and wry wit that lit up their first book, they introduce the idea of haute décor: How to make dressing up your home as exciting and accessible as buying a new wardrobe: Making it sexy. Trying new looks. Breaking rules. Mixing retro with modern. Changing with the seasons and your moods.
Offering a blueprint for the entire creative process, the two best friends and coauthors take you from inspiration to practical execution. Tour the swell playhouse room by room and see how design daydreams inspired by movies, a Palm Springs vacation, a painting, a favorite dress, or your own personal nostalgia (for the Brady Bunch living room) can become reality.
Full of the authors' own anecdotes and wisdom from a pantheon of swell style heroes, Home Swell Home has household hints, tips, and bits of history on everything you wish you'd known but never would have thought to ask. Some of the tour highlights ahead:
The sixty-minute makeover for when
romantic company's coming
A recipe for a four-star dining room
(hint: logo-print slip covers)
Furniture EMS to resuscitate
Turning the underused kitchen
into a day spa
Wiring "moonlight" into your trees
Create the ultimate sitcom screening room
Three new uses for your coffee table
"Paint" the walls with colored
Get real paint out of your hair!
Swinging from uptown decadence to downtown chic, Home Swell Home demystifies design, sweeps away snobbery, and shows how any house or apartment can be a place for high-style adventures. So come on in!
Permaculture is based on the ethics of caring for people and our planet. It is about growing your own healthy food, being resourceful and environmentally responsible. Permaculture concepts and ideas can be applied successfully from small suburban units to large farming properties.
Getting Started in Permaculture delivers step-by-step knowledge for a variety of useful projects including: making herb fertilizers, compost, organic sprays for pest control, and much, much more. It also includes how to recycle your soft drink bottles, waste paper, and tires in a number of useful projects such as ponds, fruit fly traps, retailing walls, and solar stills.
As part of Permanent Publications Simple Living Series, this practical and accessible guide for gardeners of all skill levels serves as an ideal introduction to the world of permaculture.