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In this beautiful book, Paul and Niko of Earl of East London share the secrets behind the gorgeously scented candles they create at their studio. As well as the basic steps to preparing and pouring candles at home, the book includes a fascinating exploration of the art of building scent, so that the reader can create their own signature fragrances. Paul and Niko are devoted to capturing memories and feelings in scent, and in this book you can learn how to combine different essential oils to trigger different emotions and memories, whether that is the recollection of a childhood holiday conjured up by a hint of mandarin and seaweed, or an imagined walk in your grandparents' garden scented with basil and parsley. Not only is candle making and scent development a wonderfully relaxing craft, it is also a unique way to create personalised gifts or to create a signature scent for your own home or special event.
No book gets to its 4th edition unless it is found to be useful. With its 2,000 illustrations, 320 pages and 100,000 words, The Victorian House Book is the biggest and most comprehensive renovation manual available, offering you more inspirational decorating ideas and practical guidance than any other book on the subject. `Head and shoulders above the rest' is how the RIBA book buyer described it. Written by Robin Guild, one of Britain's most successful interior designers, the book explains how to modernize your house while preserving the original architectural features. The emphasis is on sympathetic improvement: work with the architecture you have, not against it. Windows, doors, roof-lights, fireplaces - all instil character and possess the power to embellish and enhance if treated in the right way.
An elevated yet accessible follow-up to Lauren Liess's Habitat, showcasing her signature easy-living lifestyle Down to Earth picks up right where Lauren Liess's critically acclaimed Habitat left off. While Habitat walked readers through the decorating process step-by-step, Liess's latest title takes a step beyond the basics and invites readers to incorporate the main components of her familiar design aesthetic: nature, easy living, and approachability. With evocative photos and substantive design advice, Down to Earth focuses on creating a lifestyle that inspires creativity and functionality. Throughout the book, Liess shows readers how to incorporate six guiding principles in six unique homes: a new farmhouse, a classic American historical home, a lakeside contemporary house, a modern villa, a turn- of-the-century American Foursquare, and a cedar and glass house on a bluff. While each home has a different architectural style, fingerprints of Liess's down-to-earth style are evident throughout.
Amanda Talbot demonstrates how architecture and interior design at their best can make us safer, healthier, more efficient, enlightened and productive - all contributing to a fundamental sense of wellbeing. In essence, Happy shows us ways in which design can help us live a happy life. This global survey reveals how designers are creating joyous living spaces that play to our emotions - speaking to our hearts as much as to our heads - through strategic planning and execution and by using carefully chosen colours, textures, quality of materials and finishes. Chapters (which incorporate case studies from homes around the world, as well as styled images) include 'Colour', 'Communal', 'Down time', 'Edit', 'Flow', 'Humour', 'Light', 'Location', 'Memories', 'Nature', 'Order', 'Pets', 'Play', 'Senses' and 'Spontaneity'.
A valuable resource for design professionals, historians, and enthusiasts, this book chronicles the development of modern interior design in the United States in the 1930s. With detailed descriptions and more than 200 archival images, design historian Marilyn F. Friedman presents more than 100 interiors by 50 designers and architects, including work by design luminaries Donald Deskey, Paul T. Frankl, Cedric Gibbons, William Lescaze, Tommi Parzinger, Eugene Schoen, Walter Dorwin Teague, Joseph Urban, and Kem Weber. Friedman also draws attention to lesser known male and female designers, including Joseph Aronson, Virginia Conner, Freda Diamond, Robert Heller, and Eleanor Le Maire. Interiors include private commissions, model homes, and exhibition displays that spanned the economic spectrum, from those created for wealthy patrons, such as Walter Annenberg and Abby Rockefeller Milton, to those designed with affordability in mind. The designers of the 1930s had a determination to forge a contemporary style, rejecting the revivalism that had defined American design during the nineteenth century. They drew their inspiration from diverse sources, such as Art Deco, the Bauhaus, the Viennese Secession, Shintoism, and streamlining, and they embraced new concepts in construction, materials, and style. Over the course of the decade they developed a framework for modern interior design that was faithful to core principles of simplicity, practicality and comfort, a conceptual framework that continues to define American modern interior design today.
