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Window Dressings: Beautiful Draperies & Curtains for the Home Paperback – September 1, 2011

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Windows are an integral part of the design and structure of a room. InWindowDressings: BeautifulDraperies andCurtains for theHome, Brian Coleman explores stunning window décor from Palm Beach to Seattle to New York, created by some of the country’s most respected designers. Showcasing a wide variety of styles and decorating philosophies, Window Dressings reveals how to successfully create the right look for any window in the house. Featuring the work of renowned designers in locations including Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, and San Francisco, there are styles and colors to suit practically every taste. Coleman discusses the importance of good curtain and drapery construction, utilizing seventeen beautiful hand drawings to classify and identify specific details.

A comprehensive glossary explains terms from cording to cornices so you can converse confidently with your designer or workroom. An extensive resource guide includes designers and sources for finding window hardware around the country.

Whether you’re planning for a traditional living room with a mullioned bay window, a formal dining room with French doors, or just a small bedroom with a single window tucked under the eaves, Window Dressings: Beautiful Draperies and Curtains for the Home is the source of inspiration and practical advice that can help.

Brian D. Coleman, M.D., is a practicing psychiatrist in Seattle, Washington. Also an old-house enthusiast, he has grown his love for historic restoration into an active second career. He has written numerous articles on historic home design for magazines ranging from Old House Journal to Period Living in the United Kingdom and is the West Coast editor for Old House Interiors. Brian is the author of Extraordinary Interiors: Decorating with Architectural Salvage and Antiques; Details: How to Decorate with Architectural Salvage and Antiques; Scalamandré: Luxurious Home Interiors; Classic Cottages; Vintage Victorian Textiles and The Victorian Dining Room. He divides his time between New York and Seattle.

William Wright, a commercial photographer since 1984, specializes in architectural assignments. Born and raised on Long Island inNew York, Bill moved to Seattle in 1987, where he now lives with his wife, Pauline. Along with projects commissioned by architects and interior designers, his photography has been featured in numerous publications including Sunset, Old House Interiors, Romantic Homes, Victorian Homes, and SeattleHomes and Lifestyles. His work can be viewed at www.williamwrightphoto.com.

About the Author

Brian D. Coleman, MD, divides his time between Seattle and New York. His articles have appeared in magazines ranging from Old House Journal, where he is the West Coast editor; to Period Living in the U.K. Brian is the author of seven books on the decorative arts, including the recent titles Farrow & Ball and Cottages.



William Wright, a commercial photographer since 1984, specializes in architectural assignments. Born and raised on Long Island inNew York, Bill moved to Seattle in 1987, where he now lives with his wife, Pauline.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423623398
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423623397
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,390,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian D. Coleman, MD, divides his time between Seattle and New York. His articles have appeared in magazines ranging from Old House Journal, where he is the West Coast editor; to Period Living in the U.K. Brian is the author of seven books on the decorative arts, including the recent titles Farrow & Ball and Cottages.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Gale on April 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I own many window treatment books, and this is one of my top favorites. It is definitely full of high-end draperies with an up-to-date look. I actually know one of the professional seamstresses and everything she does is to perfection! I bought it on the recommendation of someone else and couldn't have been happier. Lots of gorgeous fabrics dripping with the best of tassels and trims. You won't be disappointed!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Fuller on March 10, 2007
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Although, the photography is lovely, I was hoping for a more diverse array of styles. The styles represented a lot of "East Coast" looking window treatments that are quite lovely and "fussy" but not styles that work well in my part of the country with high ceilings and less historical architecture.

Tracy Fuller
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Candace on August 12, 2007
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This is a fabulous book with over 150 pages of color plates showing creative variations on draperies, swags, shades, pleats, jabots, trims, hardware, and color combinations by top window treatment designers. Photographs always include both a helpful closeup of the key element as well as a full view of the treatment as part of the room's theme. It also includes a glossary of terms and an extensive resource guide at the end. It's the best book I have on current day treatments covering a variety of traditional and contemporary styles.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jean on April 5, 2007
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Really lovely examples of window treatments from various locations in the country, from the simple to the ornate. Plus, a dictionary of terms and a list of sources.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ShadyLady on September 15, 2008
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The photos in the book are not just of windows----they also show the room itself, including upholstered furniture, bed treatments, walls, flooring, etc. So, it is a "decorating" book, not just a "window treatment" book. This book will be one of my favorites; I love just about all the photos. I also recommend the following two books: Diamond Baratta Design; and Great Color & Pattern Collection with Betsy Speert.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Victorian Collector on April 2, 2007
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This was a very interesting book and was a welcome addition to my portion

of my library on interior decorating. We are in the process of looking to purchase a historic Victorian home. And in this end all tips, hints and ideas are a great asset.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John Witherspoon on March 18, 2007
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ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOKS ON WINDOW TREATMENTS AND QUITE A TREAT TO PEAK AT WHAT SOME STYLES ARE LIKE IN THE MIDWEST STYLE, WHICH IS RARELY PUBLISHED. I LIKE THE CLASSICAL STYLES....
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