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One of the most powerful design philosophies of recent years has been architect Glenn Murcutt's dictum that buildings should "touch the earth lightly." Ever since the Industrial Revolution, architects have sought to liberate our houses from their solid foundations, but now climate change, new materials and restricted land use have given fresh impetus to finding lightweight solutions for our dwellings. The projects here combine two strands of thinking: that buildings can weigh less and have minimal impact on their environments, and that this lightness--visual, material, ecological--can create beautiful, ethereal houses that offer new, natural modes of habitation and greater communion with our surroundings. Each of the 40 houses selected by Phyllis Richardson--author of the widely successful "XS" series and "Nano House"--is presented through photographs, plans and lucid explanations. Residences that float on air or water, ingenious constructions using local materials, innovative structures, inflatable spaces, high-tech hyper-intelligent houses--"superlight" takes many forms. From the desert landscape of Arizona to the urban jungle of Tokyo, from rural China to mountainous Chile, this book brings new solutions for architects and designers everywhere.
In Keep it Simple, Atlanta Bartlett and David Coote present a practical and inspirational guide to creating a happy and relaxed home that works perfectly for everyone who lives in it. They start at the very beginning, explaining the key elements at the heart of their own unique decorating philosophy, The Simple Mindset, which appreciates good, honest design, values quality not quantity and advocates rediscovering the simple pleasures of life. In Chapter 2: Making it Happen, Atlanta and Dave focus on design essentials such as working with existing architecture and choosing colour, furniture, fabrics, accessories and other decorative details. Finally, in Living the Dream, they take a tour through every room in the home, from attic to cellar, revealing how easy and enjoyable it can be to put together rooms that are practical yet personal and beautiful, and to create a home that's easy to live in and easy on the eye.
After getting his start years ago on HGTV, Orlando Soria has made his way to the upper strata of the blogosphere with Hommemaker, his blog about home decor, art, style, and life. His distinctive voice-funny, confessional, and honest-has made him the Dan Savage of millennial homemaking. Now he brings together his most original, endearing, and irreverent advice in one gorgeous book that will help readers out of all kinds of tight spots-whether it's throwing a dinner party when you're broke, hanging art like a gallery owner, or preparing your home for an unwanted guest. In sections on interior style, design, "Homme Life," DIY, and general life lessons, Orlando offers advice on topics such as "How to Make Non-Garbagey Flower Arrangements" and "How to Deal with a Soul-Sucking Breakup." He helps readers problem solve, avoid rookie mistakes, and choose a wall color that won't make them puke. Photographer Zeke Ruelas's stunning images accompany Orlando's tips on designing for dudes, making your own coffee table, and decorating a kid's room. Whether you're short on cash or have money to burn, Orlando's unique and highly contagious take on life will inspire, comfort, and reassure you that anyone can Get It Together!
This publication presents a fresh look into the private dwellings of the most exciting creative talents in Paris - individuals from the music, fashion, design, film and art worlds. The 27 properties photographed exclusively for the book are loosely arranged by their location across the city's grooviest, on-the-edge arrondissements - from the elevated bohemianism of the Left Bank to the trendy Marais and the edgier Belleville and 13th - and reflect the cosmopolitan melting pot that influences Paris's design trends. Aimed at an urban audience who dream of revamping their city crash pads, or who want to inject glamour into their personal spaces, New Paris Style is packed with creative and inspiring ideas, for wherever you live.
Terence Conran has always believed that objects - and surroundings - that are plain, simple and useful are the key to easy living. By being practical and performing well over time, they are as much the antidote to superficial styling as they are to the shoddy and second-rate. Applied to the home as a whole, this discerning approach results in interiors that are effortlessly stylish, confident and timeless, with plenty of room for the expression of personal taste. Plain Simple Useful is organized according to the main activities that take place at home. Inspirational interiors, many of which are Conran's own, and a number of projects designed by him exclusively for this book, provide all the guidance you need to tailor-make your own storage. The book also features iconic examples of classic designs that will enhance any home, as well as a peek behind the closed doors of those well-ordered cupboards, larders and other stowing spaces that contribute so much to easy living.
A brilliant home design reference guide for Devon homeowners There are many reasons for keeping your home bang up-to-date as it's a valuable and appreciating asset that can be made all the more attractive for a little thought and effort. The Home Design Yearbook has been devised to save you from hours of endless internet searching, bringing together many of Devon's best companies to help you achieve your home design aims. It's a highly visual reference guide which also features tips and highlights on the most recent home design trends with accompanying photographic references. This is a local-interest book that will have wide appeal, with the potential audience being anyone owning a home in Devon. An indispensable home project reference guide including many premier Devon based businesses
Discover Rachel Ashwell's floral inspirations and the unique touch she brings to interiors in her first book dedicated to flowers, a deeply-held passion come to life. Flowers and floral decoration are at the core of Rachel Ashwell's world and her designs. From her showcase rose garden in California, she set out with photographer Amy Neunsinger to capture the full-blown romance of the quintessential English country house, the dramatic colourways of northern Europe, and the faded opulence of a Parisian apartment. This is the story of that magical journey, which takes us through a variety of beautiful spaces large and small, some ornate and others simple. Every aspect of floral accents is showcased, from wallpaper to fabrics, floors to ceilings, architectural details, lighting and, of course, flower arrangements, some breathtaking and some simple... but all beautiful in their own right. Rachel Ashwell is the author of Shabby Chic Interiors and Shabby Chic Inspirations.
