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It's All in the Details: A Decorating Workshop (House Beautiful) (House Beautiful Series) Hardcover – 18 Jan 2007

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Hearst Communications; annotated edition edition (18 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1588164985
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588164988
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2 x 25.4 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,264,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What a brilliant but busy summer/autumn I had in 2013!
As well as writing the latest Great British Sewing Bee Book ( which reached #4 Amazon Bestseller) to companion the BBC2 TV programme, I spent sunny days down at Mapledurham, the film location for BBC2's new programme, The Big Allotment Challenge, researching and styling that companion book.

A professional journalist and author of more than 30 books, I've been writing about all things home, garden and making for about 30 years. I've always believed everyone is creative and love to inspire anyone who wants to flex those creative muscles to have a go! I do this by showing-them-how through photographs, illustrations and words. I see myself as a kind of translator - taking what seems to be complicated and making it simple to understand and easy to do for the reader.

I'm loving the current resurgence of interest - passion, even - to acquire lost traditional skills and use them in new ways. I also think, once you have those tools, one form of creativity can inform and enrich another. I live in a particularly vibrant and creative neighbourhood in South East London, which provides me with a constant source of inspiration. I personally believe simplicity in design is often the most beautiful, and this is what I aim for in any projects I produce. I hope that gives people the confidence to develop their own sense of style and creativity.

For me, I've been sewing since I was five years old and my interest in gardening started not long afterwards as I trailed behind my horticulturally-trained grandmother around her vegetable garden and flower garden. I've been writing about crafts and sewing and gardening for more than 20 years in newspapers, magazines and books, and for about five years, I had a regular column in Practical Gardening magazine.

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Through breathtaking images - fully annotated, "It's All in the Details" goes room-by-room, revealing how professionals use moldings, baseboards, wainscoting, picture rails, doorframes, decorative mantels and other embellishments to create character. And that's not all: taps, door hardware, floor and window treatments and other essential design elements get illustrated coverage too, while photos showcase authentic colour palettes for different periods and design approaches. Whatever the style and period of your house, these inspiring pages will enlighten you on the myriad trims and hardware that give a home ambiance - and increase its value.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great book, but a repeat for House Beautiful avid readers 9 Dec 2007
By Rozarooni - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I would have given this book five stars...had it not been the first time I'd seen the material contained within it's cover. You see, I own several House Beautiful books that focus on decorating small homes/rooms. Unfortunately, MANY of the ideas in the book had beeen seen before in House Beautiful's other small-home decorating volumes and magazines. Alas, I felt as if I was re-reading a book that I'd JUST purchased!

Although the photographs are indeed lovely and some of the suggestions practical and quite useful, ultimately you need to SEE this book at a bookstore in order to give it a quick once-through to be certain that you don't already have the images and information other similiar books by House Beautiful have contained. Several of the pictures looked familiar and sure enough...when I checked, they were indeed duplicates from previous works.

Essentially, if you don't already own a book of this fashion, it's a fabulous purchase that will be sure not to disappoint you, but check and re-check it's pages at your local bookstore if you are a regular House Beautiful customer.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Details in Decorating 23 Jan 2014
By L. M. Keefer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
It's the details which make a room come alive, and this book takes attractive rooms which have been featured in HOUSE BEAUTIFUL and discusses the details in the design. Although I had seen most of the rooms before, if you don't subscribe to the magazine, or want further insight on the details of decorating, this may be a five star book for you. When I teach classes on design, details is a topic students want to know more about.
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