Jeffrey Bilhuber has created the ultimate decorating handbook for those who love to go to Instagram or Pinterest for inspiration and design knowledge. Kicking aside the standard interior decorator format of showcasing work house by house, the book is divided into chapters that illustrate how to make your home more comfortable, happy, colourful, personal, lighter and brighter, sexy, charming, and cosy. Using iconic images spanning the breadth of his illustrious career, each page sings with a practical takeaway that leaves the reader thinking, Well, I never thought of it like that. Bilhuber s classically informed point of view mixed with his tell-it-like-it-is humour make for memorable tips that will prove valuable the next time you re shopping for a sofa, making a bed, or considering paint colours. From sleek city townhouses to rambling country manors, he s found that ultimately all clients have the same goals regardless of interests, budget, or location. Those clients have included bold-face names like Anna Wintour, Iman, Mariska Hargitay, and Elsa Peretti. And the same advice he shared with them, he now shares with you.
A stunning collection of homes and studios of creatives from all over the world, celebrating the beauty of imperfection.Perfect Imperfect takes as its founding principle the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi, advocating the beauty to be found in imperfection, impermanence and the authentic. Importantly this is done without losing sight of the benefits of living in the 21st century, where designers are merging digital technology with the handmade, rethinking how to use space as well as accommodating the natural world, which is always giving birth to new creative expressions. As this collaborative process involved working across continents, the authors created a list of words and phrases that defined how to curate the work they wanted to include in this stunning book: mutability; irregularity; unfinished and incomplete; void; the effects of accident; unpretentious; simplicity; contrasts; and Leonard Koren's idea that 'beauty can be coaxed out of ugliness'. These words and phrases split the book into visual sections: Spirit of Nature; Strange Beauty; Mark of Hand; Deep Shadow; Weathering & Decay; and Incomplete and Irregular.Perfect Imperfect is a beautiful, inspirational book, with thought-provoking text by Karen McCartney and stunning visuals by Sharyn Cairns and Glen Proebstel. It is a celebration of accident, curation, collection, hesitation, collaboration, reuse, reimagining and true originality. It explores an established aesthetic in a new way, as illustrated by the homes and studios of creatives all over the world. It embraces current design objects alongside well-worn ones, and features interior settings that mix comfort, design and an off-beat beauty.
The third book with kate spade new york, all in good taste is a charming entertaining guide to throwing chic, stylish get-togethers. The culture of entertaining is just as important as the food and drinks you serve, the flowers on your table and the music on your speakers; all in good taste sends rigid rules out the door and invites in unpretentious ideas that are easy, festive, and authentic, always with an air of deliberate polish. Filled with how-to's, personal essays, anecdotes, menus, tips, recipes and a liberal dash of style, all in good taste will transform you into the hostess everyone wants an invitation from. The book covers all of the essential lost arts-how to shuck an oyster, curating a stellar guest list, dinner-table topics, cocktails in the city-right alongside modern conundrums like food photo etiquette and innovations like serving pot pies in teacups. Whether you entertain a little or a lot, or just love being the person everyone wants to sit next to at dinner, all in good taste is the modern classic you'll treasure and dog-ear for years.
Designers' homes are often laboratories where they are free to experiment. These spaces are filled with the designer's most personal and cherished objects, furnishings, and artwork that are concentrated expressions of their style and interests. New York Design at Home profiles 27 homes and looks at how these creative professionals approach design in their personal space. Like most New York City residents, they are decorating with much smaller budgets than their work projects, but they find creative ways to deal with tiny bathrooms, awkward and unusable kitchens, and shared living spaces. Photographed by Noe DeWitt, New York Design at Home highlights the carefully considered details within each interior-the Pablo Picasso painting reproduced as wallpaper, the kitchen utensils on display, textiles that provide pops of color in an otherwise monochromatic space-and captures the creative essence of these homes with new, never-before-published images.
Supposedly unremarkable treasures from nature are the protagonists of this book. The book clearly shows how fragrant flowers, prickly berries, gnarled branches, interestingly marked stones, soft feathers, simple snail shells and many other objects from everyday life can be used to make decorations. They can be arranged to make decorative works of art that can be simple, nostalgic, bold, individual, but always creative and effective. Wonderful photographs inspire the reader to try out the designs themselves. This book features a variety of wonderful decoration ideas using natural materials from all four seasons, for every occasion, every setting and every style. All according to the motto: "Rediscovering the beauty of simple things"
Chedis, chofahs and intricate decorative details are some of the salient architectural features that represent the distinguished Thai style, where function is combined with an innate beauty of form. In this revised edition, some of the most beautiful hotels in Thailand, such as the pagoda-like Sukhothai Hotel and the internationally acclaimed Chiva-Som are featured. Other enchanting depictions in full-colour include elements that are found throughout rustic and modern settings, occasionally bringing the reader into the artfully designed interior. From chic Bangkok residences to provincial country dwellings to picturesque seaside resorts and luxurious hotels, the essence of this fascinating and beautiful country is revealed in the stunning photography of Luca Invernizzi Tettoni.