There is an enormous pleasure in having a place where you can get away from it all, a small intimate space where you can live out your fantasies or simply indulge a passion. This could be a boat moored on an urban waterway or a wilderness shack miles from anywhere, lost among nature. The book is divided into two main sections, with a wealth of case studies showing a fantastic selection of individual homes from home. Huts and Hideways includes low-impact buildings, often constructed to blend with their surroundings, made of materials sympathetic to their environment. They include cabins made from wood, metal and stone or carved from the landscape itself, to treehouses perched in leafy heights. The second section Homes to Go covers mobile or moveable accommodation, providing temporary shelter in various locations, from vintage shepherd's huts and gleaming airtstream trailors to bell tents and tipis and sleek and compact boats.
'Hayward is one of the ... best food writers alive' Simon Schama in The New York Times The kitchen is the heart of the home - it's where we spend leisure time as a family, where we feed ourselves and where we entertain our friends. The average western family spends more money on the kitchen than they do on a car or a holiday. We fill our kitchens with objects and tools that reflect our needs, tastes and desires. There is nowhere else in daily domestic life where design impinges quite as much as in the kitchen. Every item in the kitchen has its own story. Through 70 familiar objects, The ModernKitchen maps the progress and development of this functional yet also wildly aspirational space. Why do the casserole dish and the wooden salad bowl exert such a cultural hold over us? Has the accumulation of electrical appliances led us to cook and eat differently? As well as studying the individual objects that have had such a huge impact on the way we live now, The Modern Kitchen examines kitchen design, economics and social history through a series of essays. Embodying notions about class, gender, wealth and health, the home kitchen, its layout, set-up and contents, remains a neat illustration of our beliefs, tastes, aesthetics and aspirations - the portrait of our domestic lives.
With 30 brand new contemporary designs for modern window treatments and 26 updated illustrations, this revised and expanded fourth edition of The Curtain Design Directory offers even more ideas and solutions than ever before. Browse through the book and create your own beautiful window treatments, drawing inspiration from more than 400 hand-drawn black-and-white illustrations. This edition provides even more essential information; including a helpful window measuring sheet, detailed information about positioning fittings, how to determine the correct proportions for top treatments and estimating fabric quantities. The Curtain Design Directory is the must-have handbook for every interior designer and curtain maker.
Carleton Varney turns his decorating vision towards the water in his most recent tome, Decorating on the Waterfront. Here, he gathers stunning images of new design projects in this collection of inspirational stories that use motifs and colours from years by the shore. Growing up on the Massachusetts coast influenced his penchant for bright cheerful colour schemes and warm polished interiors that exude luxury living today. Varney continues to live near the ocean and decorates for clients on the waterfront from Palm Beach, Florida to the shores of Lake Huron, Michigan. This book brings into focus Varney's career-long journey to bring elements and inspirations from the world around us to life at home.
Kathryn Scott is a designer whose disciplined eye results in interiors praised for their beauty and minimalism, as well as their artisanal details. Through ten residences, bookended by Scott s own acclaimed five-story, nineteenth-century Italianate brownstone in Brooklyn Heights and her ravishing country house, the book explores the idea of home as sanctuary, a place to rest, replenish, and refocus. From a Parisian-inspired neoclassical town house, to an elegant Central Park West penthouse, to a modern retreat in the Hudson Valley, the houses profiled here showcase the importance of architectural detailing, the classical rules of proportion, and the importance of integrating beautiful materials and finishes in uncommon ways. Interwoven with the stories of the houses are explorations of the themes found in Scott s work. This book is a celebration of simplicity, beautiful detailing, and unexpected materials and styles.
Here is a new book rich in visual choices for everyone planning to build in their backyard. Whether you're hoping to create a simple trellis to train roses or erect a pavillion to entertain the extended family, this is the perfect place to start. Over 400 photos illustrate an impressive quantity of architectural additions for the backyard, from arched gateways to grand gazebos, pretty pergolas, picture-perfect pagodas, and fascinating follies. An illustrated glossary gives you the language and historical reference to help you achieve a more interesting landscape. This will be a treasured reference for any landscaping professional, landscape architect, backyard shed builder, or homeowner aspiring beyond the average.
