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House & Garden Book of Style: The Best of Contemporary Decorating Hardcover – October 30, 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
Dominique Browning and the editors of House & Garden magazine celebrate the 100th anniversary of their shelter publication with House & Garden Book of Style, featuring contemporary trends. The magazine has documented traditional design and charted the progress of the essential elements of style "form, color, line, proportion, scale, texture, pattern, and material." Grouped according to updated classics, new international, country luxe, minimalism, bohemian chic, grand tour, and midcentury modern, the trends explored here are splendidly illustrated by the 250 full-color photos covering the breadth of possibilities.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
From the Inside Flap
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of House & Garden, this fully illustrated book presents important contemporary decorating trends in stunning homes.
From one-room makeovers to complete renovations, home-decorating projects are flourishing across the country. House & Garden Book of Style explores seven of today's most popular looks, including the rustic charm of Country Luxe, the urban sophistication of New International, and the cross-cultural eclecticism of Bohemian Chic. Interweaving the stories of homeowners and the insights of professional decorators, each chapter features full-color pictures of four to six residences that typify the style, and the do's and don'ts of getting a style right.
The first book from House & Garden in more than 15 years, this is an irresistible combination of inspiration, innovative ideas, and practical know-how.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book covers a panoply of styles, from "Country Luxe" to "New International" to "Mid-Century Modern" and beyond. The shabby warmth of English-inspired rooms is covered, as is the prissier French look--but as HOUSE & GARDEN so often does, there is almost always a visual wrench thrown into the works to get your attention and make you rethink your assumptions about a particular genre. Perfectly making the point is the photograph on p. 25, which shows an 18th-century settee decorously covered in a taupe damask, above which hangs what appears to be a piece of Spirograph art made with screamingly bright primary oil paints. The effect is jarring--but it works.
The thinking which goes into the decoration of these rooms is explored just as deeply as the looks themselves. Although photographs take up most of the room--as they should, since this is a case when a picture telling a thousand words is not only desirable, but necessary for instructing the reader--the text is informative and enlightening. The end result is that these profoundly individual rooms make their own cases, and what beautiful cases they make.