This is the ultimate showcase of "House Beautiful's" best home decorating tips, in one spectacular volume. Brimming with hundreds and hundreds of stunning photos and a thousand inspiring ideas from two of "House Beautiful's" most successful books, "500 Sensational Ways to Create Your Ideal Home" (9781588167583) and "500 Makeovers" (9781588166944), this lavish collection is packed with suggestions for every type of home renovation project. Whether you're planning a large-scale transformation or doing a quick touch up, you'll find terrific advice in easy-to-manage bite-size doses, all organised by room or design element.
The New Boho Handbook guides readers in beautifully simple techniques for adding good vibes, and style to living spaces. Packed with hundreds of ideas for bringing positive energy to your home, the book features exercises and activities for thinking about rooms in new ways. With Justina's expert guidance, learn how to rearrange, paint, prop, and plant your way to a home that's fresh and inspiring. Uncover your "spirit environment" and learn how to use colour and scent to enhance mood, productivity, and relaxation. Revel in Justina's encouraging advice, ("you got this!") and easily and affordably turn any dwelling into a personal sanctuary.
The handmade rug industry has gone through a revolution in the last twenty-five years, and no one is better placed to explain how and why than Fritz Langauer and Ernst Swietly, who have been buying, making, collecting and writing about rugs for over fifty years. Rugs are now being made in colours and designs unimagined just a few decades ago. This new book is the only title available that shows how carpet making has changed in all traditional rug making nations as well as demonstrating through images of rugs in interior settings how the style and use of rugs has changed. Carpets carry many unspoken narratives about peoples and places - this new book reveals some of these for the first time thanks to the first-hand experience of the authors in the souks and bazars of the Middle East.
This easy-to-use reference guide contains fabric, fringe and trim quantities using metric measurement, making it an essential reference tool for anyone involved in curtain making and design. Included are quantity tables for curtains, valances, pelmets, swags and tails, blinds and tablecloths.
With the lyrics of a Replacements song running through his head ("Look me in the eye, then tell me that I'm satisfied"), David Giffels--with his wife and infant son in tow--combs the environs of Akron, Ohio, in search of the perfect house for his burgeoning family. The quest ends at the front door of a beautiful but decaying Gilded Age mansion, the once-grand former residence of a rubber-industry executive. It lacks functional plumbing and electricity, leaks rain like a cartoon shack, and is infested with all manner of wildlife. But for a young father at a coming-of-age crossroads, the challenge is precisely the allure.
All the Way Home is Giffels's funny, poignant, and confounding journey through the great adventure of restoring a crumbling house on the way to discovering what the words "grown up" and "home" really mean.
This lavishly photographed interiors book shows how to leave behind design "rules" to create truly beautiful, original interiors. For over 20 years, Kit Kemp has been at the forefront of the international design community, with her signature style that mixes contemporary elements with antiques and junk-shop finds, luxurious fabrics with printed wallpapers and hand finished detailing with collections of simple objects that create impact. She avoids taking design too seriously, playing with scale, colour and pattern to create very personal, handcrafted spaces. Alongside the stunning images of room sets and detailed close-ups will be the inspiration behind Kit's work and her tips for creating your own version of her style at home. Interiors are meant for living in, and the key is to create a space that is comfortable, beautiful and reflects who you really are.
Great design should always make the mind travel, and the whimsical Arts & Crafts designs found in Singapore's famous black and white houses remain as inspirational today as they did in the early twentieth century. This new and updated collection showcases over 23 buildings, from Raffles Hotel, the High Commissioner's residence and airbase camps to private houses that have not been photographed before. Inside, a dazzling cornucopia of styles, in which modern art, period antiques and contemporary furniture are arranged together, provide rich source material for the East meets West design enthusiast.
With pillows fluffed and curtains pulled back, design secrets are revealed. From established masters of the field (Jamie Drake, Stephen Sills, Tom Britt, Jeffrey Bilhuber) to comparatively newer talents, the reader will learn about diverse approaches to decoration and the art of fine living from some of today s most successful interior designers with wit, candor, and passion. Other featured subjects include Alex Papachristidis, Robert Couturier, Howard Slatkin, and Katie Ridder. From suggestions on entertaining and creating noteworthy tablescapes to practical advice on storage and displaying collections, the text guides readers to live full and savvy lives. Decorators own residences ranging from town houses to studios show design in action and often reflect concise principals for living efficiently and stylishly. Join New York Social Diary and many of the top interior designers of today to get a behind-the-scenes look at how the professionals live in their private (and refined) worlds. A book for decorating professionals and lovers of interior design and life in the great city.
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