This jewel of a decorating book looks at the design details that make up a room's decor, the stylish little touches that can help any room transcend the ordinary. Whether through the luxurious trim and tassel of a bedroom curtain, the whimsy of a uniquely upholstered chair in the dining room, a loose but lush visual landscape on an entry hall table, or a deeply personal arrangement of treasures upon a dressing table, this book celebrates how chic design can be when expressed through personal details and provides a wealth of vignettes to inspire home owners and designers. Organized by type of design arrangement, from full rooms designed with attention to detail and entire walls depicting inspiring arrangements of art and objects, to more intimate still lifes arrayed on desktops, mantels, and bookshelves, It's the Little Things shows us how to display our beloved objects to create sophisticated interiors. With interiors by some of the world's top designers, such as Alessandra Branca, Bunny Williams, John Derian, and India Hicks, among others, and with Salk's encouraging design tips, It's the Little Things inspires us to slow down and pay attention to the details that can add richness and personality to any interior.
Mid-Century Modern Interiors explores the history of interior design during arguably its most iconic and influential period. The 1930s to the 1960s in the United States was a key moment for interior design. It not only saw the emergence of some of interior design's most globally-important designers, it also saw the field of interior design emerge at last as a profession in its own right. Through a series of detailed case studies this book introduces the key practitioners of the period - world-renowned designers including Ray and Charles Eames, Richard Neutra, and George Nelson - and examines how they developed new approaches by applying systematic and rational principles to the creation of interior spaces. It takes us into the mind of the designer to show how they each used interior design to express their varied theoretical interests, and reveals how the principles they developed have become embodied in the way interior design is practiced today. This focus on unearthing the underlying ideas and concepts behind their designs rather than on the finished results creates a richer, more conceptual understanding of this pivotal period in modernist design history. With an extended introduction setting the case studies within the broader context of twentieth-century design and architectural history, this book provides both an introduction and an in-depth analysis for students and scholars of interior design, architecture and design history.
Whether you're sports crazy, a petrolhead, a movie buff or a have a record collection that could rival Spotify, Man Caves will help you create a sanctuary in your own home in which to enjoy your hobbies. In need of a spot where you can escape another Sunday afternoon Frozen sing-along with the kids and watch the big game instead? Are you slowly running out of shelf space for that ever-growing comic book collection? Has your despairing partner finally given you the "It's me or the motorbikes" ultimatum? Does any of this sound familiar? If so it's time to start thinking about setting up a space of your own; a place where you can collect, create or simply spend a few blissful hours away from it all. Every man needs one of these! With ideas for creating over 25 amazing themed man caves, there's a space to suit all interests. Each entry comes with advice on layouts and the various things you'll need to fill your cave, plus a guide to the finest pieces of kit money can buy - from home-brewing equipment to cigar humidors. Also included is helpful advice on setting up your man cave, working with the space you have and the essentials every man cave needs.
Cupcakes and Cashmere by Emily Schuman is a book based on her popular blog of the same name. Emily's philosophy is that readers can add flare and style to all aspects of their life and that doing so is easier than it may seem. Readers will find practical advice on making everyday and every space unique and inviting in a fashion that is both in vogue and playful. Organised by season, the book expands on Schuman's popular blog by incorporating style advice, entertaining ideas, decorating tips and easy, accessible recipes. Each season includes fashion tips, 01Y projects, party planning ideas, beauty how4os and seasonal recipes. All of the material is completely original for the book and have not been featured on the site in the past. Many of the ideas and projects are based on questions that Emily's loyal fans have asked throughout the years. With gorgeous colour photography Emily creates a lifestyle that is chic and achievable for every reader, making this the ultimate guide to style across all aspects of day to day life.
Outside In: Design by Pentago is a stunning coffee-table book comprising the remarkable portfolio of modern tropical architectural and landscaping projects from the internationally-renowned firm, Pentago. This book introduces readers to Pentago's unique 'Outside In' philosophy of design - breaking through the walls of the inside and bringing the outside in. It is about creating a seamless transit space between the landscape and the architecture. Formed in 1990, Pentago is a boutique landscape and architectural firm with a flair for bringing intuition into each and every aspect of their design. They are well-known for their signature modern tropical 'inside out' approach that melds together the realms of the natural landscape with architectural design and have over the years literally changed the face of the earth in the name of practical, natural and holistic living. Pentago's main office is based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Outside In contains more than 200 beautiful, full-color photographs and sketches, complemented by design and concept notes, all of which will ensure that design enthusiasts are moved and inspired.
Known for his meticulously researched, European-inspired style, Marshall Watson creates interiors that are rich in texture, detail, and simple luxuries. In his first book, Watson shares his finest work, demonstrating that while each of these homes is as unique as its owner, they all adhere to principles that transform a mere series of spaces into a genuine, coherent home: warmth; light; peace; comfort; balance; proportion; liveability; and last but not least, appropriateness. Whether in an Italianate villa in Los Cabos or a family idyll on a Swedish island, a Gramercy Park apartment that blends shimmer and restraint, or a Newport Beach cottage warmed by walls finished in egg-yolk yellow, Watson explains how he translated each family s lifestyle and aspirations, the house s history, and the surrounding environment into a highly original form of elegance and how anyone can discover his or her own. Beautifully photographed with lavish images of Watson s work, this inspiring book is a must-have for interior design lovers.
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